Festival Directors

"..the Quartet's performance is masterful, and totally engaging throughout..."

The Strad

The Benyounes Quartet has forged a reputation for fresh, vivid performances and interpretations of refinement and integrity. The quartet's international accolades include prizes at both the 2014 Orlando International String Quartet Competition and the 2012 International Sandor Vegh String Quartet Competition in Budapest. They have established a presence at major venues including Wigmore Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Queen Elizabeth Hall and King’s Place, and at festivals such as Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Aldeburgh and West Cork Chamber Music. 

Their 2019 album 'Innovators' for Champs Hill Records has received 4* reviews from Gramaphone, BBC Music and Strad Magazines. Their debut recording of Mozart Piano Concertos with pianist Jeremy Young was released on Meridian Records to critical acclaim. They also featured on the Champs Hill Records release Complete Works for String Quartet by Mendelssohn (BBC Music Magazine’s critics’ choice 2014). 

Formed at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2007, the Benyounes Quartet was subsequently awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Julius Isserlis Scholarship to study with Gábor Takács-Nagy at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva. During this period they lived together in a quiet French village, which allowed them the time and space to develop and explore a wide range of repertoire. They also worked closely with Eberhard Feltz, Peter Cropper, Quatuor Ebène, Andràs Keller and David Waterman at centres such as Pro Quartet, Aldeburgh and IMS Prussia Cove. 

The quartet held the Richard Carne Junior Fellowship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (2011 - 2013) and have been invited to teach at Dartington International Summer School, ConCorda, Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Northern College of Music. 

 

Outreach and education work have always been important to the quartet and they have become known for their unique workshops and communication skills with young people. Throughout their career they have championed contemporary works by both established and emerging composers and, in recent years, have premiered new works by Poul Ruders, Philip Cashian, Simon Bainbridge, Deirdre Gribbin and John Woolrich. 

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