2017 Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize winner
Marmen Quartet are the current holders of Music In The Round's 'Bridge' scheme. They perform regularly in venues around the UK and internationally. Founded at the Royal College of Music, London, they consist of Johannes Marmen, Ricky Gore, Joshua Hayward and Steffan Morris.
Since its formation, the Marmen Quartet has enjoyed masterclasses with Shmuel Ashkenazi, Rainer Schmidt, Eberhard Feltz and Johannes Meissl, as well as regular coaching sessions with Simon Rowland-Jones and the late Peter Cropper. As the winners of Music In The Round’s professional development scheme - ‘Bridge’ - they will receive three years of mentoring, financial support, guidance in every aspect of life as a string quartet and regular performance opportunities. Having recently been appointed Associate Ensemble at Birmingham Conservatoire, they will work regularly with Oliver Wille.
Recent highlights have included collaborations with Ensemble 360 and the Sacconi Quartet, a two week residency with Aldeburgh Music and live appearances on 'Swedish Radio' and 'BBC In Tune'. 2016/17 will see recitals across the UK and a reprise of last season’s exhilarating performance of the Mendelssohn Octet together with the Sacconi Quartet. Marmen Quartet are Ensemble in Residence with Salomon Smith Chamber Music Society until 2018.
Ricardo Castro: International pianist who established a flourishing youth music programme in Bahià, Brazil. Awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 2013.
DID YOU KNOW?
The early directors and concert conductors were given tickets made of ivory to gain them admission to Philharmonic Society performances.