Zelkova chosen to create RNCM String Quartet Studio

Following an extensive international search we are pleased to announce that the Zelkova Quartet has been chosen to create the RNCM’s first String Quartet Studio.

Based within the College’s Chamber Music Department, this exciting new initiative provides a unique opportunity for full immersion in string quartet training via a year-long bespoke programme of study.

Commencing in September, Zelkova (comprising violinists Caroline and Ed Pether, violist Alex Mitchell and cellist Jonathan Pether) have the opportunity to strengthen repertoire knowledge, artistic identity, ensemble skills and performance experience via a year-long bespoke programme of study. Working closely with violinist Donald Grant (Elias Quartet) and members of the RNCM’s Chamber Music faculty, they will also benefit from regular ensemble coaching, individual instrumental tuition and masterclasses with visiting international artists, as well as career advice and mentoring, full access to the RNCM’s performance/recording facilities, and performance opportunities within the annual Chamber Music Festival.

Talking on behalf of the Quartet, Caroline said: ‘We’re so excited about launching the RNCM’s first String Quartet Studio. We all studied here at the RNCM so it’s great to come back and engage with the institution again. We’re looking forward to some fantastic lessons and masterclasses with many of the fine tutors who teach here and soaking up lots of wisdom and advice, whilst strengthening our own identity. This institution has always had such a wonderful reputation for high-level chamber music and we hope to contribute to continuing that legacy. We’re looking forward to collaborating with the students and we hope that they’ll enjoy having us around!’

Winners of the 2017 St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition, the Manchester-based Zelkova Quartet has established a reputation as one of the UK’s up-and-coming string quartets. Comprising graduates of the RNCM, the players received the Hattori Foundation Senior Award and were chosen by the Concordia Foundation to become selected artists. Partially made up of three siblings, the quartet enjoys the presence of Alex Mitchell as an honorary Pether on viola!

3 August 2018