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The Endellion String Quartet

Arts Centre

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West Road Concert Hall
11 West Road

Tel: 01223-357851

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Endellion String Quartet

Andrew Watkinson & Ralph de Souza Violins, Garfield Jackson Viola & David Waterman Cello


The Endellion String Quartet celebrates its 36th anniversary in 2015.  Gramophone stated, ‘There's always a feeling when listening to the Endellion Quartet that you're listening to the Urtext method of quartet playing. Maybe 35 years of playing together has brought to them as a group a uniformity of thought and instinct that allows them to play as a single entity.’

Over the years, the Quartet’s schedule has included regular tours of North and South America and concerts in Australasia, the Far East, Middle East, South Africa and Western Europe. Everywhere, the Endellion String Quartet ‘sets the audience ablaze’ (Daily Telegraph) and ‘captivates concertgoers with a remarkable rapport, playing to each other with a sense almost of discovery, communicating to the audience on a level of unusual intimacy.’ (Guardian)

The Quartet – over six concerts – recently performed a Beethoven Cycle at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Strad Magazine marvelled over ‘the trust and risk-taking that comes from years of playing together – [it] was a true delight.’ Other recent and future highlights include appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, International Festival of Music in Tarragona, Montreal’s Pollack Hall and a tour of Mexico, including a performance at the Festival Internacional Cervantino.

In Britain, the Endellion String Quartet has appeared at nearly all of the major series and festivals and has broadcast many times on BBC radio and television. It has appeared at the BBC Proms and been featured in the week-long programmes 'Artist of the Week' and 'Artists in Focus'. Its presence in London has been marked by several series both at the Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall, where the Quartet members were Artistic Directors of several 'Quartet Plus' series. It has worked with guest artists including members of the former Amadeus Quartet, Sir Thomas Allen, Joshua Bell, Michael Collins, Steven Isserlis, Mitsuko Uchida and Tabea Zimmermann. In 1996 the Quartet won the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Best Chamber Ensemble.

The Endellion continues its prestigious Residency at Cambridge University, as well as its renowned series at Wigmore Hall, London and The Venue, Leeds. In addition to its Cambridge University Residency, the Endellion String Quartet has undertaken three short-term residencies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA.  From 2001 to 2010 it was Associate Quartet of the RNCM; and 2011 saw the start of its position as Visiting Quartet in Association with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

‘The Endellions emerge with flying colours’ in its latest Warner’s release - Britten String Quartets – which has been described as ‘enormously moving’ (BBC Music Magazine) and ‘quartet playing at the top level’ (Luister). In reaction to the Quartet’s release of Haydn String Quartets, International Record Review stated that ‘the sound, even by today’s standards, is extraordinary’.

Released in its 30th year, the Endellion's complete Beethoven quartets and viola quintets (supported by The Stradivari Trust) is notable for including rarely heard works, movements, studies, and fragments for quartet and quintet, as well as Beethoven’s complete early version of Op.18 No.1 and his remarkable quartet arrangement of his Piano Sonata Op.14 No.1. The texts used in these recordings were prepared by the notable Beethoven scholar and editor, Jonathan Del Mar, in collaboration with the Quartet. The Observer commented ‘ ... these superb musicians respond to the dark undertow so characteristic of Beethoven's quartets as much as the gentle lyricism which invariably breaks through. The rest of this cycle is a mouth-watering prospect.’ The Endellions have also recorded Mozart, Bartók, Dvořák, Smetana, Foulds, Walton, Bridge, Adès, Schubert, Barber, Amy Beach and Tchaikovsky.

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians concludes that ‘The Endellion is arguably the finest quartet in Britain, playing with poise, true intonation, excellent balance and a beautiful tone.’


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