"Stunning piece, exquisite playing, beautiful video. We're running out of superlatives!" - The Strad
The Gildas Quartet have performed to critical acclaim at major venues including the Bridgewater Hall, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, and on BBC Radio 3. Praised for their 'energy, verve and refreshing approach', their bold and explorative approach to performance has been recognised by the International Franz Schubert and Modern Music Competition, Graz, where they were first prize winners of the Audience Engagement Award in 2018.
Equally passionate about new music and works from the quartet canon, the Gildas have a concert series called 'First Nights, Last Rites' where they commission pieces to be partnered with late well-loved quartets. The first instalment, a new piece by Philip Cashian, was conceived to be performed alongside Schubert's 'Death and the Maiden', receiving its premiere at the St Magnus Festival in Orkney. The quartet has also been privileged to work with composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Colin Matthews on performing their works for quartet. They recently completed a recording of two works by Cheryl Frances-Hoad to be included in a disc for the Champs Hill label. The quartet has given recitals at international festivals such as Two Moors, Oxford Lieder, Kings Lynn, and Cheltenham, and have collaborated with musicians such as the Brodsky Quartet, Nicholas Daniels, Robin Tritschler, Alexander Baillie, and Matthew Barley.
The quartet are City Music Foundation Artists and Associate Ensemble at the Birmingham Conservatoire. They have studied with Oliver Wille, Robin Ireland, and Catherine Manson, and have also benefited from intensive coaching and masterclasses from Alfred Brendel, Paul Cassidy, Gabor Takacs Nagy, and András Keller among others. They have frequently been featured by the Park Lane Group and are grateful for awards and support from the Richard Carne Trust, Tunnell Trust, and the RNCM. The Gildas Quartet were semi-finalists at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2018, and recently returned from a tour of China.