Maxwell Quartet

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: String

Location: Scotland


1st Prizewinner and Audience Prizewinner at the 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2017, and hailed as “brilliantly fresh, unexpected and exhilarating” by The Scottish Herald, the Maxwell Quartet is now firmly regarded as one of Britain's finest string quartets, with a strong commitment to bringing together wide-ranging projects and programmes to expand the string quartet repertoire. The Strad Magazine has described the quartet's performances as "superb storytelling by great communicators".

The Quartet formed in 2010 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where its founding members met as postgraduate students. In 2011 they were selected as the Royal Conservatoire's Young Artists in Residence. The quartet was also named as Residency Artists for Enterprise Music Scotland 2011-2013, which saw them giving several acclaimed concert tours over their two-year tenure. Performing widely across Scotland, the quartet has established a reputation for delighting audiences with their "unnaffected enthusiasm" (North Highland Times) and their "panache and conviction" (Strathearn Herald). The 2014/15 season saw the quartet giving an acclaimed series of the late Schubert Quartets at Perth Concert Hall in Scotland, in addition to a season-long residency at St Anne’s College, Oxford. In 2015/16 the Quartet curated their first Ballet project in association with London Studio Centre and the Royal Ballet School, and collaborated with many artists including cinematographer Herman Kolgen.