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 both in the present and for the future.
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 this work together. In the concert hall they approach their interpretations from a historically informed perspective, bringing a unique take on repertoire from all eras.
In May 2021, the quartet were awarded both the First Prize, and Audience Prize in the CAVATINA Competition at the Wigmore Hall, representing the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In the same year, they made their Perth Concert Hall debut, were named as one of Chamber Music Scotland’s ‘One’s to Watch’ and were accepted to work with Live Music Now Scotland. They also appeared live on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Classics Unwrapped’. In 2022 they made their Conway Hall Debut as part of their historic ‘Sunday Concert Series’.
In 2020, the quartet were privileged to open the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Rosin Chamber Festival, alongside the world-renowned Brodsky String Quartet. In the same year, the quartet won First Prize in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Mabel Glover String Quartet Competition and were awarded the Mary D Adams prize for chamber music.
The ensemble were invited to perform for the Brunton Chamber Music Recital Series in August 2020 with an immediate re-invitation. In the same month the quartet performed at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for the last concert of their Hilary Rosin Sunday Coffee Concert Series. The ensemble have also run five of their own concert tours across the UK. Their West of Scotland tour in November 2021 was in collaboration with classical Saxophonist Richard Scholfield and brought a varied programme of original arrangements to rural island communities. This tour was funded by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.
Education is an important aspect of the quartet’s work. Each concert tour sees them visit local schools in the communities in which they perform. The quartet have worked in several schools across Scotland and the South of England, in particular working on several occasions with Oban High School and Worth School in West Sussex. In June 2022 they adjudicated the final of the Worth Young Musician of the Year Competition.
Upcoming plans include four concerts in Spain and Catalonia, a tour across Scotland featuring a new take on Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik in collaboration with Chamber Music Scotland and musicologist Bruce Fox- Lefriche and an exciting project at the end of the year with Sussex based composer Julian Broughton, including a fascinating new commission.
Resol Quartet have received masterclasses and coaching from: Richard Ireland as part of Chamber Studio, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, Joseph Swenson, Donald Grant, Guillaume Sutre, Peter Salaff, Shelia Browne, Greg Lawson, the Brodsky Quartet, David Watkin, and Manchester Collective.