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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.

 
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SMITH QUARTET ARE THE NEW ENSEMBLE IN RESIDENCE AT TRINITY LABAN
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
More information: www.TrinityLaban.ac.uk

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 will be available to buy from 23.02.2018.

Nyman Quartets Smith Quartet
More information: www.michaelnyman.com


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
More information: ShobanaJeyasingh.co.uk

MATERIAL MEN redux – 2017
“Shobana Jeyasingh weaves the shared history and personal stories of virtuoso dancers Sooraj Subramaniam and Shailesh Bahoran into powerful dance and potent imagery. The styles of these two dazzling performers of the Indian diaspora could not be more different – classical Indian dance and hip hop – but the men share a history rooted in the dark realities of colonial migration and plantation labour. Material Men redux is a dynamic and moving exploration of the violence of loss and the creation of new ways of belonging.”
Press release

“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 quartet also appeared 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 as part of the Ravenna Festival programme.

Smith Quartet at Ravenna Festival
More information: RavennaFestival.org


IAN HUMPHRIES – VIOLIN
RICK KOSTER – VIOLIN
NIC PENDLEBURY – VIOLA
DEIRDRE COOPER – CELLO

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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.