News from the Solem Quartet: 

Drumroll please … we are really happy to announce that Stephen Upshaw has joined the quartet as our new violist!

Some of you have already met and heard Stephen, but for those that haven’t – you can find out lots more about him here. Stephen is a brilliant musician who we have loved working with in the last couple of months, and who performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician around the UK, Europe and North America. Alongside a love of chamber music, Stephen has a particular interest in contemporary music, being a member of Riot Ensemble (whose recent disc “Speak Be Silent” was selected as one of The New Yorker Magazine’s best of 2019). Keep your eyes peeled for some sparkly new photos of the four of us coming soon!

With welcoming Stephen, we of course have to say goodbye to Ali (our beloved violist of 9 years!) who is now focusing on a career newly balanced towards performing, arranging and teaching in Manchester. As a founding member of the quartet we are all indebted to Ali and will miss him – but we look forward to seeing his future career flourish!

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The Solem Quartet is collaborating with Picturehouse Cinemas to screen Yorgos Lanthimos’s film ‘The Lobster’ with live music, as part of the Solem Lates series.

The Quartet has produced an arrangement of the film’s quirky soundtrack for string quartet and piano, which they will be performing live at eight screenings across different Picturehouse cinemas during November and December.

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Having been Ensemble in Residence at the University of Liverpool’s Department of Music for the last three years, the Solem Quartet has been invited to extend its highly successful residency for a further three years.

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The Solem Quartet will be performing live on BBC Radio Scotland on Sunday 22nd September, just before they begin their week-long tour of the country.

They will perform five concerts over the course of the week, including a lunchtime recital as part of the Glasgow Cathedral Festival on Friday 27th September.

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The Solem Quartet looks forward to visiting Yorkshire on the 4th July to give a concert at the Harrogate International Festival.

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In the first of a new series, Solem Lates, the Solem Quartet presents ‘batózeyal’: a night of music for string quartet and electronics.

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The Solem Quartet is committed to taking its music to as wide an audience as possible, and especially to young people. Each member of the group is an experienced teacher and as a quartet they have performed and collaborated with young people in many contexts through their regular university visits, workshops and classes with primary and secondary schools and work with the charity ‘Live Music Now’ which provides support to people with special needs.

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February 2019 saw the release of a CD on the Nimbus label of music by Richard Blackford, prominently featuring the Solem Quartet. The first work on the disc, Seven Hokusai Miniatures, was written for the quartet in 2018 and is offered among their current programme proposals.

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Those who were lucky enough to hear the fabulous Solem Quartet perform at Wigmore Hall last July will remember their sizzling account of Bartók’s Quartet no. 4. Nothing can replace being in the concert hall as a member of the audience, but this video of the fifth movement immediately demonstrates why this award-winning, vibrant string quartet has developed such a strong following. We are also delighted to be able to bring you their recording of the Allegro molto from Beethoven String Quartet in C major, op. 59, no. 3, Razumovsky. More…