- 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, Elliot Galvin, Kerry Andrew (Juice Vocal Ensemble, You Are Wolf), Laura Jurd, Meilyr Jones, Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy), Seb Rochford (Polar Bear), Shabaka Hutchings (Sons of Kemet, The Comet is Coming), 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.