Castalian Quartet

Castalian Quartet
Sini Simonen, violin Daniel Roberts, violin Ruth Gibson, viola Christopher Graves, cello

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | 7:30pm

Herbst TheatreVenue InformationSan Francisco


About This Performance

Founded scarcely a decade ago, the Castalian Quartet has captured the attention of the music world for its “powerful individuality of sound” and performances “full of joy, sorrow and poetry” (The Scotsman). The Quartet was named the 2019 Young Artist of the Year by the Royal Philharmonic Society.



MENDELSSOHN: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80
LIGETI: String Quartet No. 1, “Métamorphoses nocturnes”
SIBELIUS: String Quartet in D minor, Op. 56, “Voces Intimae”

Artist Information

Performer Biography

The Castalian Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene.

The Castalian String Quartet was the recipient of the inaugural Merito String Quartet Award & Valentin Erben Prize and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award in 2018.

Over the past year, the Quartet has given its debut North American recitals at The Philips Collection (Washington D.C.), Lincoln Center (N.Y.), Middlebury College (Vermont), Salle Bourgie (Montreal), Vancouver Recital Series and Banff International String Quartet Festival.

Other 2018–19 highlights included a return to the Aldeburgh Festival, the complete Haydn Op.76 quartets at Wigmore Hall (recorded for future release on the Wigmore Live label) and recitals at Konzerthaus Vienna, Auditorium du Louvre (Paris), Flagey (Brussels) and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

They have performed widely throughout Europe, with highlights including the Hamburg Chamber Music Series, International Musikfest Goslar, Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, “Quartetaffairs” in Frankfurt (broadcast by NDR), the Queille Festival and Conques Lumière du Roman in France. UK appearances include the Bath, Cheltenham, East Neuk, North Norfolk, Peasmarsh and Winchester Festivals. They have also been the resident ensemble at the Esbjerg International Chamber Music Festival in Denmark and Festival Musique d’Été à Suzette, near Avignon. Further afield, they have undertaken tours of China and Colombia.

The Quartet has collaborated with with Aleksander Madzar, Alasdair Beatson, Simon Rowland-Jones, Daniel Lebhardt and Olivier Stankiewicz, among many others.

Formed in 2011, the Castalian String Quartet studied with Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet) at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media, graduating with a Masters degree. Awards include 1st Prize at the 2015 Lyon Chamber Music Competition and 3rd Prize at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition.

The Quartet was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2016 and have received further coaching from Simon Rowland-Jones, David Waterman and Isabel Charisius.

Artist Video

Castalian Quartet Performs Fauré String Quartet in E minor, Op. 121