Vanbrugh Quartet

‌Winner of the 1988 London International String Quartet Competition and now in its twenty-fourth concert season, the Vanbrugh Quartet is one of Europe's most successful ensembles internationally recognised for its beauty of sound, clarity of texture and integrity of interpretation within an unusually wide and varied range of repertoire. Familiar visitors to all the main UK festivals the Vanbrugh Quartet also broadcasts frequently for BBC Radio 3 and performs regularly at London’s Wigmore Hall and South Bank.


The Quartet enjoys a thriving international career with past appearances including concerts in Berlin (Konzerthaus), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Hungary (Liszt Academy), Poland (Lancut Festival), Spain (Galicia Festival), Flanders Festival, Menuhin Festival, Gstaad plus numerous visits to Scandinavia where recordings were made of the complete Beethoven quartets. The quartet tours the USA on a regular basis with performances in Carnegie Hall, New York and The Kennedy Centre in Washington.

Based in Cork, the members of the Quartet are also Artists in Residence to University College, Cork, and founders of the internationally acclaimed West Cork Chamber Music Festival.  In April 2005 the Quartet hosted European Quartet Week as part of Cork’s tenure as European Capital of Culture.

2007 marked 21 years since the Vanbrugh Quartet took up its residency with RTÉ in 1986 and the occasion was marked in style. In the UK the Quartet continues its Music in the Round series, returning to the Conway and Wigmore Halls as well undertaking a nationwide tour.

2008 has brought further successful tours of Italy and the USA as well as visits to festivals in Estonia (David Oistrakh Festival) and Russia (Northern Flowers Festival).  

In January 2009 the Quartet took up a new post as lecturers in chamber music at DIT, Dublin, continuing their work developing chamber music in Ireland.

Hyperion have released the second of two Vanbrugh Quartet CDs of chamber music by Charles Villiers Stanford. This was featured as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine in February 2006. The Quartet’s recording of three of Boccherini’s cello quintets on Hyperion was also featured as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine.

Other recent CDs include Metronome’s second CD devoted to the music of Piers Hellawell, a Black Box release of Ian Wilson's three quartets and a recording for Hyperion of works for quartet and soprano by John Tavener. These recordings join a discography of twenty-one releases which includes the complete Beethoven Quartets and works by Haydn, Schubert, Dvorak, Janacek, Dohnanyi, E.J. Moeran, Robert Simpson, John Tavener, John McCabe, John Kinsella, Raymond Deane and Brian Boydell.

'this committed ensemble feels more galvanised and exciting than ever' - The Strad

Click here to hear the Vanbrugh Quartet perform with guests at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in 2011.