|The Mavron Quartet
Hometown: Cardiff, Wales
Web site: http://www.myspace.com/themavronquartet
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Formed in September 2002 the Mavron Quartet is Wales’s leading string quartet. Since 2005, the Mavron Quartet has enjoyed a residency at the Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff and in 2010 was appointed ‘ensemble in residence’ at St David’s Hall, Cardiff.
The Quartet members were appointed Junior Fellows in Chamber Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2004, following their success in the College’s inaugural CAVATINA Chamber Music Competition in 2003. Later in 2004 they successfully auditioned for the Live Music Now! scheme.
The Quartet presents regular recitals throughout Wales as part of its brief at its residencies. Venturing further afield, the Quartet was invited to Romania for the 2007 Tiberius Chamber Music Festival to give a series of recitals supported by Wales Arts International. Recitals have also taken the Quartet to Ischia, Italy at the invitation of Lady Suzanna Walton, and to Brussels for the Klara Music Festival.
In 2007 the Quartet was ‘ensemble in residence’ at the Wales Millennium Centre, for the debut British hosting of the European Harp Symposium Arpa Viva. In 2009 the Quartet gave the closing recital for the Leeds International Concert Series at the College of Music. As well as its public performances, the Quartet has appeared at the Senedd, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Windsor Castle and the private London residence of the American Ambassador to the UK. Guests at these performances have included HM The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales, PM Gordon Brown, and Welsh Ministers.
With funding support from various organisations, the Mavron Quartet has commissioned and performed a number of collaborative pieces - collaboration being a strong ethos of the Quartet. In 2008 the Quartet featured in Waiting, a solo dance and string quartet piece by Joanna Young with composition by James Williams. The following year, with support from the Arts Council of Wales, the Quartet toured the UK with a commissioned work, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, by Charlie Barber, with dance choreographed by Jean Abreu. Later that year the Quartet premiered a new commission by Dave Stapleton with support from the PRS Foundation for new music.
The Mavron Quartet enjoys an affiliation with Ty Cerdd recording studio based at the Wales Millennium Centre. Other session work sees the quartet perform with a variety of artists, recently recording with ‘The Saw Doctors’ at Rockfield Studios, and performing live with 'The Gentle Good' at the 2009 Glastonbury Festival.
The Mavron Quartet is currently undertaking educational and outreach work for St David’s Hall, the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, Live Music Now! and various sponsors.
Christiana Mavron - Violin
Katy Rowe - Violin
Niamh Ferris - Viola
Lucy O'Connor - Cello
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