US violist Natalie Loughran joins the ensemble, with her first official concert on 13 May at Wigmore Hall

Castalian Quartet cr Kirk Truman

Castalian Quartet © Kirk Truman

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The UK-based Castalian Quartet has announced the appointment of Natalie Loughran as its new violist. She replaces Ruth Gibson, who leaves to pursue other opportunities.

Loughran’s first official performance with the Castalian Quartet will be on 13 May at London’s Wigmore Hall.

’I could have only dreamed of a musical and personal match like this,’ says Loughran on her new role. ’I feel honoured to add my voice to the Castalians and look forward to many more musical adventures together.’

Loughran is originally from Philadelphia, PA. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she received the Kovner Fellowship, studying with Roger Tapping, Misha Armory and Hsin-Yun Huang. She also studied at the Kronberg Academy with Tabea Zimmermann.

She is the first-prize winner of the 2021 Primrose International Viola Competition, where she also won the audience prize and the BIPOC composer prize.

As a chamber musician, she is a former member of the Kila Quartet and has participated in the Perlman Music Program Chamber Workshop, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, Yellow Barn, Kronberg’s Chamber Music Connects the World and Marlboro Music Festival.

Loughran plays on a 1976 viola by Sergio Peresson.

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