Solem Quartet & Shiry Rashkovsky

Tuesday 26 November 2024

Zahra Benyounes – violin

William Newell – violin

Stephen Upshaw – viola

Stephanie Tress – cello

Shiry Rashkovsky – viola

FELIX MENDELSSOHNString Quintet No.1 in A major

Wallen and Mendelssohn Quintets

It’s a very welcome return to Skipton Music for violist Shiry Rashkovsky (Trio Klein, February 2022). For this concert, Shiry joins forces with the Solem Quartet to perform two viola quintets by Felix Mendelssohn and leading British contemporary composer, Errollyn Wallen - the latter, entitled ‘Lencten’, specially commissioned by Shiry and first performed in spring 2024.

Praised for their “immaculate precision and spirit” (The Strad) and “cultured tone” (Arts Desk), the Solem Quartet has established itself as one of the most innovative and adventurous quartets of its generation. A 2020 awardee of the Jerwood Arts Live Work Fund, the Solem Quartet takes its place amongst some of the UK’s brightest artistic voices. Since winning the Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Competition in 2014, the Quartet has built a strong following. They enjoy a busy concert schedule, ranging from international tours to performances at venues such as London’s Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, Perth Concert Hall (subsequently broadcast by Radio 3) and the Tung Auditorium in Liverpool. They are Quartet in Residence at the University of Liverpool and regularly appear as guest teachers across the UK.

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Photo credits: Bertie Watson & Krystian Data

With kind support from The Railway, Skipton