Named in memory of Peter Schidlof, the distinguished viola player, the quartet has been described as one of the most accomplished to have emerged in the past decade.
The Schidlof Quartet has been heralded by the Daily Telegraph as "one of the most accomplished to have emerged in the past decade". The London Evening Standard has written, "there is a permanence about their presence and an authority in their music". Named in memory of Peter Schidlof, the distinguished viola player, its members come from Canada, Israel and England.
The Schidlof Quartet's UK concerts have included appearances at most major venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room and Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Festival visits have included Dartington International Summer School, Harrogate International, Spitalfields, Warwick & Leamington, Kings Lynn, Newbury Spring and the Norfolk & Norwich Festival where the Schidlof has been appointed Associate Quartet, the first association of its kind.
The Quartet has often worked in conjunction with The British Council, and touring engagements have included the Czech Republic for the Prague International String Quartet Festival, Italy for Festival RomaEuropa and Bulgaria for the International Chamber Music festivals, where it gave the Bulgarian premiere of Britten's Quartet No.3.
The Quartet continues to perform quintets with guest artists of the highest calibre, including Lars Anders Tomter, Martin Roscoe, Nicholas Daniel and Bernard d'Ascoli. In 1998 the ensemble was invited to appear in a special Mozart recital at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with Murray Perahia. forthcoming highlights include a return to the Wigmore Hall, a first visit to the Prague Spring Festival and appearances in a major Shostakovich/Haydn cycle at the Turner Sims Hall, Southampton. The Quartet made its debut USA tour in Autumn 1999, with appearances at major venues in New York, Washington and Los Angeles.
The Quartet has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, Bulgarian National Television and Radio and Israel Radio, and has embarked on a series of recordings for Linn Records. Its CD of Shostakovich was recommended in 'Critic's Choice' of the Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph, and was selected in BBC Music Magazine 'Critic's Choice'. Its Dvorak recording, released in 1999 received a five-star review from Classic CD.
The Quartet comprises Ofer Falk violin, Rafael Todes violin, Graham Oppenheimer viola and Bridget MacRae cello.