Maxwell String Quartet from Scotland

  • March 30, 2020
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • $25 (adult) $10 (student)
  • Culpeper County High School
    14240 Achievement Drive
    Culpeper, VA 22701
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Maxwell String Quartet from Scotland

Colin Scobie, 1st violin George Smith, 2nd violin Elliot Perks, viola Duncan Strachan, cello

1st Prize winner and Audience Prize winner at the Trondheim (Norway) International Chamber Music Competition in 2017, the Maxwell Quartet has been hailed for "great communication" by The Strad Magazine and as “brilliantly fresh, unexpected and exhilarating“ by The Scottish Herald.  The Glasgow-based Maxwell Quartet is now firmly regarded as one of Britain's finest string quartets, with performances set apart by the tribute they pay to their Scottish folk music heritage.

The quartet performs regularly across the UK and abroad, at venues including Purcell Room, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and the BBC Chamber Music Proms.  Their 2017-18 season included engagements in Denmark, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, France and China.  Their first North American tour, in Winter 2019, is to coincide with the release of their début CD, featuring works by Haydn and traditional Scottish folk music.

The Maxwell Quartet consists of four great friends who grew up playing classical and folk music together in youth orchestras and music schools across Scotland.  The group officially began in 2010 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where its founding members met as postgraduate students.  The very next year, the Quartet was appointed as the Conservatoire's Young Artists in Residence.

Performing widely across Scotland, the quartet has established a reputation for delighting audiences with their "unaffected enthusiasm" (North Highland Times) and their "panache and conviction" (Strathearn Herald).  The quartet has held residencies at Oxford University, Perth Concert Hall and many chamber music festivals across the UK, including their own Loch Shiel Festival in the Scottish Highlands.

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