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For over 20 years The Smith Quartet  have been at the forefront of the world’s contemporary music scene.

They have developed a repertoire by some of the world’s most exciting composers and have established an international reputation for their dynamic style and original approach to contemporary music.

 
2015-2016 News

This season the Smith Quartet will be exploring more music for string quartet and percussion with percussionist Joby Burgess. Works will include the award winning work Distil by Graham Firkin and Steve Martland’s joyful Starry Night.

On 17th January they will be performing a new commission for solo cello and quartet by Gavin Higgins at the Norfolk and Norwich Music Society with David Cohen.

1st April 2016 they will be performing the monumental Piano Quintet by Morton Feldman at the Principal Sound Festival at St John’s Smith Square.

Also coming up
The quartet are looking forward to the release of Nyman’s 4th and 5th quartets on The MN label and recording music for string quartet and percussion with Joby Burgess on the Signum label. Also a new Suite of movements by the the composer Elena Kats Chernin taken from the collaboration with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company.

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Arts Council England
The Smith Quartet gratefully acknowledges the support of PRS for Music Foundation, Arts Council England and the RVW Trust.
IAN HUMPHRIES – VIOLIN
RICK KOSTER – VIOLIN
NIC PENDLEBURY – VIOLA
DEIRDRE COOPER – CELLO
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“Listen, reflect, marvel.”
The Observer, February 2010


“In 2006, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival focused on Morton Feldman, one of the few important composers of the second half of the 20th century whose music had not previously been featured at the festival. At the centre of this belated tribute was a survey of Feldmanʼs works for piano and strings, spread across several recitals, with pianist John Tilbury and the members of the Smith Quartet. They were extraordinary experiences.”
The Guardian, February 2010


“…the superb Smith Quartet…”
The Times


“Effortless class…”
BBC Radio 3: Andrew McGregor’s CD review


“As versatile as the Kronos Quartet, and smoother than the Brodskys, The Smith Quartet have edged ahead of their competitors in contemporary chamber music…”
The Independent On Sunday


“How long before the Kronos is labelled the ‘American Smith Quartet’?… they are ahead of the curve at generating new repertoire and taking the experimental back-catalogue seriously…”
Classic FM Magazine