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September 2023

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Johannes Marmen - Laia Valentin Braun - Bryony Gibson-Cornish - Sinéad O’Halloran

With a growing reputation for the courage, vitality and commitment of its performances the Marmen Quartet is fast establishing itself as one of the most impressive and engaging new talents in the chamber music arena. 2019 marked a year of significant achievement for the Quartet, with First Prizes at both the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition and Banff International String Quartet Competition, where they were also awarded the Haydn and Canadian Commission prizes. Other accolades include first prize at the Royal Overseas League Competition (2018) and awards at the International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition.

The Marmen Quartet has performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, Milton Court (Barbican), Palladium Malmö and Muziekgebouw Eindhoven. Other recent highlights have included performances across the UK as part of Music in the Round’s ‘Bridge Scheme’ (2015-17), as well as regular appearances at the Wiltshire Music Centre where they are Young Quartet in Association. The Quartet performs regularly across Sweden and 2020 saw its first complete cycle of Beethoven String Quartetse for Musik I Syd. Festival engagements have taken the Quartet to the Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale, Hitzacker, Lockenhaus, Edinburgh Fringe, and the Barcelona String Quartet Biennale.

Highlights of the current season include debuts at the Berlin Philharmonie, Boulez Saal and Stockholm Konserthuset as well as extensive European tours including performances in Frankfurt, Hannover, Heidelberg and Leipzig. Festival engagements take the Quartet to the Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale, Gulbenkian Quartet Biennale and the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival. In the US the Quartet takes up its position as Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University in partnership with the Banff International String Quartet Competition; a relationship that will see the Quartet work closely with the University’s students as well as giving performances and developing new projects across its residencies. Other future plans include tours to Japan, New Zealand and Canada.

Formed in 2013 at the Royal College of Music, the Marmen Quartet were holders of the Guildhall School of Music String Quartet Fellowship (2018-2020) and studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover with Oliver Wille as well as in London with Simon Rowland-Jones and John Myerscough (Doric Quartet). They were mentored by the late Peter Cropper and have received support from the Musicians Company/Concordia Foundation, the Hattori Foundation, Help Musicians and the Royal Philharmonic Society (Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize).