Dante Summer Festival 2012Dante Quartet

8 - 12 July 2019

Stoke Climsland, Callington
Blisland, St. Endellion
Calstock, Tavistock

Dante Festival dates for 2020: 8 - 12 July; details to come in the New Year

About Us

Dante Quartet

Krysia Osostowicz and Oscar Perks - violins, Yuko Inoue - viola, Richard Jenkinson - cello

Dante QuartetWinner of the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award for chamber music in 2007 and a BBC Music Magazine Award in 2009, 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 has just finished recording all of Stanford's quartets for the SOMM label, to critical acclaim. Highlights from last year include a performance of Shostakovich's complete string quartets in a single marathon weekend, and a very successful tour of Japan giving concerts and masterclasses. Launched in 2004, the Dante Summer Festival 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..


Krysia OsostowiczKrysia Osostowicz (violin) has given concerto and recital performances across Europe and made many award-winning recordings. From 1985-1995 she played with Domus, the pioneering piano quartet which toured with its own portable concert hall, a geodesic dome, winning a world-wide audience and two Gramophone Awards. Last year she created a new project, "Beethoven Plus!" with pianist Daniel Tong, touring the UK with Beethoven's complete violin sonatas plus ten newly commissioned companion pieces. She is also principal violinist of Endymion Ensemble and teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Born in London of a Polish family, Krysia studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Cambridge University, and her teachers have included Yehudi Menuhin, Sándor Végh and Ferenc Rados.

Oscar PerksOscar Perks (violin) performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician on both violin and viola. He teaches at the Yehudi Menuhin School and pursues an interest in composing and arranging. Oscar performs at many leading London venues and recently took part in the IMS Prussia Cove autumn UK tour. His string quartet The Twin Towers (2001) won the BBC Guardian Young Composer CompeBBon. Oscar is a founding member of the Perks Ensemble, a flexible chamber group co-founded along with his brother and sister. Oscar studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, at Cambridge University and subsequently at the RCM with Lutsia Ibragimova. 

yuko InoueYuko Inoue (viola), winner of the 17th Budapest International Viola Competition, has performed worldwide with orchestras and as a soloist and chamber musician. She performs and records frequently with Britain's most eminent chamber ensembles and in festivals such as Lockenhaus, Kuhmo, Cheltenham, Bath and Aldeburgh. She also guest-leads at orchestras such as BBC Philharmonic, London Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. Her solo CDs, Romanze, and Bach's Gamba Sonatas (and the Chaconne) have both earned much critical acclaim. Yuko teaches at the Royal Academy of Music (and at it's Junior department) in London and plays on a viola by J B Vuillaume, kindly loaned by Mr John Sanderson. 

Richard JenkinsonRichard Jenkinson (cello) joined the Dante Quartet in 2012, having been principal cellist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and more recently the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Chamber music has always been an integral part of his life and he is a founding member of both the Frith Piano Quartet and InnovaBon Chamber Ensemble, which he founded in 2000 and with whom he has made several recordings. Richard also gives frequent duo recitals with pianist Benjamin Frith. He studied with Florence Hooton and subsequently at the GSMD with Raphael Wallfisch and William Pleeth. 

Joy Lisney (cello) enjoys an exciting triple career as cellist, composer and conductor. She made her international cello debut in 2014 at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, and has performed at the BBC Proms in London. Joy is also the founder and conductor of the Seraphin Chamber Orchestra, which combines the best string players of Cambridge University with young professionals from the South of England. As a composer, Joy has won various awards, and is currently working on a PhD in composition at King's College, Cambridge. Her first string quartet was premiered by the Arditti Quartet and she has since had music performed at the King's Lynn and Aldeburgh Festivals and the Park Lane Group Series. Highlights for 2018/19 include conducting Mahler's Ninth Symphony, cello recitals at the Southbank Centre and St. George's Bristol and performances of the Brahms Double Concerto with her sister Emma.

Tim Boulton (viola) was based in London until 2003, and has performed internationally with chamber ensembles (Domus, Vellinger Quartet, Raphael Ensemble) and chamber orchestras, teaching at Guildhall School of Music & Drama from 1988-2005. Tim is now committed to music education and performance in the South West of England while still engaging with music making elsewhere, performing as guest with many string quartets and chamber music groups. Tim is involved in multiple educational activities in Cornwall including MusicAbility CIC, Cornwall Youth Orchestra (Director), Cornwall Music Education Hub, South West Music School, Music For Youth Regional Festivals, Concerts Penzance, and IMS Prussia Cove outreach projects. 


Budapest Café Orchestra

Christian Garrick - violin, Eddie Hession - accordion, Kelly Cantlon - double bass, Adrian Zolotuhin - guitar, saz, balalaika, domra
Established by British composer and violinist Christian Garrick, the BCO plays a blistering barrage of traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, Klezmer laments, Romanian Doinas and Hungarian Czadas, winning legions of fans through their magical and infectious performances. The combination of violin, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz & balalaika, creates an aural alchemy normally characteristic of far bigger ensembles. Virtuoso accordionist Eddie Hession has accompanied Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras and Chris Rea. Christian Garrick, one of the world's celebrated jazz violinists, has played with Dame Cleo Laine & Sir John Dankworth, Wynton Marsalis, Nigel Kennedy, Bireli Lagrene and Caro Emerald. The Sultan is played expertly by Adrian Zolotuhin, a master of the strummed strings of domra, balalaika, guitar and saz. Veteran bassman Kelly Cantlon found fame in the late 60's playing with northern soul sensations Jimmy James and the Vagabonds.

"The music is magic in their hands" Sean Rafferty BBC Radio 3

"The fiery vivacity and awe-inspiring musicianship of the finest purveyors of Eastern European gypsy music this side of a Lada scrap heap will leave you with a grin on your face and rhythm in your feet." Times

"Not so much a band name as a whole genre of its own, Budapest Café Orchestra embraces an encyclopaedia of music and mischief." Scotsman 

Other guest artists:
Katie Rowe, Anna Brigham, Elena Sidman (violins), Jake Montgomery-Smith (viola), Barbara Degener, Joseph Barker (cellos), Trigg Strings.