Maxwell String Quartet
String Quartet from Scotland
Monday March 30, 2020 7:30 PM
Culpeper County High School
This Glasgow based quartet broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio Scotland,
performs at many festivals and venues across Europe with notable
performances at London’s Wigmore Hall. Their program highlights
selections by Beethoven, Hayden as well as original arrangements of
Scottish folk music. Celebrated quartet with international flair.
Colin Scobie, 1st violin George Smith, 2nd violin Elliot Perks, viola
Duncan Strachan, cello
1st Prize winner and Audience Prize winner at the Trondheim (Norway)
International Chamber Music Competition in 2017, the Maxwell Quartet
has been hailed for "great communication" by The Strad Magazine and as
“brilliantly fresh, unexpected and exhilarating” by The Scottish
Herald. The Glasgow-based Maxwell Quartet is now firmly regarded as
one of Britain's finest string quartets, with performances set apart
by the tribute they pay to their Scottish folk music heritage.
The quartet performs regularly across the UK and abroad, at venues
including Purcell Room, St
Martin-in-the-Fields, and the BBC Chamber Music Proms. Their 2017-18 season included engagements in Denmark, Norway, Germany, the
Netherlands, France and China. Their first North American tour, in
Winter 2019, is to coincide with the release of their début CD,
featuring works by Haydn and traditional Scottish folk music.
The Maxwell Quartet consists of four great friends who grew up playing
classical and folk music together in youth orchestras and music
schools across Scotland. The group officially began in 2010 at the
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where its founding members met as
postgraduate students. The very next year, the Quartet was appointed
as the Conservatoire's Young Artists in Residence.
Performing widely across Scotland, the quartet has established a
reputation for delighting audiences with their "unaffected enthusiasm"
(North Highland Times) and their "panache and conviction" (Strathearn
Herald). The quartet has held residencies at Oxford University, Perth
Concert Hall and many chamber music festivals across the UK, including
their own Loch Shiel Festival in the Scottish Highlands.
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