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Magnus Johnston violin
Marije Ploemacher violin
Simone van der Giessen viola
Brian O'Kane cello

Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music under the guidance of the late Dr Christopher Rowland and Alasdair Tait, and postgraduate students of the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne, they are now Quartet in Association at the RNCM.  In 2005 1st Prize in the Florence International Competition, and in 2007 2nd Prize at the Melbourne International Competition. They were selected for representation by Young Concert Artists Trust in 2006 and in 2007 received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.

In 2009 they took part in the Haydn series at Wigmore Hall (broadcast by BBC Radio 3) and recorded Haydn’s Seven Last Words on the Cross for Altara Records.  They also worked with Wayne MacGregor’s Random Dance Company on a new work, Entity, with music by Joby Talbot, giving a series of performances at Sadler’s Wells, Snape Maltings and the Muziektheater in Amsterdam.

Over the last two years the Quartet has developed its international profile, appearing at major festivals and venues throughout Europe including the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Schwetzinger, Rheingau and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals in Germany, the Aix-en-Provence and Bellerive Festivals and the Kattegat and Sandviken Festivals in Sweden.  Further afield they have given concerts in Russia, the USA and Bahrain.

They have taken part in the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove and in 2008 were resident Quartet at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh and at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.  The Quartet has broadcast for BBC Radio 3, RAI 3 (Italy), Radio 4 (Holland), SWR (Germany), Radio Luxembourg and ABC Classic FM (Australia).

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