By far the most successful performance of the evening was that of Lutosławski’s String Quartet given by the accomplished Park Quartet.” (Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade – bachtrack)
Formed at the Royal College of Music in September 2009, the Park Quartet quickly gained a reputation as an exciting and passionate group. Taking quickly to the stage, they performed extensively at the RCM in both the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall and the Britten Theatre, where they performed for the British-EU Society’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, and as part of the RCM’s Chamber Spotlight series. They were also involved in the RCM/Southbank’s ‘Infernal Dance: Inside the World of Bela Bartok’ Project (in association with the Philharmonia Orchestra) which culminated in a performance of the Dohnányi Piano Quintet with pianist Craig Greene. Other early projects included collaborations with high-profile artists including Stewart Copeland, a Proms Plus broadcast for BBC Radio 3 premiering a new work, and a featured spot at the ‘Music for Olympic Years’ series with Maconchy’s String Quartet No. 5.
Since then the Park Quartet has performed at such celebrated venues as the Wigmore Hall, the Elgar Room (Royal Albert Hall), the Purcell Room (Southbank), Queen’s Gate Terrace, the Garrick Club, the Goldensaal in the Neustädtisches Palais in Schwerin, and the Goethe Institut in Paris, as well as being featured artists at the Southwold Concert Series and the Burford Music Club. In 2012, the quartet was artist-in-residence at the fifth Combret sur Rance music festival in France, where they were received with standing ovations. Having been invited to Paris by ProQuartet, they took part in masterclasses and performances as part of the “Singing a Song in a Foreign Land” concert series, one side of Project ESTHER in partnership with Jeunesse Musicale Schwerin, Exil Arte Vienna and Pro Quartet Paris, supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.
The Park Quartet works regularly with renowned musicians, and has taken part in masterclasses with the Chilingirian, Carducci, Cavaleri and Sacconi Quartets, Simon Rowland-Jones, Melissa Phelps, Berent Korfker, Mark Messenger, Louis Fima and Heime Müller.
*** The Park Quartet disbanded in July 2014. ***