The University of St Andrews, in Scotland, has today announced the appointment of the British-based Fitzwilliam String Quartet as its new Quartet-in-Residence.
As part of the ensemble’s new faculty position, they will coach undergraduate students plus mentor advanced players looking to enter postgraduate study or the music profession.
"Since the Fitzwilliam String Quartet first visited St Andrews in 2010, they have made an enormous impact on musical life in the university and the town …” University Director of Music Michael Downes has said.
“As one of the few leading British quartets to perform regularly on both modern and period instruments, their incredibly versatile musicianship has been displayed in projects as diverse as productions of Baroque opera, CD recordings with St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, and premiering contemporary works with principals from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra,’ he has said.
"It is a huge privilege to be appointed as the quartet-in-residence … the group is excited to be associated with this exceptional university, and will be delighted to contribute to its already burgeoning musical scene,’ the ensemble has said.