Quartet claim Cambridge

Cambridge University has appointed Ligeti Quartet has the holders of its first ever Chamber Music Residency. The residency is funded by Radcliffe Trust and Homerton College, and will see the group work closely with composition students.

It is the third major appointment for the quartet, who currently hold a residency at Sheffield University (2015-17) and are part of the St John’s Smith Square Young Artists Scheme 2015-16. In April this year they took part in Kronos Quartet’s ‘Creating a New Repertoire’ programme at the Carnegie Hall.

‘As a quartet dedicated to the performance of modern and contemporary music, and interested in collaborative and innovative projects, we believe we will make a strong and lasting contribution to music at Cambridge,’ said the group in a statement. ‘The residency will be a tremendous opportunity for us to engage with a vibrant community of composers, musicologists, and other performers, at the Faculty of Music and in Homerton College.’

In addition to working with young composers the group will also perform concerts, coach students and create events for other performers. They will work closely with Richard Causton, reader in composition; John Hopkins, composer and director of studies at Homerton; and Maggie Faultless, director of performance at the Faculty of Music.

Made up of Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and University of Oxford graduates, the group formed in 2010 and has dedicated itself to performing modern and contemporary works, as well as commissioning new pieces. They have worked with musicians such as Shabaka Hutchings, Laura Jurd, Wadada Leo Smith and You Are Wolf across a range of disciplines.