Calidore String Quartet
BBC Radio 3

The Calidore String Quartet have been selected as one of six musicians from around the world to join the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists from 2016-2018. The quartet joins the Amatis Piano Trio, cellist Andrei Ionita, bass-baritone Ashley Riches, violist Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad and soprano Fatma Said.

BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists was founded in 1999 with the aim of nurturing and promoting some of the world’s best young musicians at the start of their international careers. The NGAs are offered opportunities to work with the BBC orchestras, perform in Radio 3’s prestigious Monday Lunchtime Concert series from Wigmore Hall as well as from festivals around the UK, commission new work, and make studio recordings.

Through supporting the brightest musicians in reaching the next stage of their careers, New Generation Artists showcases new talent to listeners across the UK via a series of BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, fronted by BBC Young Musician presenter Clemency Burton-Hill. Over the past 18 years the scheme has supported internationally recognized artists as diverse as Benjamin Grosvenor, Alison Balsom, the Belcea Quartet, Christine Rice and Gwilym Simcock.

The Calidore String Quartet have received international acclaim for their informed, polished, and passionate performances and have established themselves as one of the leading chamber ensembles of their generation, winning the 2016 inaugural M-Prize Chamber Music Competition, the largest prize for chamber music in the world. The first North American ensemble to win a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, they have recently begun a three-year residency with the prestigious CMS Two at Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. The Calidore String Quartet regularly perform throughout North America, Europe and Asia and have debuted in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall and Lincoln Center and festivals including Verbier, Rheingau, East Neuk and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Emma Bloxham, Editor, BBC Radio 3, said: “BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme offers an unrivaled platform to some of the world’s most talented young musicians at the start of their international careers. We’re hugely proud of our distinguished list of alumni, and very excited about working with the class of 2016 to develop their skills and broaden their experience. Radio 3 listeners are in for a treat!”

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