The Solem Quartet will be the performers in a concert presented by Bute Arts Society at Rothesay Joint Campus on Friday at 7.30pm.
Winners of the 2014 Royal Overseas League Ensemble Competition, the Solem Quartet were brought together in 2011 by their studies at the University of Manchester, and they take their name from the University motto “arduus ad solem”, meaning “striving towards the sun”.
The quartet enjoy a busy concert schedule at venues across the UK including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Holywell Music Room, as well as performing internationally in several European countries. As an acknowledgement to their name, the Solem Quartet began by learning Haydn’s op 20 ‘Sun’ Quartets. Now their repertoire expands widely from early Haydn to living composers such as Emily Howard, whose quartet ‘Afference’ they recently performed in a BBC Proms Extra broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. They have recorded two CDs of 20th Century British music for Divine Arts record company.
The quartet recently completed the Junior Fellowship in Chamber Music at the RNCM 2015-17 (generously supported by the Albert and Eugenie Frost Music Trust), giving regular coaching to chamber ensembles as well as a series of concerts throughout the year. As part of their work with Live Music Now, they also give concerts and workshops in a number of special needs schools around Manchester. Since September 2016 they have held the position of Quartet in Residence at the University of Liverpool. They were also recently appointed Ensemble in Residence at Aberystwyth MusicFest. They have been privately commissioned to undertake a complete Beethoven cycle, to take place over five years starting in 2017, in London and Aberystwyth.
This concert is part of a tour of Scotland made possible by financial support from the Tunnell Trust.