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The Galitzin Quartet

Thu Nov 4th 2010, 1:00–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Off Park Street, Bristol BS1 5RR


TICKET PRICES: Adults: £7; children (aged 0–7): £4; young people aged 8–25 in full time education: free; job seekers: free

The St George’s Bristol website has further information about this event.

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The Galitzin Quartet (L→R: Ken Ichinose – cello, Owen Cox – violin, Pedro Meireles – violin, Thomas Kirby – viola)

First Prize Winners of the 22nd Charles Hennen International Chamber Music Competition in Holland, 2007, the Galitzin Quartet was formed in 2003 at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

After playing together for only two months they won the ‘Sir Edward Cooper Prize’ at the Academy for their performance of Brahms’ 2nd String Quartet, which led to a public masterclass at the Wigmore Hall, London. Since this early achievement they have continued their prize-winning success, winning the Czech-London International Music Competition, receiving the Marjorie Bunty Lempfert award for chamber music, reaching the final of the Royal Overseas League Competition and winning the ‘Sir Arthur Bliss Prize’ for their performance of Bliss’ Clarinet Quintet with the critically acclaimed clarinetist Julian Bliss. The Galitzin Quartet held the Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music in 2006/07.

The quartet received a scholarship to attend the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, the Britten-Pears International String Quartet Academy in Aldeburgh and Zeist Music Days in Holland and has been fortunate to receive tuition from members of some of the world’s leading quartets including the Alban Berg, Amadeus, Belcea, Debussy, Endellion, Jerusalem, Mosaïques, Vermeer and Ysaÿe Quartets.

Performances in the UK have included appearances at the Bloomsbury, Ryedale, Leeds, Nottingham, Tilford-Bach, and Windsor Music Festivals and in halls such as the St. John's Smith Square and St. Martin in the Fields in London. The quartet has also given concerts in the South of France and the UK in aid of ‘Jessie’s Fund’ and in 2005 was commissioned by the contemporary English composer, Professor John Ramsay, to record three of his string quartets and is honoured that he has dedicated his 3rd Quartet in C to them. They gave the World Première of this quartet in France. The summer of 2006 also saw the quartet performing in Portugal and in the Summer 2007 the quartet toured extensively through Normandy, France as well as Switzerland and gave a series of concerts in Holland culminating with two concerts in Amsterdam in the Grachtenfestival. The Quartet has regular tours in Germany, often visiting all the major cities of North-Rhine Westphalia and Euregio regions and performing several concerts in connection with the KlangKulTour and the Euriade Cultural Festival.

Recent the quartet has been immersed in intensive study periods with members of the Ysaÿe Quartet in Holland and the Debussy Quartet in France, which also included an appearance at the l'Epau Festival, Le Mans. The Quartet were also semi-finalists in the new Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition and gave a masterclass at Southampton University. Future plans include a debut recording for Harmos Records.

The Quartet is named after Prince Nicholas Galitzin of Saint Petersburg, the dedicatee of three of Beethoven's late Quartets: Op.127, 130 and 132.

Venue: St George’s Bristol


 St George’s Bristol (Photo: rbrwr@Flickr)

St George's Bristol was built in the 1820s and was originally known as the church of St George's Brandon Hill. When the church fell into disuse in the 1970s, it was taken over by a group of local music enthusiasts who turned it into a popular concert venue. The building was extensively refurbished in 1999, and has established itself as one of the country's leading venues for a diverse range of musical genres.

It is situated not far from Bristol Cathedral, a short walk from Park Street. The entrances are on Great George Street (Box Office entrance) and Charlotte Street (disabled access).

Visit the St George’s Bristol website for more information.

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