Castalian STRING QUARTET
Sini Simonen violin
Daniel Roberts violin
Charlotte Bonneton viola
Christopher Graves cello
Recipient of the inaugural Merito String Quartet Award & Valentin Erben Prize and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award in 2018, the Castalian String Quartet this season gives debut recitals in New York City (Lincoln Center), Washington D.C. (Phillips Collection), Montreal (Salle Bourgie), Toronto (Canadian Opera Company), Vancouver (Vancouver Recital Series), Paris (Auditorium du Louvre), Brussels (Flagey) and Vienna (Wiener Konzerthaus).
The Quartet regularly appears in the Wigmore Hall’s main series. This year they will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Elgar’s string quartet and piano quintet, which took place at the hall, with Aleksandar Madzar. In the Wigmore Hall’s 2019/20 season they will be joined in their series of Brahms and Schumann chamber music by guest artists Stephen Hough, Cédric Tiberghien, Michael Collins, Nils Mönkemeyer, Isabel Charisius and Ursula Smith.
2019 sees return visits to the Aldeburgh Festival - including the UK premiere of ‘Aloysius’ by Edmund Finnis - Saffron Hall and the North Norfolk Music Festival, where they will premiere a new work by Simon Rowland-Jones.
Highlights over the last year have included performances of the complete Haydn Op.76 Quartets at the Wigmore Hall and appearances at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, East Neuk Festival, Heidelberger Frühling Festival, Zwischentöne Festival (Switzerland), Neuchâtel Chamber Music, and Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival. Further afield they toured both China and Colombia.
Formed in 2011, the Castalian String Quartet studied with Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet) at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media, graduating with a Masters degree. Awards include 1st Prize at the 2015 Lyon Chamber Music Competition and 3rd Prize at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition.
The Quartet was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2016 and has received further coaching from Simon Rowland-Jones, David Waterman and Isabel Charisius.