2018 will see the quartet perform complete cycles of the Bartok Quartets at Kings Place – London, Syde Manor – Glos, and at the Holywell Room in Oxford. Other concerts include performances in Italy, France, Germany, Ireland and throughout the UK.
In 2015 the quartet presented the complete catalogue of Shostakovich’s string quartets – commemorating 40 years since the composer’s death – for which they won an RPS Award 2016 in the ‘Chamber Music and Song Category’. ‘Shostakovich15’ included a performance of all 15 string quartets across one day at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, as well as various other international cycles, and was accompanied by a recording of quartets no. 4, 8 and 11: their second disc for Signum Classics, recognised by BBC Music Magazine as “a fine achievement, boasting excellent ensemble, musical insight and sensitive attention to detail”.
Recent and upcoming highlights include performing debuts at The Frick Collection, New York and Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; tours to the USA, Canada, Spain, Germany and Scotland and collaborations with pianists Denis Kozhukhin and Martin Roscoe, guitarist Craig Ogden, clarinettists Julian Bliss and Emma Johnson, and cellist Guy Johnston.
Highly celebrated for their interpretation of contemporary repertoire, the Carducci Quartet is regularly invited to perform new works. Recent premieres have included works by Simon Rowland-Jones, Matthew Taylor, Gavin Higgins and Kemal Yusuf. In 2015 they curated projects around Philip Glass and Steve Reich, as part of the RPS Award winning ‘Minimalist Unwrapped’ at Kings Place London, and recently released an acclaimed recording of David Bruce’s clarinet quintet “Gumboots” with Julian Bliss, for Signum Classics.
In addition to a growing catalogue for Signum Classics, the quartet has received wide critical acclaim for recordings on their own label Carducci Classics and for their NAXOS recordings of Philip Glass quartets.
In 2011, the Carducci Quartet was nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for their family concert ‘Getting the Quartet Bug!’. Educational work remains important to the quartet who set up the Carducci Music Trust, to support their work in schools and with young musicians. They also perform a number of school concerts each year supported by the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.
The quartet studied with members of the Amadeus, Alban Berg, Chilingirian, Takacs and Vanbrugh quartets and, as part of the ProQuartet professional training programme in France, with Gyorgy Kurtag, Walter Levin and Paul Katz.