St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Barbican String Quartet

Tuesday, 10 November at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Barbican String Quartet

Amarins Wierdsma -violin

Ionel Manciu - violin

Christoph Slenczka - viola

Yoanna Prodanova - cello



String quartet op. 59 no. 1


Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando

Adagio molto e mesto

Thème Russe: Allegro



String quartet in F major

      Allegro moderato - très doux

      Assez vif - très rythmé

      Très lent

      Vif et agité

The Barbican string quartet was formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2014 under the guidance of Alasdair Tait. Amarins Wierdsma, Ionel Manciu, Christoph Slenczka and Yoanna Prodanova originally from from Holland, Moldova, Germany and Moldova, have previously learnt with Vera Beths, Thomas Riebl, Galina Buinovschi and Denis Brott and are currently students of David Takeno and Louise Hopkins at the Guildhall School.

The young quartet has recently won the St-James Quartet Prize and was successful at the 2015 Park Lane Group auditions. They were selected to represent the Guildhall School at the 2015 edition of the Harmos Festival in Porto where they performed in several venues notably in Casa de Musica. After a week of intensive coaching with Lukas Hagen, Thomas Riebl and Enrico Bronz, as a part of the chamber music exchange between the Guildhall School and the Mozarteum in March, the group returned to London where they did their debut concert in the Barbican Hall performing works by Shostakovich.

The Barbican string quartet regularly works with members from the Endellion and Chilingirian quartets. In 2015, they were one of the two quartets accepted to the Belcea Quartet Charitable Trust Scheme. In 2014, the quartet's performance of John Tavener's "The Last Sleep of the Virgin" and Geoffrey Poole's "Harmonice Mundi" were broadcasted on BBC Radio 3. The quartet's future performances include concerts in The Netherlands, Oxford, Cambridge and London.