Hailed as one of the most charismatic and "adventurous" quartets of the British chamber music scene (The Strad), the Villiers Quartet have developed an international reputation as exceptional interpreters of English composers including Elgar, Britten and Delius. Formed in 2011, they have been declared "one of the best quartets around today" (Jerry Horner, Fine Arts Quartet), and their performances of Shostakovich and Tischenko have been hailed as "masterful playing." (Classical Source)
Named after Villiers Street in London's colourful musical epicentre, the Villiers Quartet won first prize in the 2015 Radcliffe Chamber Music Competition. They are the Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Oxford.
The Villiers Quartet programme begins with Mendelssohn's first mature quartet, written shortly after Beethoven's death and said to link Classical form to Romantic expression. They follow with the little known third quartet by Hubert Parry and the last quartet of Dvořák, which was actually published before the 13th Quartet which the Sarconni Quartet play in the first concert of this season.
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