Marmen Quartet

Ensemble

With the courage, vitality and intensity of its performances, the Marmen Quartet is fast establishing itself as one of the most impressive and engaging talents in chamber music, demonstrated by recent first prizes at the prestigious Bordeaux and Banff International String Quartet Competitions.

The Marmen Quartet has performed at leading European venues including Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Boulez Saal, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Stockholm Konserthuset, Milton Court (Barbican), Palladium Malmö and Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, with festival appearances at BBC Proms, Lockenhaus, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Rheingau, Heidelberg and Zeister Musiekdagen festivals and the Amsterdam, Barcelona and Gulbenkian Foundation String Quartet Biennale Festivals.

The quartet made its Australian debut in 2023 as part of the Australian National Academy of Music’s Quartetthaus project, which brings Australian and British contemporary music and quartets together in a listening space designed specially for quartet performances, for which the Marmen Quartet played a work written for them by Hannah Kendall. Previous commissions have included Salina Fisher’s work Heal, composed for them in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and commissioned by Chamber Music New Zealand.

In the 23/24 season, the quartet gives the premiere of a work by Garth Knox, written for them as a companion piece to Janáček’s Intimate Letters, commissioned for them by National String Quartet Foundation Ireland. Other European highlights include performances at Wigmore Hall, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale, Mozartfest Wurzburg and an extensive Swedish tour. Its debut recording for BIS Records will be released in 2024, featuring works by Ligeti and Bartók, with future plans for the label including Debussy, Ravel and Takemitsu.

In 2023, the group also spent time in the US, completing its time as Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, in partnership with the Banff International String Quartet Competition. Other recent North American highlights have included performances in Calgary, Kelowna, Victoria and at the Capital Region Classical series, and the quartet returns for a tour of US and Canada in the 23/24 season.

Formed at the Royal College of Music in 2013, the Marmen Quartet held a Guildhall School of Music String Quartet Fellowship (2018–20) and studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover with Oliver Wille, as well as in London with Simon Rowland-Jones and John Myerscough (Doric Quartet). They were mentored by the late Peter Cropper and have received support from the Musicians Company/Concordia Foundation, Hattori Foundation, Help Musicians and Royal Philharmonic Society (Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize). The Marmen Quartet is an official Pirastro Artist.

2024/2025 Season Programmes

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