In a new project begining in 2019, the Conservatoire has appointed four Associate Ensembles at the start of promising careers. They will receive coaching from Oliver Wille and others, perform in the Conservatoire's Festivals and help students with their development as chamber musicians.
The ensembles are:
The Fitzroy Quartet
The Fitzroy Quartet was formed at the Royal Academy of Music in 2014 by four award winning musicians from the UK, Italy and Slovenia. The quartet have been 'Associate Ensemble' at RBC since September 2017, and were also selected as artists for the Belcea Quartet Charitable Trust. The group have received masterclasses from many of the worlds leading chamber musicians.
The Jubilee Quartet
Originally formed in 2006 with students of the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Jubilee Quartet now exists as a collection of four musicians from across the globe. Although the group is based in London, each member brings their unique sense of cultural identity and the group thrives on musical inspiration from Czech Republic, Canada, Spain and England.
The Gildas Quartet
The Gildas Quartet have performed at major venues including the Bridgewater Hall, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall and on BBC Radio 3. Their bold and explorative approach has been recognised by the International Franz Schubert and Modern Music Competition, Graz, where they were first prize winners of the Audience Engagement Award in 2018.
The Opal Piano Trio
The prize-winning Trio Opal was founded in 2017 during each member's study at the Royal Academy of Music, where they received coaching from world-renowned professor's; violinist György Pauk, cellist Christoph Richter and pianist Michael Dussek. They also received further coaching through the King's Place Chamber Studio with Alasdair Beatson and Christoph Richter.
Ensembles in Residence
Atea Wind Quintet
The Atea Wind Quintet provide an inspiring presence for the Woodwind department working closely with students during their six visits. Their members are among the finest woodwind players in the UK.
Castalian String Quartet
The Castalian String Quartet's residency runs from September 2019. They are widely considered to be one of the most exciting young quartets around, with a fast-growing international reputation.