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Armida Quartet commission by Brett Dean, Madame ma bonne sœur, wins Ivor Novello Award 2022

It was high on the Armida Quartet’s ‘wish list’ to find a new work from Brett Dean which resulted in his cycle for mezzo and string quartet, Madame ma bonne soeur (2021).  With libretto by Matthew Jocelyn the piece was co-commissioned by the Mecklenberg Vorpommern Festival and Oxford Lieder Festival in 2021. On 15th November 2022 at the...


Hannes Minnaar's Goldberg Variations wins a 2022 Edison Klassiek award

The jury's notes suggested: "Minnaar lets the music speak for itself and does not force anything, but he still makes embellishments here and there in an interesting way. Everything sounds intelligent, light and flowing and makes perfect sense. As a 'luxury item' you can also hear


Mark Simpson joins EJ-Arts

EJ-Arts is delighted to welcome Mark Simpson, clarinettist and composer, to the roster.  He is unquestionably one of Britain's most exciting artists. During this season Mark performs chamber music with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Jean-Guihen Queryas, he continues to perform Thomas Adès’s clarinet quintet Alchymia, as its dedicatee in collaboration with the Quatuor Diotima, Theater Erfurt will stage his first...


Van Baerle Trio are Paris bound

The Van Baerle Trio are headed to Paris for 11th June.  They perform at the Théâtre de la Ville, bringing with them some of the highlights of the German and French classical and romantic repertoire; Mozart, Brahms and Chausson.


A sextet heads to Queen's Hall, Edinburgh!

The Armida Quartet joined by friends, viola player Pauline Sachse, and cellist Eckart Runge head to the Queen's Hall to play a programme of sextets for the New Town Concerts on Monday 28th March. The programme will delight with Mendelssohn's Capriccio and Brahms Bflat major Quartet Op. 67. The quartet are then joined by their great colleagues for...


Armida Quartet 5* reviews for 4th CD of their Mozart cycle

The 4th release of the Armida Quartet's complete Mozart recording cycle has won high praise in both March 2022 editions of Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine. The latter reviews the disc as "sparkling", "especially beguiling", "most exquisite of all" whilst Gramophone suggests, "The Armida are road-testing the new Urtext edition of these works, and accordingly they are painstakingly faithful...


Maria Milstein glorious in Artist Residency

As 2021/22 Artist in Residence for Netherlands Radio's concert series at the Tivoli Vredenberg, Utrecht, audiences have so far enjoyed the Milstein Duo (in recital with her duo partner and sister, Nathalia Milstein) and most recently a sensational rendition of Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 under the baton of Otto Tausk with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. The programme was...


Armida Quartet impress as Artistic Directors

The Mecklenberg Vorpommern, Rügen Festival in October 2021 saw the Armida Quartet sweep their audiences off their feet as they performed 15 programmes they had programmed as guest artistic directors of the festival. Highlights included the German premiere of Brett Dean's ravishing quintet for the Armida Quartet and Mezzo, "Madame Ma Bonne Sœur", featuring Lotte Betts-Dean alongside performances with...