Daniel Rowland

Violin I

Ian Belton
Violin II

Paul Cassidy
Viola

Jacqueline Thomas
Cello

The Brodsky Quartet are at the forefront of the international chamber-music scene.Theirlove and mastery of the traditional string quartet repertoire is evident from their highlyacclaimed performances of composers ranging from Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Tchaikovsky toShostakovich, Bartok, Britten and Respighi, as well as from their extensive, award-winningdiscography.

At the same time, the Quartet are known for their pioneering work with a diverse range ofperforming artists, from singers Elvis Costello, Anne Sofie von Otter and Björk, to CompliciteTheatre Company and Icelandic poet Sjón, while their many collaborations with distinguishedcomposers, including John Tavener, LutosÅ‚awski, Peter Sculthorpe, Django Bates, Sally Beamish, DaveBrubeck and Julian Nott, have given them an unrivalled opportunity to influence and inspire some ofthe newest work for string quartet.

Their passion to embrace “all good music” has been the driving force behind their success andhas kept their approach fresh and their enthusiasm high for thirty years.In March 2005 theQuartet was proud to launch their own record label, Brodsky Records, with the release of twoCDs:String Quartets Nos2 and 3 by Tchaikovsky, and the albumMoodswings, featuring a broad range of songs for string quartet and voice. Recent awardsfor recording include the Diapason d’Or and the CHOC du Monde de la Musique for their recordings ofstring quartets by Benjamin Britten, while for their outstanding contribution to the world of musicthe Brodsky Quartet has received a Royal Philharmonic Society Award.

The Quartet is named after the Russian violinist Adolf Brodsky, who played an important rolein musical life in Manchester and at the Royal Northern College where the quartetstudied.

Daniel Rowland plays a violin made by Lorenzo Storioni of Cremona in 1793; Ian Belton’s violinis by Gio. Paolo Maggini c.1615; Jacqueline Thomas plays a cello made by Thomas Perry in 1785; PaulCassidy’s viola, ”˜La Delfina’ c.1720, courtesy of Señora Delfina Entrecanales.

 

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