March 2011


The second Greenwich International String Quartet Festival is promoted by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance from 29 April to 1 May 2011.  The Festival is a highly concentrated long weekend of events of international interest, including concerts, master classes, talks, competitions and a music-art installation.

One of the largest string quartet events to be held anywhere in the world, the Festival enhances Trinity Laban’s reputation for excellence in chamber music.

"The string quartet with its extraordinary repertoire, is arguably the most important form in all classical chamber music." comments Artistic Director David Kenedy, "The Festival offers a unique opportunity to support, promote and celebrate all that is exceptional about the genre among a new generation of musicians."

The Greenwich International String Quartet Festival 2011 focuses on examining the breadth of repertoire and how the genre is developing and moving forward, experimenting and exploring new work.  There will be five world premières including several commissioned works, the London debut performance of the groundbreaking American Turtle Island Quartet in a programme featuring the music of Jimi Hendrix and a ‘Marathon’ collaborative event with music and dance students from Trinity Laban.  New additions to the Festival are audience participation events and workshops for younger children, introducing young musicians from the age of three or four to the genre.

The Festival programme is made up of concerts (afternoon, early evening and late night), workshops, talks, masterclasses and the Cavatina Inter-Collegiate Quartet Competition, and features nine participating string quartets including The Allegri Quartet, one of the longest-standing and most respected British chamber music ensembles, The Kopelman Quartet, renowned for their performances of Russian repertoire, The Smith Quartet, at the forefront of new music and the Turtle Island Quartet, a singular force in the creation of bold new trends in chamber music for strings and improvisation.  In addition, the new wave of up-and-coming quartets is represented by Trinity Laban’s String Quartet in Residence and winners of the prestigious New York Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Carducci String Quartet, and recent winners of the Royal Overseas League Chamber Music Competition the Brodowski Quartet.

GISQF 2011 will take place at the home of Trinity Laban’s music faculty, the spectacular setting of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London SE10

Participating Artists
The Allegri Quartet
Brodowski Quartet
Carducci String Quartet
The Kopelman Quartet
The Smith Quartet
Solstice String Quartet
Turtle Island Quartet
Wihan Quartet
Wu Quartet

Programme Highlights
Friday 29 April
Masterclass: Wihan Quartet
Concert: Trinity Laban & Wells Cathedral School String Ensembles
Talk: Roderick Swanston
Concert: Carducci String Quartet
Concert: Turtle Island String Quartet

Saturday 30 April
Masterclasses: Smith and Kopelman Quartets
Workshop: Brodowski and Wu Quartets with Junior Trinity and Trinity Teenies
Performance: ‘Marathon’ collaboration
Talk: Rob Cowan
Concert: Wihan Quartet
Concert: Allegri Quartet

Sunday 1 May
Masterclasses: Carducci and Turtle Island Quartets
Cavatina Inter-Collegiate String Quartet Competition
Concert: The Kopelman Quartet
Concert: The Smith Quartet

Festival Artistic Director:  
David Kenedy
Trinity Laban Head of Strings:
Nic Pendlebury
Festival Patron:
Martin Lovett OBE

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