Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Emma Parker, violin
Ann Beilby, viola
Nathaniel Boyd, ‘cello
Formed in 2016, the Albion Quartet brings together four of the UK’s exceptional young string players who are establishing themselves rapidly on the international stage.
Recent debuts include the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, the Wigmore Hall and Town Hall/Symphony Hall Birmingham. Their third recording with Signum has just been released to critical acclaim.
The ensemble is committed to exploring new repertoire and has premiered a new work for soprano and string quartet by Kate Whitley at THSH Birmingham and performed a new full-length quartet by Freya Waley-Cohen at the Wigmore Hall in October 2019.
Passionate about musical education, the quartet holds a residency at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, where they regularly give masterclasses and performances in the Dora Stoutzker Hall. As a Cavatina Chamber Music Trust ensemble, they also give frequent workshops at primary school level where they are thrilled to share the magic of chamber music with children from diverse backgrounds. In 2020, they are extending their educational work even further by launching ‘Friends of the Albion Quartet’, aimed at developing mini-residencies with schools in the state sector and in the special needs category.
The playing, by the excellent Albion, is masterly in its vividness, freedom and sensitivity”
Sunday Times (David Cairns) February 2020. (CD review, Dvorak Quartets 8 & 10)
“Outstanding playing from the Albion Quartet in Cardiff. The Albion Quartet, though both live performances and recordings are establishing themselves as amongst the leading British quartets.”Seen and Heard (Glyn Pursglove), February 2020
What a gorgeous disc! … anyone who thinks that the new generation of super-quartets are merely about virtuoso brilliance should hear the myriad shades of russet and gold that the Albion Quartet find in these two enchanting works. This, surely, is how Dvořák’s chamber music is supposed to sound: luminous, playful (there’s a real kick to his dotted dance-rhythms), and simultaneously generous and touchingly intimate.Gramophone (Richard Bratby), March 2020 (CD review, Dvorak Quartets 8 & 10)