Bartok’s Fourth Quartet was tough and gritty, full of rhythmic bite but always tonally focused. There was wonderful quicksilver playing in the Prestissimo second movement, featherlight but clear. The long meditative soliloquy that opens the Non troppo lento was beautifully played by cellist Valerie Welbanks. After the snappy pizzicato fourth movement, the finale flowed forwards in great paragraphs. Throughout, dynamics were superb, as was the dovetailing of parts. Tim Homfray, The Strad Magazine

Their recital on Friday at the Jacqueline du Pre Building offered a generous and varied programme and showed why they are rapidly making a name for themselves. […]The Quartet’s understanding and enjoyment of this music was palpable and their playing both confident and persuasive. Every piece came to life. Simon Collings, The Oxford Times

Slowly changing textures require concentration that never wavers. But with youth very much on its side, this group is cut out for such music. Only two year old – babies in string quartet terms – they are already an impressive force. Martin Dreyer, The York Press

The young Ligeti Quartet from London was certainly one of the festival highlights. Landeszeitung für die Lüneburger Heide

Award-winning Shabaka Hutchings was the persuasive clarinettist in [Morton Feldman’s Clarinet and String Quartet (1983)], supported by the awesome concentration of the Ligeti Quartet, recent graduates who are rapidly making their mark in music composed during the last century. Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post

The rather mesmerising Ligeti Quartet were up first, amazing four-headed chemistry, incisely sharp interplay, how do they do that? Sometimes delicately minimal, sometimes bursting with speed and energy, always mesmerising, never wreckless, four classical string players sat is a semi-circle in front of what is essentially a spell-bound rock audience and holding everyone’s attention in such a wonderfully engaging way, Avant-garde classical string players and an inspired mood-setting left-field choice and far more besides, they were brilliant actually, such intricate interaction, such warmth… it would be fair to say they rocked. Sean Worrall, The Organ

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