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.