Since its formation in 2008, the Cavaleri Quartet has gained a reputation as one of the leading European string quartets.
The quartet were “RCM Rising Stars 2008” and were also selected for the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme and both the Kirckman Concerts Society and Musicians Benevolent Fund Ensembles Awards. Following their London debuts at the Purcell Room in 2008 as Park Lane Group Young Artists, and Wigmore Hall in 2010, the Cavaleri Quartet first came to prominence in the UK after winning the Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Competition in 2011 and the ‘Special Prize’ in the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition in Reggio Emilia, Italy. They won First Prize at the 2012 Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition and were awarded additional prizes for their performances of Brahms and Mendelssohn.
They are the current Quartet in Residence at Oxford University and Ambassadors for the European String Teachers’ Association.
Recent seasons include appearances at the Festpiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Schubertiade ( Austria ), Auditorio Nacionale ( Madrid ), Teatro Toniolo ( Venice ) and Rachmaninov Hall ( Moscow ) as well as a major tour of New Zealand and Australia . They have also performed at all of the major London concert venues, including the Wigmore, Cadogan, Royal Festival and Queen Elizabeth Halls and Kings Place. In 2011 they performed in the ‘Solistas del Siglo XXI’ series at Teatro Monumental, Madrid , with live broadcasts on Radio Clasica, Spain . They have also broadcast live on NDR Kultur and SWR Radio, Germany . Festival appearances in the UK include Edinburgh Fringe, William Alwyn, Harrogate, and Salisbury.
They studied with Andras Schiff and Eric Hobarth at the International Musicians’ Seminar , Prussia Cove, and with Eberhard Feltz, as part of the ProQuartet-CEMC Professional Training Programme. In 2010-11 they were Leverhulme Junior Fellows in Chamber Music at the Royal College of Music and have performed in masterclasses with Gábor Takács-Nagy and members of the Amadeus, Arditti, Keller and Vermeer Quartets. The quartet were selected as Albeniz Foundation Scholars at the Instituto Internacional de Musica de Camara in Madrid , where for three years they studied intensively with Guenter Pichler of the Alban Berg Quartet. Their recordings are available on the Fontana , Signum Classics and Champs Hill labels.
Martyn Jackson & Ciaran McCabe (violins), Ann Beilby (viola), Rowena Calvert (cello)