London Haydn Quartet
One of the world’s leading period instrument string quartets, The London Haydn Quartet was born out of a passion for Haydn. Founded in 2000 the quartet has received invitations to many of the most important concert series in UK, USA, Canada, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, and Japan.
The quartet has given many recitals at venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Yamaha and Asahi Halls in Tokyo, the Sydney Opera House and at festivals including Cheltenham, Utrecht, Esterhaza, Bath Mozartfest, Lyon, and Granada.
In collaboration with period clarinettist Eric Hoeprich with whom they also recorded the Brahms, Mozart, Weber and Krommer quintets and Crusell quartets on the Glossa label, they have appeared throughout Europe, USA, Canada, Singapore, and Japan.
Recent highlights have included concert tours in Australia, Canada, USA, Germany, Singapore, Japan and a series of five programmes of Haydn and Beethoven quartets at the Berlioz Festival in La Côte-Saint-André.
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L. van Beethoven – string quartet in B flat, op.18 no.6
F. Mendelssohn – string quartet in E flat, op.12
F. J. Haydn – string quartet in G major, op. 77 no. 1
The London Haydn Quartet’s series of recordings of the complete Haydn quartets on the Hyperion label (the op 9, op 17, op 20, op 33, op 50, op 54/55 and op 64, op 71/74 and op 76 quartets to date) has met with international critical acclaim.
Recording update: The final volume of the Haydn set (op 77 nos 1 and 2, op 42 and the Seven Last Words of Christ) will be released in April 2023. Following the completion of this 16-year Haydn project, the first volume of Beethoven Quartets will be recorded in the Autumn of 2023.
London Haydn Quartet – Recordings
Catherine Manson enjoys a versatile performing career specializing in period performance as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. She was appointed as leader of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in 2006. As first violinist of the classical London Haydn Quartet she has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and London’s Wigmore Hall. The quartet’s series of recordings of the Haydn quartets on the Hyperion label has met with high critical acclaim internationally.
In a duo partnership with Ton Koopman she has recorded the six obbligato sonatas by Bach, Haydn’s concerto for violin and organ and the complete chamber music by Buxtehude. They have given many concerts together throughout Europe.
Dutch violinist and violist Michael Gurevich enjoys a varied performing career. Michael is devoted to chamber music, not only as member of the London Haydn Quartet which he joined in 2008, but also as a guest with the Nash Ensemble and many other groups. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Royal Concertgebouw, the Louvre, Melbourne Recital Centre and at festivals including Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Aix-en-Provence and Verbier. His recording of Schumann’s piano trios with the Rhodes Piano Trio is on Champs Hill Records and he has appeared on all the London Haydn Quartet recordings from the op 20 set.
Alongside this Michael is frequently invited as a guest leader or principal by various ensembles including Arcangelo, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The King’s Consort, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
John Crockatt was born and brought up in Norfolk. John’s interests extend into many areas of music. As a player he performs on both the violin and viola specialising in the music of the baroque and classical eras. He has performed as principal viola with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, principal violin with Solomon’s Knot and played and recorded with groups including the English Baroque Soloists, the Gabrieli Players and the Early Opera Company.
In 2015 he performed as principal violinist in the Globe Theatre’s new play starring Mark Rylance and Iestyn Davies, Farinelli and the King.
Projects in 2016 include concerts and recordings with Arcangelo, performances in China with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra as well as recitals with harpsichordist Tom Foster in the UK and Spain.
Cellist and viol player Jonathan Manson was born in Edinburgh and received his formative training at the International Cello Centre in Scotland under the direction of Jane Cowan, later going on to study with Steven Doane and Christel Thielmann at the Eastman School of Music in New York. A growing fascination for early music led him to Holland, where he studied viola da gamba with Wieland Kuijken. For ten years he was the principal cellist of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, with whom he performed and recorded more than 150 Bach cantatas and, together with Yo-Yo Ma, Vivaldi’s Concerto for two cellos. As a concerto soloist he has recently appeared at the Wigmore Hall, the Carnegie Hall and the South Bank Centre.
Jonathan is an active chamber musician, performing repertoire from the Renaissance to the Romantic, and a long-standing partnership with the harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock has led to critically acclaimed recordings of the Bach gamba sonatas and, together with Rachel Podger, Rameau’s Pièces de clavecin en concert. In recent years they have joined forces with the flautist Emmanuel Pahud and violinist Matthew Truscott, leading to two recordings of Bach and successful tours of Europe, the USA and the Far East. Jonathan is also co-principal of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a founder member of the renowned viol consort Phantasm. Jonathan lives in Oxfordshire and is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music.
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