The Billroth Quartet formed in 2009 and have since performed at venues such as Cadogan Hall and St. Martin in the Fields as well as concert halls in Europe and as far away as China. With a varied portfolio they enjoy playing an eclectic range of music from classical to; jazz (supporting the Puppini Sisters) tango music (alongside Ensemble 360 at the Sheffield City Hall) and world music (performing and recording Ragas with singer, Akash Sottar).
They have a keen interest in contemporary music having premièred works at the Canterbury Sounds New Music Festival, St. George’s Bloomsbury and the Institute of Contemporary Arts. The Group is also committed to music education; working in schools around London and institutions such as the London Centre of Contemporary Music and Junior Academy / Pro Corda Young String Experience.
Members studied with a host of esteemed professors (including Michael Thomas, Rivka Golani, Yossi Zivoni, Vasco Vassilev, John Crawford, Alexander Boyarsky, Michael Bochmann and David Kenedy) at the Royal College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
The quartet have appeared on television as special guests on every episode of Dave Gorman’s show ‘Modern Life is Goodish’. They recently enjoyed 3 years as musicians in residence at Lauderdale House, Highgate, where they had own lunchtime concert series. Other performance engagements have included grand openings, music festivals, Olympic celebrations and private recitals at places such as the National Maritime Museum, and aboard the Cutty Sark and HMS Belfast to a variety of audiences such as the Malcolm Arnold Trust and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.
The group take their name from the violinist (and doctor) Theodor Billroth, who was a good friend of Brahms. Brahms dedicated his first string quartet (which was one of the first pieces the quartet played) to Billroth.
Aside from their regular concerts, other current projects include collaborating with the Malcolm Arnold Trust on more performances of Arnold’s string quartet repertoire as well as another tour to China later in the year.