Winners of the 2014 Royal Overseas League Ensemble Competition.
Winners of the 2014 Royal Overseas League Ensemble Competition, the Solem Quartet were brought together in 2011 by their studies at the University of Manchester, where they take their name from the University motto “arduus ad solem” meaning “striving towards the sun”. Having moved on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music, the quartet enjoyed success in numerous competitions including the RNCM Nossek Prize, the RNCM Barbirolli Prize for String Quartets and the Britten Centenary Intercollegiate String Quartet Competition. Continuing their relationship with the RNCM, the quartet have recently been awarded the Junior Fellowship in Chamber Music 2015/16. As part of the Fellowship they will be coaching undergraduate chamber ensembles and giving a series of concerts in the college throughout the year. The Solem Quartet enjoy an increasingly busy concert schedule performing at venues across the UK including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Holywell Music Room and the Edinburgh Festival. As well as performing the quartet gives coaching to young string quartets at the annual Aberystwyth MusicFest and has led specialist chamber music workshops in North Wales and Gloucestershire. The Solem Quartet have benefited from inspirational teaching from a number of the world's greatest chamber musicians including Gábor Takács-Nagy, Miguel da Silva, Peter Cropper, Thomas Riebl and Hatto Beyerle. They have attended the European Chamber Music Academy and the National Youth String Quartet Academy as well as courses with the Chilingirian and Maggini Quartets, and in January 2015 they undertook a two-week chamber music residency with Simon Rowland-Jones in Aldeburgh. The quartet were delighted to have been selected for the prestigious ChamberStudio Mentorship 2014/2015, which has allowed them to study intensively with their mentor Christoph Richter at Kings Place.
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