Krysia Osostowicz and Oscar Perks - violins, Yuko Inoue - viola, Richard Jenkinson - cello
Winner of the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award for chamber music in 2007 and a BBC Music Magazine Award in 2009 for its recording of Franck and Faure’s string quartets, the Dante Quartet is one of Britain’s finest ensembles. Founded in 1995 at Prussia Cove in Cornwall, the quartet chose Dante’s name to reflect the idea of a great journey. Renowned for its imaginative programming and emotionally charged performances, the Dante Quartet appears at the major UK festivals and music societies, broadcasts on Radio 3 and has also played in France, Germany, Spain, Holland, Poland and Finland. The quartet has made four highly acclaimed recordings for Hyperion and is now about to record all of Stanford’s quartets for the SOMM label. Later this year the Dante Quartet will perform Beethoven’s complete string quartets in a single marathon weekend (see www.festiveclassics.co.uk) and make its first tour of Japan. Launched in 2004, the Dante Summer Festival is a highlight of the quartet’s year, ideal for creating new musical projects, attracting young people to chamber music and building up a new audience in intimate and beautiful surroundings. www.dantequartet.org
Daniel Tong was born in Cornwall and studied in London. His musical life is spent performing as soloist and chamber musician, as well as directing two chamber music festivals (in Winchester and the Wye Valley), teaching and occasionally writing. He has appeared at many of the foremost venues and festivals across Europe from Wigmore Hall to the Edinburgh International Festival. His project ‘Music Discovery Live’, in collaboration with musicologist Richard Wigmore, has included a series of lecture-recital weekends on Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann piano works. Daniel has also curated series at Kings Place London on Elgar in 2012 and Dvořák in 2014. Daniel founded the London Bridge Ensemble which combines different ensembles of strings, piano and voice to form challenging and inspiring programmes. Among their recordings, a CD of Frank Bridge (Dutton) was shortlisted for the Gramophone Chamber Music Award. Daniel works closely with Krysia Osostowicz on their joint project “Beethoven Plus”, giving many duo recitals of Beethoven’s violin sonatas along with specially commissioned new companion pieces (www.beethovenplus.com). He has also collaborated with many artists including the Elias, Navarra, Callino, Barbirolli, Allegri and Heath quartets.
Mairi Campbell and David Francis, known as The Cast, have worked
together for 25 years, and are key figures in the current revival of traditional
and roots music in Scotland. David Francis, storyteller and guitarist, is one of
the finest lyricists in the county. He also facilitates and organizes composers’ courses and helps to shape traditional music developments in Scotland
through his position with Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland and the
Traditional Music Forum. Mairi Campbell is an influential and pioneering
figure in Scottish music. Her music has a rooted and powerful quality and her
musical interests are wide ranging: from playing Scottish dance music to
pushing the boundaries of the traditional music scene. She was named
Instrumentalist of the Year 2016 in the Scots Trad Music Awards, and previously
won Scots Singer of The Year and the Live Ireland Music Award for Best
Female Musician of the Year. Her solo show ‘Mairi Campbell – Pulse’ was
premiered to great acclaim at Celtic Connections and will be touring the UK.