About

Ligeti Quartet - Photo by Mike Massaro Watch

  • Mandhira de Saram (violin 1)
  • Patrick Dawkins (violin 2)
  • Richard Jones (viola)
  • Val Welbanks (cello)

The ​Ligeti ​Quartet ​have ​been ​at ​the ​forefront ​of ​modern ​and ​contemporary ​music since ​their ​formation ​in ​2010. ​They ​have ​established ​a ​reputation ​as ​one ​of ​the ​UK’s leading ​ensembles, ​breaking ​new ​ground ​through ​innovative ​programming ​and championing ​of ​today’s ​most ​exciting ​composers ​and ​artists.

Having ​played ​at ​landmark ​venues ​around ​the ​world ​including ​Carnegie ​Hall, ​Curtis Institute, ​Wigmore ​Hall, ​Purcell ​Room, ​Barbican ​Hall, ​and ​Kings ​Place, ​they ​also regularly ​escape ​the ​stage ​to ​appear ​at ​museums, ​galleries, ​theatres, ​pubs, ​an IMAX ​Theatre, ​a ​fishing ​boat, ​and ​on ​iceberg ​sculptures ​as ​part ​of ​a ​Greenpeace campaign. ​In ​October ​2017 ​they ​were ​Fellows ​of ​the ​inaugural ​Barnes ​Ensemble Festival ​in ​Philadelphia.

They ​have ​commissioned ​many ​new ​works ​and ​have ​collaborated ​with ​artists ​from all ​types ​of ​musical ​backgrounds ​including ​Anna ​Meredith, ​Stef Conner, Elliot ​Galvin, ​Kerry Andrew ​(Juice ​Vocal ​Ensemble), ​Laura ​Jurd, ​Meilyr ​Jones, ​Neil ​Hannon (The ​Divine ​Comedy), ​Seb ​Rochford ​(Polar ​Bear), ​Shabaka ​Hutchings ​(Sons ​of Kemet), ​Shed ​7 ​and ​Submotion ​Orchestra. ​They ​are ​currently working ​on ​a ​long-term ​project ​with ​Ernst ​von ​Siemens ​prize-winning ​composer Christian ​Mason ​to ​create ​a ​series ​of ​‘Songbooks’ ​for ​string ​quartet, ​based ​on overtone ​singing ​traditions ​from ​around ​the ​world.

The ​Quartet ​are ​passionate ​about ​supporting ​emerging ​composers ​and ​taking ​new music ​to ​diverse ​audiences. ​As ​Ensemble ​in ​Residence ​at ​the ​Universities ​of ​both Sheffield ​and ​Cambridge, ​they ​regularly ​lead ​composition ​workshops, ​and undertake ​education ​and ​community ​outreach ​work. ​They ​took ​part ​in ​the Cheltenham ​Festival ​Composers ​Academy ​2017, ​and ​are ​City ​Music ​Foundation Artists ​2016-18.