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September 2017

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Magnus Johnston, Simone Van der Giessen (violins), Tom Hankey(viola), Brian O’Kane (cello)

“The Navarra Quartet who deliver compelling performances” BBC Music Magazine

Since its formation in 2002, the Navarra Quartet has built an international reputation as one of the most dynamic and poetic string quartets of today. Selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) from 2006 to 2010, they have been awarded the MIDEM Classique Young Artist Award, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a Musica Viva tour, Second Prize at the Melbourne International Competition and First Prize in the Florence International Chamber Music Competition.

They have appeared at major venues throughout the world including Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Royal Festival Hall, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, and international festivals such as Rheingau, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Aix-en-Provence and the BBC Proms. Further afield they have given concerts in Russia, the USA and the Middle East and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, RAI 3 (Italy), Radio 4 (Holland), SWR (Germany), Radio Luxembourg and ABC Classic FM (Australia).

Highly-acclaimed recordings include a disc of Pēteris Vasks’ first three String Quartets for Challenge Records. The recording was nominated for the prestigious German Schallplattenkritik Award.

Recent and upcoming highlights include performances at the Wigmore Hall, Luxembourg Philharmonie, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; the Utzon Music Series at the Sydney Opera House and Four Winds Festival, New South Wales; at the Bergen International, Aix-en-Provence, Aldeburgh, Harrogate Chamber Music Festivals; as well as the quartet’s China debut in Shanghai and Guangzhou.

The Navarra Quartet launched its own chamber music festival in 2014 at the beautifully renovated Van Houten Church, in the picturesque town of Weesp, close to Amsterdam.

For more information, visit www.navarra.co.uk

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