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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.


The quartet commenced their residency on January 9th 2018 with a day of activity, a talk by Head of Composition Dominic Murcott, a performance of works by Kevin Volans and Philip Glass, and coaching sessions with student performers.
Smith Quartet at Trinity Laban
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New Smith Quartet CD release:
Michael Nyman’s String Quartets 5 and 4

The Smith Quartet launched their new CD of Michael Nyman’s String Quartets 5 and 4 at Trinity Laban’s stunning home, King Charles Court, Greenwich, London on 09.01.2018. The event was celebrated with a reception before a live performance of Michael Nyman’s Quartet No.5 Let’s not make a song and dance out of this from The Smith Quartet. The CD, as well as other formats, is available to buy from Amazon and can also be streamed via Spotify.
Nyman Quartets Smith Quartet
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2017 highlights
Last spring, the quartet continued its long established collaboration with Shobona Jeyasingh Dance with a UK tour of Material Men redux, a new full length version of the original production that premiered at the QEH, London in 2015; featuring music by Elena Katz-Chernin and sound design by Leafcutter John. The production had its Italian premiere in the stunning Teatro Alighieri as part of the 2017 Ravenna Festival.

MATERIAL MEN redux – 2017
Material Men Redux
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“The evening was a jaw-dropping delight…”
Stagetalk Magazine (5 stars)

“…marvellously intense… the double edges of clarity and complexity, contrast and connection, are pure Jeyasingh…”
The Guardian (5 stars)

The Ravenna Festival

The quartet also appeared as part of the Ravenna Festival at the historic Chiostro della Biblioteca Classense, performing the Italian premiere of Michael Nyman’s 5th quartet as well as works by Gavin Bryars and Steve Martland.
Smith Quartet at Ravenna Festival
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Recent news…
Released on Matchless Recordings, Music for Piano and Strings Vol.3 is the final volume of all the works written for Piano and Strings by Feldman, which was recorded live at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2006. Featured works include Spring of Chosroes (violin and piano), The Viola in My Life (viola and piano) and Trio, the mesmerising work for violin, cello and piano. Recorded and produced by Sebastian Lexer, this volume celebrates 10 years of extraordinary collaboration. We’ve included here the beautiful notes that John Tilbury has written for the booklet.
John Tilbury
“If any single piece epitomises the beauty and hypnotic power of Feldman’s final works, it is Piano and String Quartet.”
The Guardian

Reviews for St. Johns Smith Square concert with John Tilbury, April 2016.

“Feldman’s feeling for proportion and weight was exquisitely displayed in the piece, but only because the performance was so beautifully judged…In their wonderful performance Feldman’s masterpiece took on a lovely vernal glow.”
Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph (5 stars)

“…The Smiths and Tilbury are seasoned exponents of this style and made the performance magical…”
Paul Driver, The Sunday Times

“The pianist John Tilbury and the Smith Quartet interpreted 85 minutes of Morton Feldman’s ‘slow music’ with silken beauty.”
Geoff Brown, The Times (4 stars)


Nyman String Quartets 5 and 4 String Quartets
5 and 4

Michael Nyman

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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

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The Smith Quartet gratefully acknowledges the support of PRS for Music Foundation, Arts Council England and the RVW Trust.