RNCM String Quartet Studio welcomes Karski Quartet

Launched in September 2018, the String Quartet Studio is a unique programme of immersive training in chamber music, with the aim of strengthening artistic identity, expanding repertoire knowledge and providing performance experience.

Under the mentorship of violinist Donald Grant (Elias Quartet) and other members of the RNCM’s Chamber Music faculty, Karski (comprising Polish violinists Kaja Nowak and Natalia Kotarba, cellist Julia Kotarba, and Belgian violist Diede Verpoest) will study over the course of two terms, starting this Spring.

During this time they will receive regular ensemble coaching, individual instrumental tuition and masterclasses with visiting international artists. Whilst enjoying full access to the RNCM’s performance/recording facilities, they will also be supported with career advice and mentoring, as well as performance opportunities within the annual Chamber Music Festival.

They said: ‘We are very excited to be chosen to continue the String Quartet Studio programme at the RNCM. Looking forward to many intense and inspiring coaching sessions with the wonderful musicians of the chamber music faculty, and to joining this vibrant and welcoming community and making music together. We are very grateful to the RNCM for giving us this exceptional opportunity!’

Formed in 2018, the Karski Quartet were awarded the Grande Prix in the fourth International Music Competition Triomphe de l’Art in Brussels and have participated in prestigious masterclasses and festivals, including the Resonances Festival Academy and Rencontres Internationales Musicales d’Enghien. Poignantly named after Polish WWII hero, Jan Karski, the quartet ‘find his profound compassion and uncompromising attitude as an example to be emulated in art as well as life.’

The RNCM String Quartet Studio is supported by the Albert and Eugenie Frost Trust.


19 February 2019