Friends joined through their love of chamber music, the Resol String Quartet formed in the Autumn of 2018 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, with a vision to make classical music more inclusive and accessible, both in the present and for the future. The Resol String Quartet aim to bring their shared ideals of honesty and integrity to all that they do.
In a constant pursuit for excellence, these young artists share their joy of music making and act as ambassadors for chamber music, keeping it alive in today’s society. The group feel just as at home in education and care settings as they do on the concert platform and strive to blend all of this together in their work. In the concert hall they approach their interpretations from a historically informed perspective, bringing a unique take on repertoire from all eras.
The quartet's determination, resilience and passion for chamber music was apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the ensemble hosted four online performances, with repertoire from Boccherini, to Shostakovich and Jessie Montgomery.
Whilst still studying at the RCS, the quartet won awards in all of the Chamber Music Competitions. In May 2021, Quartet was selected to represent the Conservatoire at the CAVATINA Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition, in Wigmore Hall, where they won both the First Prize and the Audience Prize. The ensemble were also invited to perform for the Brunton Chamber Music Recital Series in March 2021 with an immediate re-invitation for August 2021.
Since then, their concert diary has included a concert tour throughout Sussex, performances at the Cop26 Climate Change Conference, and appearances at Perth Concert Hall and live on BBC Radio Scotland. They have been named as Chamber Music Scotland’s ‘Ones to watch’ for 2021-2022.
The quartet have upcoming dates at such venues as London's Conway Hall, as well as further concert tours of the South of England, Scotland, and Manchester.
Currently the quartet are embarking on a concert tour across the islands of the West of Scotland in November and December of 2021, in a collaboration with classical saxophonist Richard Scholfield. This tour is kindly funded by Creative Scotland and the National Lottery.
Keen educators, the quartet’s tours of both England and Scotland have included visits to local schools, providing workshops and masterclasses.
The Resol String Quartet has received masterclasses and coaching from: Donald Grant, Guillaume Sutre, Peter Salaff, Shelia Browne, Greg Lawson, the Brodsky Quartet, David Watkin, Duncan Ferguson, Joseph Swenson and the Manchester Collective.