wu string quartet


7.30pm Saturday, 14 March 2015



  Haydn String Quartet in C, Op.20 No.2, Hob. 3/32

  Janček String Quartet No.2, 'Intimate Letters'

  Beethoven String Quartet in F, Op.59 No.1, 'Razumovsky'





Qian Wu violin

Edward Brenton violin

Matthew Kettle viola

Joseph Zeitlin cello



The Wu Quartet performs regularly across the UK and the Continent, having given concerts at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room in London, Music in the Round in Sheffield, the Arnold Schoenberg Centre in Vienna, the International Concert Hall in Beijing, Santa Croce in Florence, the William Walton Foundation in Ischia, Snape Maltings, the BBC Proms, Bridgewater Hall and at many music societies. May 2014 saw the release of their first recording of the Mendelssohn Fugues - part of the collaborative CD of the Complete Mendelssohn Works for String Quartet on the Champs Hill label along with the Benyounes, Idomeneo, Sacconi, Navarra, Castalian, Piatti, Badke, Artea, and Cavaleri String Quartets.


The quartet has had a number of significant competition successes: 1st prize-winners at the 23rd V.E. Rimbotti International string quartet competition in Fiesole, Italy in 2012, the Wu Quartet has also received the 2011 Artis Quartet prize in Vienna and the 2nd Baerenreiter prizes at the 2012 Charles Hennen Concours in Holland. In September 2011 the quartet reached the semi-finals of the Beijing International String Quartet Competition.  Recently they have been named recipients of the Albert and Eugenie Frost prize from the Royal Philharmonic Society.  The quartet has also received awards from the Hattori Foundation and the Musicians Benevolent Fund and in 2010 was selected for the Park Lane Group Young Artists scheme as well as winning the MMSF/Philharmonia Orchestra Ensemble Award.


In 2011 the Wu quartet joined the European Chamber Music Academy, which has given it the opportunity to study at conservatoires around Europe with some of the world’s finest chamber musicians.  In 2013/2014 the Quartet continued its participation in the ECMA and is now being mentored personally by its founder, Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet) with whom they work regularly in Germany.  In the UK they work closely with Simon Rowland-Jones. They have also attended IMS Prussia Cove and as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations performed in the Wigmore Hall.  They have also studied with Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartet) and Peter Cropper (Lindsay Quartet) and in 2012 were invited to take part in the Royal Northern College of Music's International Artist Diploma course.


Highlights for 2014/2015 include a return to the Wigmore Hall, tours of Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, an appearance in the Salisbury International Music Festival and quintet concerts with Leslie Howard.