Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is delighted to
announce the exceptional Solstice and Wu String Quartets as its
Junior Fellows for the academic year 2010-11.
The Solstice String Quartet, comprising Jamie Campbell, Helena
Nicholls (violins), Meghan Cassidy (viola) and Gregor Riddell
('cello), has been awarded The Richard Carne Junior Fellowship for
Instrumental Chamber Ensemble. The Wu String Quartet, comprising
Qian Wu, Mathieu Van Bellen (violins), Matthew Kettle (viola) and
Magda Pietraszewska ('cello), receives The King Charles (formerly
Bulldog) Junior Fellowship for String Quartet.
Trinity Laban Junior Fellowships enable outstanding ensembles
with an emerging professional profile to bridge the gap between
full-time conservatoire-based study and the music profession. Both
quartets will undertake an intensive year-long professional
development period, mentored by senior members of Trinity Laban's
Music Faculty, while working regularly with other musicians within
and outside the Conservatoire.
The Solstice String Quartet formed in 2003 and is quickly
gaining a reputation as one of the finest young quartets in the UK.
Selected by both the Tillett Trust and Park Lane Group in 2008, the
quartet made its Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room debut in 2009 and
received the ensemble award in the Royal Over-Seas League
Competition. As well as a passion for the classical quartet canon
and new music - the quartet has premiered major works by Joseph
Phibbs, Graham Ross, John Metcalf, Richard Blackford and Giles
Swayne - its members have coached players at the Benslow Music
Centre, Wells Cathedral School, Dartington International Summer
School and Pro Corda.
The Wu Quartet formed in 2002 at Chetham's School of Music in
Manchester. Selected by the Park Lane Group, the quartet made its
Purcell Room debut in 2009, returning to the venue in June 2010 as
winner of the Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Musical Scholarship
Ensemble Award. The quartet has studied with György Pauk, taken
masterclasses with Simon Rowland Jones, Peter Cropper, and Bernard
Greenhouse of the Beaux Arts Trio, and regularly attends Pro Corda
Musical Encounters to receive coaching from the Wihan Quartet. The
Wu Quartet regularly hosts workshops and masterclasses around the
UK, and recently became only the second British based string
quartet to be accepted for the European Chamber Music Academy. The
group will make its Wigmore Hall debut in 2011.
Former Trinity Laban Junior Fellows include critically-acclaimed
names from the chamber music world, including the Elysian Quartet,
Brodowski Quartet, Carducci Quartet, Badke Quartet and the
Sitkovetsky Piano Trio.
Trinity Laban wishes to express its thanks to the Richard Carne
Trust, the Bulldog Trust and the Coln Trust for the generous
support which makes these Junior Fellowships possible.
Official Solstice String Quartet website