Firmly established as one of the leading quartets of its generation, the Doric String Quartet receives enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. With repertoire ranging from Haydn through to Bartok, Ades and Brett Dean, the Quartet’s schedule takes them to the leading concert halls around the world including Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Konzerthaus, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Louvre, Carnegie Hall and Kioi Hall Tokyo as well as regular performances at Wigmore Hall.
A highlight of the Quartet’s 2019/20 season programming is Brett Dean’s String Quartet No 3, written specifically for the Quartet. Given its world premiere in June 2019, “Hidden Agendas” was co-commissioned for the Doric by the Berlin Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale, Edinburgh International Festival, Musica Viva Australia and the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and the piece has country premieres across 2019 and 2020. Other 19/20 highlights include a tour of Japan with performances in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya and tours to Israel and the USA. The Quartet’s four performances at the Wigmore Hall include an all-Britten evening as well as a continuation of its collaboration with Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien. Performing the Chausson Concert alongside works by Lekeu and Debussy, the artists also take this collaboration to the Vienna Konzerthaus, Musée du Louvre, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and Amsterdam Muziekgebouw.
With a curiosity for repertoire and setting, the Quartet was delighted to take on John Adams’ “Absolute Jest” for String Quartet and Orchestra. The Quartet was invited to give the Austrian premiere at the Vienna Konzerthaus with John Adams conducting, the Dutch premiere with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw under Markus Stenz and performed the piece in Glasgow with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Their recording of the piece with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Peter Oundjian, released on Chandos in 2018, was named Recording of the Month in BBC Music Magazine and praised for the “sumptuous sweetness and laser-like clarity” of its performance. In 19/20 they perform “Absolute Jest” with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Joana Carneiro.
Alongside main season concerts the Quartet has a busy festival schedule and has performed at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade, Grafenegg, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schwetzingen, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, West Cork, Cheltenham, Delft, and Risør Festivals, collaborating with artists including Ian Bostridge, Mark Padmore, Alexander Melnikov, Pieter Wispelwey, Jonathan Biss, Chen Halevi, Elizabeth Leonskaja, Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien.
Since 2010 the Doric Quartet has recorded exclusively for Chandos Records, with their releases covering repertoire ranging from Schumann through to Korngold and Walton as well as works with orchestra including Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro and John Adams’ Absolute Jest. 2019 saw the release of the Quartet’s benchmark recording of the complete Britten String Quartets which gathered glittering reviews across the board. Recorded at Snape Maltings Concert Hall in conjunction with a series of performances at the Britten Weekend celebrations, the disc was Album of the Week in The Sunday Times, Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and saw the Doric praised in BBC Music Magazine for its “extraordinary affinity” with Britten’s music. The Quartet’s ongoing commitment to Haydn has so far seen them record the complete Opus 20, Opus 76 and Opus 64 Quartets with the recordings attracting acclaim including Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, Choc du Mois in Classica Magazine and a shortlisting for a Gramophone Award. Future releases include quartets by Mendelssohn and the complete Haydn Opus 33 Quartets.
Formed in 1998 the Doric String Quartet won first prize at the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and 2nd prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition. In 2015 the Quartet was appointed as Teaching Quartet in Association at the Royal Academy of Music in London and from 2018 the Quartet took over the Artistic Directorship of the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival, a position which sees them play a key role in implementing the Festival’s core mission of providing young chamber music professionals with a week of intensive mentoring, coaching and development.
The Quartet’s violist Hélène Clément plays a viola by Guissani from 1843, generously on loan from the Britten-Pears Foundation and previously owned by Frank Bridge and Benjamin Britten.
The Doric String Quartet are performing as part of Mendelssohn on Mull Festival at Tobermory (2 September), Duart Castle (3 September) and St John’s Cathedral, Oban (7 September) including repertoire by Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Britten. They will also perform with 10 young professionals in a variety of ensembles during the week.
We are very excited to announce that three of our artists have been shortlisted for the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2019:
The Doric String Quartet’s Britten and Purcell (chamber music); Adam Walker’s performance of Huw Watkins’ Flute Concerto (contemporary); Steven Osborne’s outstanding CD of Beethoven Sonatas Nos 30 – 32 (instrumental).
The Doric String Quartet make their debut at the Edinburgh International Festival (21 August) where they join forces with Australian-born composer Brett Dean to give the first European performance of Dean’s String Quartet No. 3 "Hidden Agendas” (co-commissioned by the festival). Dean himself joins the Doric players for the soaring melodies of Brahms’s powerful, orchestral-scale Second String Quintet to close.
A FIVE STAR review for the Doric String Quartet’s performance at Melbourne Recital Centre on 11 June. Click here for full review.
The two programmes include Schubert, Beethoven and Haydn String quartets, as well as Brett Dean’s newest work, String Quartet No 3 Hidden Agendas .
This week, the Doric String Quartet renews its collaboration with pianist Jonathan Biss with a performance at the Wigmore Hall on Monday 3rd June 2019
Click here to listen to the Dorics perform a programme of Haydn String Quartets Nos 31 and 29, and Purcell Fantasias Nos 6, 7 and 10.
This week, the Doric String quartet embark on their 2019 US Tour featuring concerts in Harvard, Burlington, Philadelphia, Schenectady, Harrisburg, Oberlin and Colombia.
This weekend, the Doric String Quartet will perform Mozart’s Quartet K575, Bartok’s Quartet No 5, and Schubert’s Quartet D887 at the Wigmore Hall.
This week the Doric String Quartet are in Snape Maltings recording the complete Britten String Quartets with Chandos, to be released in 2019. They will then perform in concerts as part of the Britten Weekend in Snape Maltings (19th- 21st October), exploring Britten’s background and influences, alongside guest artists and emerging chamber music ensembles.