Jonathan Wentworth Associates
Jonathan Wentworth Associates

  Carducci String Quartet



    “truly extraordinary stamina in a musical marathon”
    “astonishing intensity”
    “once in a lifetime event”
    The Guardian [full review PDF]

    "a performance of supreme clarity, focus and precision."
    Gramophone Magazine

    "…playing of constant variety, a masterclass in unanimity of musical purpose."
    The Strad

    "...the Carducci players displayed a deep and almost familial sense of unity in everything they played… full of life and vitality...extravagantly beautiful...'
    The Washington Post

    "haunting, then breezy, catchy, exhilarating" [CD Review] 4-Stars
    Financial Times, London [full review PDF]

    "They mesmerised the audience with their performance of the second of Beethoven’s "Razumovsky" quartets, so much so that they were forced to sit down and perform an encore" full review link]

    "A major highlight of the Carducci Quartet's Shostakovich 15 is the almost unheard of physical and mental challenge of all fifteen quartets in one day, which we believe to be the first time such a musical marathon will have taken place in the UK."
    Wall Street Journal  [link]

    "the rewards last weekend were more than ample, this year's Cheltenham Music Festival pre-launching itself in style with a brave traverse through all 15 of Shostakovich's string quartets played with engaging enthusiasm, emotional commitment, and awesome physical stamina by the charming and immensely gifted Carducci Quartet."
    Birmingham Post

    "...technical rigour, penetrative musical insight and lively yet unified individualism...winning in every sense of the word..."
    The Irish Times

    "...high-octane playing balanced control with devil-may-care spontaneity..."
    The Guardian

    "...the Carducci String Quartet were stunning...they are clearly musicians of high intelligence..."
    The Times

    "...The Carducci Quartet played a blinder at the Wigmore Hall...playing of vivacity and constant rhythmic subtlety..."
    The Strad

    "...their ascent into the league of the world's major quartets has been phenomenal..."
    The Yorkshire Post

    Colombian Shostakovich cycle

    DSC_0316We had a fanstastic trip to Colombia in August, where we performed the first ever Colombian Shostakovich cycle! There were performances in the Teatro Mayor and the Luis Angel Arango Library (pictured) in Bogota and we travelled to Neiva, where we performed the complete cycle and had the opportunity to work with wonderful young Colombian music students (some pictures of the masterclasses here).