Earlier this week the Carducci Quartet were delighted to be awarded the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award 2016 for Chamber Music & Song, in recognition of the group’s Shostakovich 15 project; performing all 15 of Shostakovich’s quartets in complete cycles around the world.

The Carducci are the Quartet in Residence and Head of Strings at Dean Close School. Musicians at Dean Close are incredibly fortunate to be supported by the Carducci Quartet who are passionate about educating the next generation string musicians; Matthew & Emma Denton and Eoin Schmidt-Martin & Michelle Fleming are internationally renowned, performing concerts around the world each year. They were winners of the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York, the Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition and can now add the Royal Philharmonic Society Award 2016 for Chamber Music & Song to their list of accolades.

Michelle, violinist in the quartet, said “We are thrilled and hugely honoured to receive the award. It was in recognition of our epic Shostakovich 15 project, where we performed all 15 of Shostakovich’s quartets in complete cycles all around the globe. Highlights include the cycles at Cheltenham Music Festival, Washington DC, Colombia and at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, where we performed all 15 quartets in one day! It was a hugely demanding and rewarding project and we are very humbled to have received such acclaim and this most prestigious award.”