Date(s) - 15/06/2013
Bridlington Priory Church
This dynamic and engaging string quartet formed in 2007 at the Royal Northern College of Music, winning prizes in London, Budapest and Geneva. We were delighted to welcome them to the Priory for a stunning evening of music making, which included Schubert’s Quartet in E Flat D.87, Beethoven’s Quartet Op 18 no.1 in F major, and Dvorak’s Quartet in E flat Op.51.
“The polish of the Benyounes Quartet was new… they already seem seasoned veterans with their tight ensemble and confident projection.” – The Times
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In June 2012, the quartet won 2nd prize at the 1st International Sandor Vegh String Quartet Competition in Budapest, where no first or third prize was awarded. In addition, they received four special prizes including Best Interpretation of a Bartok Quartet and Best Performance of the commissioned piece. They were also invited to perform at the new Liszt Academy and in the Budapest Spring Festival in 2013. In May last year, the quartet reached the final of Young Classical Artist Trust performing at the Wigmore Hall.
Currently the quartet holds the Richard Carne Junior Fellowship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and is resident at Bangor University. As Park Lane Group Young Artists, the quartet gave a Purcell Room recital in January 2012 and their Wigmore Hall debut in April 2013.
Recent notable performances include concerts at St Martin in the Fields, LSO St Luke’s, Festival Quatuors a Bordeaux, Canterbury Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, North Norfolk Festival, Mondsee Festival and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. In 2010, they performed a new collaborative work by young British composer Charlotte Bray in Verbier Festival, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Aldeburgh Festival.
The quartet has studied on the ProQuartet-CEMC program, offering them the opportunity to work with Eberhard Feltz. They were selected to attend IMS Prussia Cove and the Britten-Pears International Academy of String Quartets, and have participated in masterclasses with Andras Keller, David Waterman and Christoph Richter. The quartet also receives regular coaching from Quatuor Ebene.
The quartet continues to broaden its repertoire by initiating collaborative chamber music and cross-arts projects, and has recently founded Quercus Ensemble, a mixed chamber music group based in Northern Ireland. The quartet collaborated with jazz group Empirical in last year’s London Jazz Festival, performing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. They will also feature on Empirical’s new album, released in later this year.
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