Tuesday 17 August 2021
Bridget O’Donnell (Australia) – Violin I
David López Ibáñez (Spain) – Violin II
Julia Doukakis (Greece/Australia) – Viola
Ben Michaels (UK) – Cello
The Hill Quartet are an innovative, multi-national chamber ensemble based in London. With strong roots in the classical world, they hold a deep interest in expanding the string quartet repertoire by curating, commissioning and performing cross-genre art forms and contemporary music.
Currently the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Fellows, the upcoming 2021/22 season will see them appearing at the West Cork, North York Moors and Rye Arts chamber festivals as well as taking up a residency at the Snape Maltings (Britten-Pears Young Artists Program). Outside of the concert hall, they will bring a mix of old and new music to the Fidelio Orchestra Cafe and Omnibus Theatre.
Previous season highlights include the Marylebone, Barnes and Petworth Chamber Music Festivals and recitals at St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’s Piccadilly Church and Hatfield House. Their recent concert at the outdoor Bandstand Chamber Festival was praised in a five star review from The Arts Desk as a “fluid and refined interpretation” of Ravel’s quartet.
With their frequent collaborator, mezzo-soprano Lotte-Betts Dean, the Hill Quartet recently made their debut live appearance on BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’ program performing new music by Connor D’Netto. The quartet’s latest commission ‘Winter Blues’ by jazz-bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado was recently premiered at Conway Hall.
They are mentored by John Myerscough, cellist of the Doric String Quartet, and have been awarded the Sir John Barbirolli, Dorothy & Marjorie White and Alexander Kelly prizes by the RAM in recognition of their chamber achievements.