The Alke Quartet was formed in 2011 from members of the Southbank Sinfonia and during 2015/17, the Alke Quartet were in residence at the Royal College of Music on the Chamber Music Course, kindly supported by a legacy from the late Albert and Eugenie Frost. Following their highly successful Park Lane Group (PLG) audition in Spring 2015, the Alke Quartet has given the PLG’s annual performance of Haydn’s The Seven Last words from The Cross at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, performed with great success in the PLG Young Artists Spring Series in St John’s Smith Square last April and made their Wigmore Hall debut presented by the PLG in March 2017. Part of the ChamberStudio, Kings Place London, the Alke Quartet have received masterclasses from Rita Wagner, Krysia Osostowicz, Simon Rowland-Jones and Richard Ireland. Finalists in the Bloch Music Competition and St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, they were accepted for the International Music Seminar Prussia Cove, working closely with the Endellion Quartet’s David Waterman. In January 2017 they participated in the Winter Residency Programme at Banff, Canada. Their performance venues include St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square, St James’s Piccadilly, Bath’s Pump Room and the Barbican Centre.
“The Alke’s assured account of Brett Dean’s first quartet, Eclipse (2003), an aural exploration of shadows and swirling, oscillating bright light, suggests they could tackle any work in the quartet repertoire. They excelled, too, in György Kurtág’s 12 Microludes, tiny, shimmering musical haikus.”
“…..astonishing stylistic and tonal unanimity of the Alke Quartet.”