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Monday 16 December - Echea Quartet (strings) - St James's Church, Piccadilly

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Finalists and prize-winners of the International Anton Rubinstein Chamber Music Competition, (2018) and Finalists in the Royal Overseas-League Music Competition (2019), the Echéa Quartet is a London-based string quartet formed in 2017 at the Royal Academy of Music. They have recently been awarded the role as Fellowship String Quartet for 2019/20 at the Royal Academy of Music, where they are mentored by John Myerscough, Christoph Richter and Levon Chilingirian.

In 2017, the quartet were awarded the St Peter’s Chamber Music Prize, for which they have performed as part of the Eaton Square Concert Series. They have performed in masterclasses for Adrian Brendel, Miguel da Silva, Hartmut Rohde and members of the London Haydn and Belcea quartets. In the summer of 2018, the Echéa Quartet were the string-quartet-in-residence at Ferrandou Musique, Dordogne, where there gave many recitals as well as collaborating with the British baritone, David Wilson-Johnson. They were also awarded the role of Fellowship Quartet at Wintergreen Performing Arts, where they toured across Virginia, and worked and performed with violinist Rachel Barton Pine.

Highlights of 2019 have included a performance of Haydn and Mendelssohn at the Musikverein in Vienna, as well as a collaboration with Marin Alsop at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Dedicated to the performance of new music, the Echéa Quartet continues to foster their relationship with London-based composers and performed at the Krama Contemporary Music Festival in Athens, Greece. They will also be working closely with Harrison Birtwistle at the Royal Academy and Henning Kraggerud at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. The Echéa Quartet will be attending the Banff Centre’s ‘Evolution of the String Quartet’ course, before touring the west-coast of North America during Autumn 2019.