Prize winners in the 2010 Royal Over Seas League Competition and the 5th Trondheim International String Quartet Competition in Norway, the Finzi Quartet has given recitals and made numerous festival appearances at major venues throughout the UK and Europe, including London's Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Auditorio Sony in Madrid. The Quartet has performed live on BBC Radio 3 and on Viennese Radio and enjoys regular collaborations with several international guest artists.
The Finzi Quartet is fortunate to have worked with many inspirational musicians including, Hatto Beyerle, Valentin Erben, Andras Keller, Johannes Meissl, Heime Muller, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Christoph Richter, and Thomas Riebl. Having been awarded a full scholarship from the Albeniz Foundation, the Quartet spent two years in the chamber music class of Günter Pichler at the Instituto Internacional de Musica de Camera de Madrid.
As selected artists the Quartet has also benefited from the support of the Tillett Trust, Park Lane Group, the Tunnell Trust, the Kirckman Concerts Society and the Hattori Foundation. In 2010 the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation awarded the Finzi Quartet use for two years of ‘The Evangelists', a unique matched set of quartet instruments by the French maker Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, dated 1863.
Among the highlights of 2010 were appearances on BBC Radio 3's ‘In Tune' and on Viennese Radio as winners of the Austrian ‘Wiener Klassik Prize' for their interpretation of quartets by Joseph Haydn, as well as many highly successful festival appearances, a second Aldeburgh Residency and a recording of Sir John Tavener's ‘Towards Silence' for Signum Records.
The Finzi Quartet also enjoys a continuing collaboration with Northern Irish composer Deirdre Gribbin through its recital series at St Anne and St Agnes Lutheran Church in the City of London. Major festival engagements during 2011 included the Brighton, Salisbury and Edinburgh Festivals and, following the success of their Tunnell Trust Young Artist Tour of Scotland, the Quartet will make several return tours in 2012 and 2013 in association with Enterprise Music Scotland.
Future projects include performances of Schoenberg's Second String Quartet and Virgil Thomson's Stabat Mater in collaboration with soprano Sarah Gabriel, Schubert's C major Quintet with cellists Christoph Richter and Gary Hoffman and concerts in Menorca for the Fundcacion Fidah. The Quartet will also make appearances at the Harrogate and Cheltenham Festivals, and will give a series of concerts throughout France as part of their ongoing collaboration with ProQuartet.
The Quartet is actively involved in education and outreach projects, working regularly with Live Music Now and the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, performing in concerts and workshops around the UK and in London. Following its appointment as Bulldog Junior Fellows at Trinity College of Music for 2009/ 2010, the Quartet currently holds a Leverhulme Fellowship at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Having a strong desire to promote the music of British composers, the Quartet feels proud that its use of Gerald Finzi's name is supported by the Finzi Trust. This association has lead to the commissioning of arrangements for string quartet of Finzi's Romance, Prelude and Elegy which will appear on their debut release with Resonus Classics later this year in conjunction with collaborations on other works by Finzi with baritone Marcus Farnsworth, clarinettist Robert Plane and oboist Ruth Bolister.