Hargrave Music Festival

Carducci String Quartet

Described by The Strad as presenting “a masterclass in unanimity of musical purpose, in which severity could melt seamlessly into charm, and drama into geniality”, the Carducci Quartet performs over 90 concerts worldwide each year. In 2016 they were awarded a Royal Philharmonic Award and celebrated the 10th anniversary of their Carducci festival in Highnam, Gloucester.

Winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition 2007 and Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition, the Anglo-Irish quartet has appeared at prestigious venues and festivals across the globe including the Wigmore Hall and Milton Court, London; National Concert Hall, Dublin; Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Carnegie Hall, New York; Library of Congress and John F Kennedy Center, Washington D.C; Cheltenham Music Festival; Festival Messiaen au pays Meije; West Cork Chamber Music festival; Kuhmo Festival; Palazzetto Bru-Zane in Venice and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival, Poland.

In 2015 the quartet presented the complete catalogue of Shostakovich’s string quartets – commemorating 40 years since the composer’s death. Their ‘Shostakovich15’ project included a performance of all 15 string quartets across one day at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, as well as various other international cycles, and was accompanied by a recording of quartets no. 4, 8 and 11: their second disc for Signum Classics, recognised by BBC Music Magazine as “a fine achievement, boasting excellent ensemble, musical insight and sensitive attention to detail”.

Recent and upcoming highlights include performing debuts at The Frick Collection, New York and Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; tours to the USA, Spain, Germany and Scotland and collaborations with pianists Denis Kozhukhin and Martin Roscoe, guitarist Craig Ogden, clarinettist Julian Bliss and cellist Guy Johnston.

Highly celebrated for their interpretation of contemporary repertoire, the Carducci Quartet is regularly invited to perform new works. They curated projects around Philip Glass and Steve Reich in 2015, as part of the RPS Award winning ‘Minimalist Unwrapped’ at Kings Place London, and recently released an acclaimed recording of David Bruce’s clarinet quintet “Gumboots” with Julian Bliss, for Signum Classics.

In addition to a growing catalogue for Signum Classics, the quartet has received wide critical acclaim for recordings on their own label. This catalogue features two world premiere recordings: G. Whettam (‘Recording of the Month’ MusicWeb International) and J. Horovitz, as well as masterpieces from composers such as Haydn and Mendelssohn. They have also recorded Vivaldi and Piazzolla with the Katona Twins for Channel Classics, and two successful Philip Glass CDs for Naxos.



Matthew Denton (violin), Michelle Fleming (violin), Eoin Schmidt-Martin (viola), Emma Denton (cello)