The first period instrument string quartet to be selected as BBC New Generation Artists, the Consone Quartet are fast making a name for themselves with their honest and expressive interpretations of classical and romantic repertoire.
Their debut recording explored music by Haydn and Mendelssohn and was described by The Strad as an album ‘that instantly leaps out of the stereo at you as something special’. They have started a new partnership with Linn, opening with the complete string quartets of Felix Mendelssohn.
Formed at the Royal College of Music in London, the Consone Quartet launched their professional career in 2015, shortly after which they were awarded two prizes at the 2015 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, including the EUBO Development Trust Prize and a place on the EEEmerging scheme in France. They went on to win the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Prize, and in 2022 were awarded a prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust (BBT) fellowship.
The quartet has been enthusiastically received at London’s Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, St John’s Smith Square and St Martin-in-the-Fields, and at the Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Brighton, and Buxton Festivals, among others. The English Haydn Festival and the Brighton and York Early Music Festivals are also loyal supporters of the group. Further afield, the Consone have been invited to perform at the Philharmonie de Paris and Auditorium de Lyon in France, at the Concertgebouw Brugge, AMUZ and de Bijloke in Belgium, Concerts d’été à St-Germain in Switzerland and venues across Italy, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia as well as North and South America.
The Consone Quartet enjoys a rich portfolio of collaborative partnerships, including Justin Taylor, Steven Devine, Alexander Gadjiev, Anneke Scott, Mary Bevan and Colin Lawson. Education work remains a core interest to the group, having worked with students at the Royal College of Music in London, Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, as Hans Keller fellows for 2020–2022.
During the pandemic, Consone set up Barnstorming! – a series of collaborative concerts, filmed in beautiful and unusual barns around the UK.