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Royal String Quartet

The quartet was established in 1998 at the Academy of Music in Warsaw. They first worked under the guidance of chamber musicians from the Wilanów and Camerata quartets, then between 2001 and 2004, as part of their post-graduate studies in Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, under the musicians of the Alban Berg Quartett. The ensemble developed its skills at master classes led by members of the Amadeus, Guarneri, New Helsinki, Chilingirian and Israel quartets and by Avi Avramovich – lecturer at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. Between 2004 and 2006 the Royal String Quartet were members of the BBC New Generation Artists – a scheme promoting outstanding young international artists. The Quartet have been regular guests at numerous prestigious festivals, both in Poland and worldwide, such as BBC Proms, City of London, East Neuk, Lichfield, Aldeburgh, Pulse, Trasimeno (the Angela Hewitt festival in Umbria, Italy), Next Generation in Dortmund, Musikfesttage in Frankfurt, Valloires and Classique au Vert in France and the Australian Perth International Arts Festival. One of the unique events in the Quartet's career was a special concert in 2004 in London for Queen Elizabeth II. The Royal String Quartet have performed with outstanding artists, such as: Angela Hewitt, Thomas Allen, Ann Murray, Antoine Tamestit, Christian Poltéra, Emmanuelle Bertrand, Laurence Power, Freddy Kempf, Cédric Tiberghien, Martin Fröst, Cédric Pescia, Llyr Williams, Ronald van Spaendonck, Tomasz Strahl, Wojciech Świtała and Michał Nagy, and the Camerata and Psophos quartets. They have frequently appeared at the Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Le Grand Theatre in Bordeaux, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio and the Warsaw Philharmonic. The Quartet’s concerts have been broadcast by the Polish Radio Program 2, BBC and many other European radio stations. The group’s activities have been recorded by DUX, Sony Classical and BeArTon. In 2008 the Royal String Quartet will have their first international album recorded for the prestigious Hyperion record label, featuring the two Karol Szymanowski quartets and the lesser known Ludomir Różycki quartet. Since 2004 the ensemble has been organizer of the "Kwartesencja" Festival which takes place in Fabryka Trzciny in Warsaw. The Royal String Quartet has been a laureate at numerous music competitions and winner of many awards and mentions, including “Fryderyk” (2003). They have also been shortlisted by the Royal Philharmonic Society as one of the three finalists to the prestigious award that is the most important British award granted since 1871.