Formed in September 2012 at the Royal Academy of Music, the prize-winning Halcyon Quartet has quickly established itself as a passionate, engaging and dedicated ensemble. Currently under the tutelage of Jon Thorne, they are in their fourth year on the Academy’s prestigious Davey Posnanski Quartet Scheme. In addition to this they have worked with a number of distinguished musicians and groups including Sylvia Rosenberg, Levon Chilingirian, György Pauk, Richard Ireland and the Doric, Heath, Escher, Skampa, Chilingirian and Wihan Quartets.
The past year has seen the Halcyons take part in many high profile performances, including a concert at the Dartington International Music Festival, Schumann’s Piano Quintet for the Royal Academy of Music’s Leipzig Series and a recital at the British Museum. They were also awarded the Sir Arthur Bliss and Harold Craxton Prizes.
Previous engagements have included performing at the Halesworth Arts Festival, being a Resident Teaching Quartet at Dartington International Music Festival and performances at Regent Hall, The Castle Wellingborough, and at the Royal Academy of Music. The quartet also represented the Academy at the Richard Carne Intercollegiate String Quartet Competition in 2015.
In July 2015, the Halcyons made their debut on BBC Radio 3 performing as part of the BBC Proms Composer’s Portrait featuring Hugh Wood and, more recently, at Wigmore Hall, as part of the “For Crying Out Loud’ Series. Future engagements include collaborating with Royal Academy students to perform Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes for the Academy’s Russian Series and working with pianist Thomas Ang for performances of the Korngold Piano Quintet.