Elias String Quartet
The Elias String Quartet has quickly established itself as one of the most intense and
vibrant quartets of its generation, performing and collaborating with artists around the
world. The quartet was formed in 1998 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester,
where the members worked closely with the late Dr. Christopher Rowland. They also spent a
year studying at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne with the Alban Berg Quartet. Other
mentors in the quartet's studies have included Hugh Maguire, György Kurtág, Gábor
Takács-Nagy, Henri Dutilleux, and Rainer Schmidt.
The quartet made its North American debut in March 2012 to great critical
acclaim. During its March 2015 tour, it will perform 15 concerts in 14 cities across the US
and Canada. The quartet has been chosen to participate in BBC Radio 3's prestigious New
Generation Artists Scheme, and it is the recipient of a 2010 award from the
Borletti-Buitoni Trust, whose support has enabled the quartet to immerse itself in a
project to learn and perform all of Beethoven's string quartets.
The Elias String Quartet has performed alongside artists such as Michael
Collins, Jonathan Biss, Simon Crawford-Phillips, Ralph Kirshbaum, Alice Neary, Ann Murray,
Joan Rogers, Mark Padmore, Roger Vignoles, Michel Dalberto, Peter Cropper, Bernard
Gregor-Smith, Ettore Causa, Timothy Boulton, Robin Ireland, Adrian Brendel, and Anthony
Marwood. It has also performed with the Endellion String Quartet, Jerusalem Quartet, and
Vertavo String Quartet.
The quartet received second prize and the Sidney Griller prize at the London
International String Quartet Competition in 2003 (as the Johnston String Quartet) and was a
finalist in the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition in 2005. For
four years, it was the resident string quartet at Music in the Round in Sheffield as part
of Ensemble 360.
The Elias String Quartet has released recordings that include works by
Mozart, Beethoven, and Spohr on Sanctuary Classics and Nimbus Records. The quartet most
recently recorded the piano quintets of Schumann and Dvořák with pianist Jonathan Biss,
available on the Onyx label. A recording of Haydn and Schumann quartets was released in
spring 2012 on the Wigmore Hall Live label, and the ensemble's previous recording on that
label-a disc of music by Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Schubert-received the BBC Music
Magazine Newcomer Award in April 2010.
For more information, visit eliasstringquartet.com.