Dante Summer Festival 2012Dante Quartet

10 - 14 July 2017

St. Germans, Calstock
Callington, Launceston
Blisland and Tavistock

About Us

Dante Quartet

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 Fauré’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 several highly acclaimed recordings for Hyperion and is now recording all of Stanford’s quartets for the SOMM label: the first of these discs has been universally praised. The quartet recently made its first tour of Japan, giving concerts and masterclasses, and was immediately invited to return there next year. Current plans include the entire Shostakovich cycle of 15 quartets for October 2018, and performances of the complete Beethoven quartets at various festivals around the UK in an innovative version which includes an actor representing Beethoven himself. The Dante Summer Festival, launched in 2004, is a favourite part 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

Liam O'Connor (fiddle) and Seán McKeon (Uilleann pipes) were both born into prominent musical families in Dublin and have been immersed in traditional music all their lives. They have performed together from an early age and received many musical accolades: both were awarded the prestigious TG4 Young Musician of the Year. In 2009 the pair released a duet album entitled "Dublin Made Me", described in The Irish Times as a "vibrant collection...by two exceptional musicians who marry technical prowess with a marvellous sense of adventure and history". Not only in demand as performers, Seán and Liam also conduct tuition workshops at festivals around the world. They have a deep interest and respect for their tradition and regularly perform at festivals and colleges around Ireland. In 2013 Seán released his debut solo CD, "To The City" and in April 2017 Liam released his own solo effort, "The Loom" which received a 5 star review in The Irish Times.

Singer Radie Peat joins Seán and Liam for this concert. Also from Dublin, her work centres largely around traditional and folk music from Ireland and the English-speaking world. Aside from singing she also plays concertina, harmonium, guitar and tin whistle. She has come to prominence most recently through her work with traditional folk group Rue whose music focuses more on the American tradition. As a solo singer she has appeared at the Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar and at Góilín traditional singer circles in Dublin.

Alinka Rowe (viola) has just left school and gained a scholarship place to study at London’s Royal Academy of Music. Her viola teachers have been Rebecca Brown, Yuko Inoue and Rachel Roberts. Alinka held the position of principal viola in the National Youth Orchestra for two years, playing at the BBC Proms and in Berlin under Sir Mark Elder. She is an experienced chamber musician, and plays with the Mizuta String Trio which has won several awards and performed live on BBC Radio 3. As a soloist, she has recently premiered a viola concerto written for her by young composer Daniel Hogan, and played York Bowen’s concerto at St John’s Smith Square in London.

Cahal Dallat (poet, musician and critic) and Anne-Marie Fyfe (poet, teacher and arts organiser) are both from County Antrim, now living in London. As well as poetry readings, workshops and lectures, they also give unique joint music/poetry/literary-history performances at festivals & venues throughout Britain, Ireland & US. Ann-Marie's fifth poetry collection is House of Small Absences (Seren Books). She has won the Academi Cardiff International Poetry Prize, runs Coffee-House Poetry's readings & classes at London's Troubadour Club and is former chair of the Poetry Society. Cahal reviews literature and the arts for TLS & Guardian, contributes regularly to BBC Radio 4's Saturday Review, has won Ireland's Strokestown International Poetry Competition, and is currently The Causley Trust's poet-in-residence at Cornish post Charles Causley's house. His latest poetry collection is titled The Year of Not Dancing (Blackstaff).

The young Efander Quartet was founded early in 2017 at a South West Music School course run by Tim Boulton, who continues to coach and mentor the group. With an average age of less than 14, this Cornwall-based quartet exudes youthful energy, musical inquisitiveness and panache, with outstanding leadership from the first violinist Bilegtugs Lut, who has already been a prizewinner at violin competitions in the USA, Belgium, the Czech Republic and China.