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Quartet 15
Franz Schubert

Quartet 15

Artea Quartet

Label: Champs Hill
Format: CD
Barcode: 5060212591432
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Catalog number: CHRCD 137
Releasedate: 12-01-18
- The Artea Quartet comprises Thomas Gould - violin, Rhys Watkins - violin, Benjamin Roskams - viola and Ashok Klouda – cello.

The members of the Artea quartet met whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2001. After studies with the Amadeus, Alberni and Wihan quartets they went on to forge a successful career, winning many awards and performing at festivals throughout the U.K. including the BBC Proms, and at venues such as the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room as well as live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3.

With busy solo and orchestral careers, this new recording represents a rare opportunity to hear them in the studio, and the repertoire reflects their desire to take on a challenge: one of the summits of the repertoire, Schubert’s last great String Quartet in G major, No 15. "It is a piece of such enormous scope and exquisite beauty that it is an intimidating peak of the repertoire to scale. It is a sobering thought that Schubert was the same age as us, if not slightly younger, when he composed it.” It was published posthumously in 1851.

The members of the Artea Quartet met whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2001. After studies with the Amadeus, Alberni and
Wihan quartets they went on to forge a successful career, winning many awards and performing at festivals throughout the UK including the BBC Proms, and at venues such as the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room as well as live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3.

In addition to their obvious love for quartet-playing the members of the Artea Quartet enjoy a diverse range of music-making on an individual level. Thomas Gould is a soloist and leader of Britten Sinfonia. Rhys Watkins is a member of the first violin section of the London Symphony Orchestra. Benjamin Roskams is the violist of the London Conchord Ensemble and a member of the first violin section of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Ashok Klouda is a member of cello octet Cellophony and is also Co-Founder/Director of the Highgate International Chamber Music Festival.

The quartet received critical acclaim for their 2014 recording of Mendelssohn’s Four Pieces for String Quartet for Champs Hill Records.