Dulcinea Quartet

Minn Majoe violin
Haru Ushigusa violin
Martin Wray viola
Kirsten Jenson cello

The London-based Dulcinea Quartet was formed in 2008. They have developed an international reputation that has included regular tours to Japan. Programmes comprise both the classical string quartet repertoire and contemporary works. The members of the ensemble are passionate about collaborating with other art forms. The Dulcinea Quartet is part of ANIMA, a chamber ensemble that plays contemporary music alongside animated films. As well as working closely with up-and-coming composers and animators, the ANIMA ensemble has recorded several film scores, including the recent award-winning documentary Death of a Gentleman. Members of the quartet have had engagements with, among others, the Britten Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and English National Opera.

Frankland Quartet

Sophie Appleton violin
Sarah Roberts violin
James Slater viola
Daniel Hammersley cello

The Frankland Quartet was formed by members of the Royal Northern Sinfonia who share a musical empathy and is a spin-off from a touring group created in 2017. Their Beethoven concerts last year were widely acclaimed, and they performed Haydn and Beethoven on BBC Radio 3 as part of the 'free thinking' festival in 2018. They were also wired up and had their heart beats and pulses monitored as part of an international study connected to Durham University’s 'Interpersonal entrainment in music performance' project. The findings were presented on BBC Radio 3's Music Matters last year. Members of the quartet, as well as their regular work with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, have played in orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St Martins in the Field and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Quatuor Bozzini

Clemens Merkel violin
Alissa Cheung violin
Stéphanie Bozzini viola
Isabelle Bozzini cello

Formed in Montréal, Canada in 1999, Quatuor Bozzini has been an original voice in contemporary and classical music. Alex Ross, in the New Yorker, has acclaimed the Quartet for their “extraordinary playing”. They have nurtured a diverse repertoire, unbiased by the currents of fashion. This has led to close to two hundred commissioned pieces, as well as over three hundred premiered works. The quartet presents an annual concert series in Montréal and also tours extensively in Canada, the US, South America and Europe. The Quatuor Bozzini runs a number of annual mentorship programmes for emerging composers such as the Composer's Kitchen and the Bozzini Lab and co-directs the Concordia Creative Music Institute for young performers. They also have issued albums published by Edition Wandelweiser, Another Timbre, Wergo-Deutscher Musikrat, Centrediscs and ATMA Classique. A Quatuor Bozzini concert is an intensely shared experience, with meticulous and sensuous attention to detail.