The Villiers Quartet
James Dickenson – violin
Tamaki Higashi – violin
Carmen Flores – viola
Nick Stringfellow – cello
The Villiers Quartet is winner of the First Prize of the 2015 Radcliffe Chamber Music Competition, and Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Oxford.
Hailed as one of the most charismatic and "adventurous" quartets of the British chamber music scene (The Strad), the Villiers Quartet have developed an international reputation as exceptional interpreters of English composers including Elgar, Britten and Delius. Formed in 2011, they have been declared "one of the best quartets around today" (Jerry Horner, Fine Arts Quartet), and their performances of Shostakovich and Tischenko have been hailed as "masterful playing." (Classical Source)
The Villiers Quartet have performed live on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Leamington Int'l String Quartet Series, and performed at numerous festivals and halls including the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival, the Brit Jazz Fest, the Barnes Music Festival, Kings Place, St. John's Smith Square, the Holywell Music Room and the British Music Society. The VQ has been invited to present masterclasses at Dartmouth College, Syracuse University, Sherborne School, Nottingham High School, and the University of Nottingham. Their internationally acclaimed VQ New Works Competition encourages audiences to interact with contemporary music performance online, and supports the creation of new works for string quartet.
Named after Villiers Street in London's colourful musical epicentre, the Villiers Quartet encompasses the grand and iconic spirit of the extraordinary music tradition in London. Their debut CD for Naxos, The Complete Quartets of Robert Still, was praised by Gramophone for their "sublimely articulate and concentrated readings," and received 5**** stars in Classical Music Magazine. They have been featured on the BBC Radio 3 programme In Tune, and they were the featured string quartet on the soundtrack to the acclaimed BBC TV drama, Lady Chatterley's Lover. Highlights of the 2016-17 season include return tours to the USA, recordings of the Elgar and Delius Quartets, and the first recording of the complete quartets by English composer Peter Racine Fricker.