Marmen Quartet

Prizewinners in the Banff and the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competitions in 2019, this young London-based quartet is gaining an international reputation for its combination of character and polish.  Local audiences may already have heard their cellist, Steffan Morris, leading the section in the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Both the Mozart and the Schubert mark the start of their 'mature' quartets - Mozart's G major quartet being the first of six dedicated to his mentor Haydn.  Ligeti's first string quartet was inspired by those of his fellow-Hungarian, Bela Bartók, and is in one continuous movement. Schubert's Quartettsatz remains popular despite being, like his famous eighth symphony, 'unfinished'.  Beethoven's third 'Rasumovsky' quartet ends with a thrilling hell-for-leather fugue.  

'I enjoyed their conversational approach to the piece [Mozart K387], with a genuine cantabile slow movement and a lovely sense of to-and-fro to the finale. However, this was just a curtain-raiser to a stunning performance of Ligeti’s quartet, a daring repertoire choice that paid off triumphantly.' Simon Thompson, Seen and Heard International, 2018