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The Eusebius Quartet is fast gaining a reputation for imaginative and communicative performances

The members of the quartet have played together in different formations for many years, having met as teenagers studying together and then again later at IMS Prussia Cove. After completing studies in London, New York, Helsinki, Paris and the Netherlands they have been very excited to reunite as a quartet, sharing their passion for the extraordinary music written for this formation.

The Programme

Joseph Haydn – String Quartet Op.64 No.3

Robert Schumann – String Quartet Op.41 No.2 in F major

Interval

Erich Wolfgang Korngold – String Quartet No.2 Op.26

Finalists of the 2018 Royal Overseas League Competition, the quartet regularly performs throughout the UK and abroad – including Kings Place, Conway Hall, St James’ Piccadilly and School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe – as well as frequently playing on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

The quartet enjoys experimenting with different styles of playing, studying early Haydn editions as well as string quartet recordings made in the twenties and thirties and feel extremely lucky to have this opportunity to spend their lives exploring the intricacy and importance of fine quartet-playing today.

They have been Quartet in Residence at the Lewes Chamber Music Festival, Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and at FitzFest, Fitzrovia’s newest music festival.  Upcoming engagements for this season include performances at Kings Place London, in Lucera, Italy and a residency at the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme at Snape Maltings in the Spring.

Meet the Eusebius Quartet

Beatrice Philips enjoys a busy and diverse freelance life as a much sought-after chamber musician, soloist, orchestral leader and teacher. She is first violinist of the Eusebius Quartet and has appeared in numerous leading chamber music festivals.

Beatrice herself, founded and directs the Lewes Chamber Music Festival which, now in its sixth year, is a significant annual musical event attracting many world-renowned performers. Beatrice also enjoys historical performance on period instruments, with which she has played much chamber music, leading groups such as Arcangelo, directed by Jonny Cohen and performing with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra directed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

Venetia Jollands recently completed her Masters in Performance with distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied with David Takeno and was generously supported by the Guildhall School Trust and the Albert and Eugenie Frost Trust. She previously studied with Krysia Osostowicz, receiving First Class Honours, the Concert Recital Diploma and the Donald Weekes Memorial Prize from her studies at the Guildhall School.

Since graduating, Venetia has performed in a variety of settings from concert halls to recording studios. She plays regularly with the 12 Ensemble with whom she has appeared at Kings Place and the Barbican as well as on tour in South Korea and at their Aldeburgh residency. As a member of the Eusebius Quartet, she has performed on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ as well as at festivals and concert halls throughout the UK. She is concertmaster of the Janus Ensemble and plays with other orchestras such as Sinfonia Cymru and the London Chamber Orchestra. Venetia also enjoys exploring different genres of music, having performed and recorded for funk/soul singer Nikka Costa during her UK tour and for London-based pop band We Used to Make Things. She was also fortunate to perform at London Fashion Week in February for the Le Kilt show.

Hannah Shaw comes originally from South Carolina, USA, and enjoys a career spanning a wide variety of musical styles. As a chamber musician, Hannah has performed throughout Europe and the US as a member of The Hague String Variations and Trio De Kooning, as well as with such musicians as Liza Ferschtman, Dimitri Ferschtman, Atar Arad, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Gordan Nikolic, and Michel Strauss, among others.

Through her interest in contemporary music, Hannah performs regularly with the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble; has collaborated with such notable composers and conductors as Reinbert de Leeuw, Kaija Saariaho, Peter Eötvös, Huang Ruo, Heinz Holliger, Eliott Carter, Louis Andriessen, Sofia Gubaidulina, and James MacMillan; has had works written for her by Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, Victoria Cheah, and Timo Andres; and has appeared in the Acht Brücken Festival, Saariaho Festival Den Haag, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Holland Festival, Juilliard’s Focus! Festival, and MoMA’s Summergarden series.

Cellist Hannah Sloane enjoys an eclectic career which oscillates between chamber music, orchestral work, solo playing and teaching. As the cellist of the Eusebius Quartet, Hannah has performed extensively in the UK. Most recently the quartet was in residence at the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and FitzFest, and have appeared at venues such as St James’s Piccadilly, Foundling Museum and Blackheath Halls as well as live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

Hannah has worked as guest principal cello with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Spira Mirabilis and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. She also plays regularly with the London Chamber Orchestra and the MultiStory Orchestra. Hannah graduated from The Juilliard School in New York in 2013. In 2012, she was the recipient of a French American Exchange Grant from the Carla Bruni Sarkozy Foundation, which took her to study at the Paris Conservatoire.

Hannah teaches the cello at Alleyn’s School and Junior Royal Academy of Music. She is very grateful to play a Piattellini cello, which is kindly on loan to her from the Stark family.

The Eusebius Quartet takes its name from one of the two fictional characters invented by Robert Schumann for his musical journal writings. These characters became symbolic of Schumann’s opposing moods: the fiery and impassioned Florestan contrasted the more introverted and dreamy Eusebius.

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