Ernst String Quartet
About Ernst String Quartet
The Ernst String Quartet (formerly Chaudière) was formed in August 2014 at Chetham's School of Music. The violinist's and cellist are currently studying at Royal Academy of Music and the violist at Royal College of Music. Although this creates logistical problems, the members have remained together because of their strong friendship and desire to make music together. The quartet, although having only been together for just over a year, has participated in many concerts, most notably their performance of Tchaikovsky String Quartet No.3 at King’s Place and Shostakovich String Quartet no. 7 at Wigmore Hall. The latter was awarded to the ensemble for their performance of the work during the National Youth String Quartet Weekend, where they competed against several well established groups. Success in small scale competitions has given them the opportunity to perform throughout the U.K and for organisations such as Norwich Chamber Society, Music at Dingley, Rhyl Music Club. Having done outreach work with school children has provided experience working with different age groups. Corporate events, weddings and background music have also been an important part of their development as a quartet. Whilst at Chetham's, they took part in an exchange program with a Lithuanian quartet and an experienced quartet from the Baratt Due institute in Oslo. During this exchange the quartet gave multiple performances of the Mendelssohn String Octet, gaining valuable experience working with other groups. Other collaborations include playing quintets and sextets, such as Elgar and Brahms respectively, with other musicians. Their next step will include entering prestigious competitions and building up a wide range of repertoire. Under the guidance of David Smith and the Doric Quartet, they hope to achieve more success in the future and delve further into the realm of chamber music.