The period instrument quartet will take up a three-year residency at Music at Paxton as the festival’s associate ensemble

Consone Quartet (landscape) credit Matthew Johnson

Consone Quartet © Matthew Johnson

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The UK-based Consone Quartet have been named as Music at Paxton’s associate ensemble in residence. The quartet will make its debut as part of a three-year residency programme at the 2023 festival, which will be held from 21 to 30 July.

’We are absolutely thrilled to have been appointed as the associate ensemble for Music at Paxton,’ said the quartet in a statement. ’We can’t wait to make music in this incredibly special and historic place, and to meet and connect with the festival’s audience.

’It is inspiring to be given so much artistic freedom and we are excited to share programmes over the coming years, featuring rarely-heard music as well as some familiar favourites!’

The quartet, comprising Agata Daraškaite (violin), Magdalena Loth-Hill (violin), Elitsa Bogdanova (viola) and George Ross (cello) are the first period instrument string quartet to be selected as BBC New Generation Artists. Formed at the Royal College of Music in London, the quartet embarked on its professional career in 2015, winning two awards at the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition that year, including the EUBO Development Trust Prize and a place on the EEEmerging Scheme in France. The quartet went on to win the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Prize, and in 2022 were awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust (BBT) fellowship.  

The Consone Quartet has appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, St John’s Smith Square and St Martin-in-the-Fields, and at the Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Brighton, and Buxton Festivals. Abroad, the quartet has appeared at the Heidelberg String Quartet Festival, Philharmonie de Paris and Auditorium de Lyon, at the Concertgebouw Brugge, AMUZ and de Bijloke in Belgium, Concerts d’été à St Germain in Switzerland, among others.

The Consone Quartet are among a host of string players to appear at this year’s Music at Paxton festival, which includes the Piatti Quartet, cellist Guy Johnston and violinist Chlöe Hanslip. More information can be found here:

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