Benyounes String Quartet
Zara Benyounes – violin
Emily Holland – violin
Sara Roberts – viola
Kim Vaughan – cello
Winners of the 2012 1st International Sandor Vegh String Quartet Competition in Budapest and 2nd prize winners at the 2014 Orlando International String Quartet Competition, the Benyounes Quartet is gaining a reputation as one of the most engaging, dynamic and successful young quartets to have emerged from the UK in recent years.
Formed in 2007 at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Benyounes Quartet went on to win the Royal Philharmonic Society’s prestigious Julius Isserlis Scholarship, funding their studies with Professor Gabor Takacs–Nagy at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Geneve. Here they won the conservatoire’s most esteemed Prix d’Exellence.
The quartet held the Richard Carne Junior Fellowship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for two years and is currently resident at Bangor University. As Park Lane Group Young Artists, the quartet gave debut recitals at the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall.
Recent notable performances include concerts at Vienna Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall Coffee Concert Series, Aldeburgh Music Britten Centenary Weekend (broadcast live on BBC Radio 3), Queen Elizabeth Hall, Festival Quatuors a Bordeaux, Dartington, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bellerive Festival, North Norfolk Festival, Mondsee Festival and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. In 2010, they performed a new collaborative work by young British composer Charlotte Bray in Verbier Festival, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Aldeburgh Festival. In 2013 the quartet held a residency at St John’s Smith Square in which they collaborated with Scottish cellist Philip Higham and pianist Jeremy Young to perform the complete Britten quartets alongside other significant chamber works.
The quartet has studied with Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Eberhard Feltz, Andras Keller and Quatuor Ebene, and attended IMS Prussia Cove and the Britten-Pears International Academy of String Quartets.
The quartet continues to broaden its repertoire by initiating collaborative chamber music and cross-arts projects; in 2012 the quartet founded Quercus Ensemble, a mixed chamber music group based in Northern Ireland. The quartet works regularly with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and has collaborated with award winning jazz group ‘Empirical’, performing in the London Jazz Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and appearing on their album, ‘Tabula Rasa’.
They recently released their debut recording – Mozart Piano Concertos with pianist Jeremy Young on Meridian Records and are part of a collaborative recording of the complete works for string quartet by Mendelssohn, released by Champs Hill.