1st Prizewinner and Audience Prizewinner at the 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2017, and hailed as “brilliantly fresh, unexpected and exhilarating” by The Scottish Herald, the Maxwell Quartet is now firmly regarded as one of Britain's finest string quartets, with a strong commitment to bringing together wide-ranging projects and programmes to expand the string quartet repertoire. The Strad Magazine has described the quartet's performances as "superb storytelling by great communicators".
The quartet performs regularly across the UK and abroad, at venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, and the quartet is currently on the Park Lane Young Artist Programme, the Tunnell Trust Awards Scheme, and the Kirckman Concert Society programme.
After their success at Trondheim in 2017, the quartet's 2017-18 season sees concert engagements across Europe including Denmark, Norway, Germany and the Netherlands.
The Quartet formed in 2010 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where its founding members met as postgraduate students. In 2011 they were selected as the Royal Conservatoire's Young Artists in Residence. The quartet was also named as Residency Artists for Enterprise Music Scotland 2011-2013, which saw them giving several acclaimed concert tours over their two-year tenure. Performing widely across Scotland the quartet has established a reputation for delighting audiences with their "unnaffected enthusiasm" (North Highland Times) and their "panache and conviction" (Strathearn Herald). The 2014/15 season saw the quartet giving an acclaimed series of the late Schubert Quartets at Perth Concert Hall in Scotland, in addition to a season-long residency at St Anne’s College, Oxford. In 2015/16 the Quartet curated their first Ballet project in association with London Studio Centre and the Royal Ballet School, and collaborated with many artists including cinematographer Herman Kolgen.
The Maxwell Quartet has appeared at many festivals including the Cottier Chamber Project, Lammermuir Festival, Loch Shiel Spring Festival, Newbury Festival, SOUND Festival, BBC Chamber Music Proms and more. It has collaborated with the likes of pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and cellist David Watkin. Composers who have written for the Maxwell Quartet include Anna Meredith, Tom Harrold, and Gareth Williams; and they have worked closely with the likes of Robert Saxton, Rory Boyle, and David Horne to perform their music.
Passionate about collaborating with non-classical artists and other artforms, the quartet has worked with a global roster of artists and institutions including Cryptic Theatre, Wintour’s Leap, Royal Ballet School, Lunir and many more. In addition to a busy concert diary, the quartet have featured in broadcasts for BBC Radio Scotland, as well as regularly giving schools workshops and concerts for children.
The Maxwell Quartet has studied with the Endellion Quartet through a Chamber Studio mentorship programme at King's Place, and in 2017 will study privately with Hatto Beyerle, founding member of the Alban Berg Quartet and director of ECMA, in Hanover, Germany.
The quartet plays on very fine instruments generously loaned to them from the Harrison Frank Foundation.
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