Maggini Quartet

Chamber /orchestra
Maggini Quartet

Formed in 1988, the Maggini Quartet is established as one of the finest British string quartets, both in performance and through its international award winning recordings. The Quartet is renowned for championing British repertoire, with worldwide sales of recordings for Naxos’s Gramophone Award winning British Music series exceeding 100,000 discs. The ensemble's CD of Vaughan Williams won the Gramophone Chamber Music Award of the Year 2001, and was nominated for the Classical Brit Awards Ensemble/Orchestral Album 2002 . Recordings of Ireland, Bridge, Bliss, Bax, Walton, Britten and E J Moeran have all been Editor’s Choices in Gramophone and the CD of Bridge Quartets 2 & 4 and Phantasy Piano Quartet with Martin Roscoe was a Gramophone CD of the Month (May 2005). The recording of Elgar with Peter Donohoe won a Diapason d’Or of the Year in France and was also a CHOC award winner for “Le Monde de la Musique”, and Bax Quartets 1 & 2 won a 2002 Cannes Classical Award. The Quartet was also a Grammy Award nominee in 2004 and 2005. The Quartet’s recordings also include Haydn Op.33 Quartets (Simax), awarded a maximum ten star-rating in France’s Repertoire des Disques Compacts, Szymanowski/Bacewicz quartets (ASV), Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ (ASV) and Haydn Op.77 Quartets (Claudio). The Maggini Quartet’s commitment to new music has led to important commissions including James MacMillan’s Second Quartet, Robert Simpson’s Cello Quintet (his last work) and works by Eleanor Alberga and Roxanna Panufnik. Recent premieres have also included works by Michael Stimpson and Ronald Corp. The Magginis have much enjoyed their unique collaboration with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, performing and recording his ten ‘Naxos Quartets’ over a five-year period. Commissioned by Naxos, the works fulfilled the composer’s long-held intention of bringing a major contribution to chamber music repertoire. Premieres have included the Wigmore Hall (which hosted performances of all the works), Cheltenham Festival, Oslo Chamber Music Festival and the Purcell Room and all have been received with outstanding acclaim by audiences and critics. The five CDs of the repertoire have also generated tremendous enthusiasm, with The Times hailing the cycle as “a 20th century landmark”. This repertoire has featured as part of the Maggini’s long-standing residency at Canterbury Christ Church University, with open rehearsals of all the quartets and a major archive on the project. The Maggini Quartet appears frequently in prestigious concert series at home and abroad and makes regular media broadcasts. Recent European activities have included performances in the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and Spain. The Glory of the English String Quartet continues to be an important ongoing initiative, drawing upon the wonderfully varied and distinctive repertoire which the Quartet is committed to bringing to a worldwide audience through concert performances and recordings. In addition to their concert activity, the members of the Quartet have an international reputation as chamber music coaches. They hold several UK residencies, have worked at the UK’s senior music institutions, and their educational activities abroad have included coaching at Yale and Oberlin in the United States and an annual coaching engagement for the Norwegian Chamber Music Society. The Quartet’s name derives from the famous 16th century Brescian violin maker Giovanni Paulo Maggini, an example of whose work is played by David Angel. Date Last Edited: July 2010 Not to be altered without permission. Please destroy all previous biographical material.

Date Last Edited: 31/01/2012
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