Opening Gala Concert: Zelkova Quartet and Friends
Mozart Horn Quintet in E flat K 407
Dvorak String Quartet no 13 in G major
Brahms String Sextet no 1 in B flat*
with Tom Redmond (horn),
Harriet Mitchell (viola)*
and Stephanie Tress (cello)*
Welcome to our 2018 Festival and our opening concert by the superb Zelkova Quartet, winners of the 2017 St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition. For this delightful programme they will also be joined by esteemed colleagues including former Hallé hornist Tom Redmond in Mozart’s utterly charming Quintet.
The Manchester-based Zelkova Quartet has established a reputation as one of the UK’s up-and-coming string quartets, praised for performing ‘with a remarkable zeal and intensity’ (Edinburgh Fringe, Herald Scotland, 2015). The quartet has been in its current formation since 2016 and works regularly with their mentor Petr Prause, cellist of the Talich Quartet.
Recent performances include recitals at St Martin in the Fields, St John’s Smith Square, Conway Hall and the Bridgewater Hall for the Manchester Midday Concert Society. The quartet have featured numerous times on BBC Radio 3 including a performance as part of the BBC Proms Plus Portrait series and a live broadcast on the ‘In Tune’ programme.The quartet has also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015 as part of the Royal Overseas League’s programme of events at the festival.
In 2018 the quartet were chosen by the Concordia Foundation to be one of their selected artists, the group are very much looking forward to performing in association with the foundation over the coming months. Prior to their success at the St Martin’s Competition, the quartet were awarded the Elias Fawcett Trust Prize for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble at the 2014 Royal Overseas League Competition. In the same year they completed an International Artist Diploma in Chamber Music at the Royal Northern College of Music, the institution’s most advanced level of study in performance, and were selected to participate in the St John’s Smith Square Young Artists Programme 2014/15.
In 2016 the quartet were selected for the ChamberStudio Study Programme which enabled them to work with the highly esteemed chamber musician Simon Rowland-Jones. The quartet were delighted to have been selected to attend the prestigious International Musician’s Seminar at Prussia Cove April 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed working with Rita Wagner and Ferenc Rados. As an ensemble they have received additional coaching from Levon Chilingirian, Peter Cropper and Richard Ireland.
The quartet takes its name from the beautiful Zelkova tree, which varies enormously in appearance depending on its species. Originally the Zelkova tree was common throughout Northern Europe and North America but can now be found in various locations across the globe from Southern Europe to Eastern Asia. Partially made up of three siblings, the quartet enjoys the presence of Alex Mitchell as an honorary Pether on viola!