Formerly known as the Harpham Quartet, the Cavaleri Quartet were selected as Park Lane Group Young Artists for 2008 and continue to perform in major venues and festivals throughout the UK and abroad. Most recent performance highlights include appearances at the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room, Rachmaninov Hall, Moscow and the Cadogan Hall, as RCM ‘Rising Stars’ for 2008. They have recently been appointed as Leverhulme Junior Fellows in Chamber Music at the Royal College of Music for 2010/11 and have been awarded a scholarship to study with Guenter Pichler of the Alban Berg Quartet at the Instituto Internacional de Musica de Camara, Madrid. They were finalists in 2010 Royal Overseas League Competition.
Festival appearances include the Harrogate International Festival, Mostly Mozart at the Barbican, King’s Lynn, Stratford-on-Avon and Chichester Festivities. The Quartet enjoys an ongoing collaboration with the clarinettist Emma Johnson MBE after first appearing with her in the Honiton Festival, 2008. They are also the resident ensemble onboard the ‘Lady Rose’, moored in Kingston-upon-Thames, where it hosts regular chamber music evenings with friends and guest performers.
Notable performances of contemporary works include the chamber music of Mark Anthony Turnage for the 2008 BBC Proms ‘Composer Portraits’ series and the UK premiere of Sir John Tavener’s Towards Silence, in collaboration with the Medici Quartet, both of which were broadcast on BBC Radio 3. They returned to the Southbank in October 2009 for a performance of Maxwell Davies’ Quartet No. 4 for the festival celebrating ‘Max at 70’ at the Purcell Room. Their performance of Lachenmann’s Quartet Grido at the RCM ‘Transcendant’ Festival received critical acclaim.
The quartet’s training took place at the RCM where they were awarded the Helen Just and Susan Connell prize for chamber music. The quartet has received coaching from members of the Alban Berg, Brodsky, Chilingirian, Endellion, Maggini and Medici Quartets and performed in masterclasses with Gábor TakÃ¡cs-Nagy and members of the Amadeus, Arditti, Keller and Vermeer Quartets.