Past events

September 2020

Modern Monday

In their first concert since March, the Ligeti Quartet perform modern classics for string quartet, including Axel Borup-Jørgensen's Microorganisms miniatures.

Their trip has been generously supported by Snyk, the Danish organization supporting new and experimental music and sound art.

March 2020

Composition Workshop - Undergraduate Works

A workshop with undergraduate composition students at Leeds College of Music.


  • Shaun Rafferty
  • Sean Bailey
  • Sam Longbottom
  • Eranan Thirumagan
  • Frankie Clarke
  • James Gerrard
  • Ruben Maric
  • Holly Chapman
  • Wil Edwards
  • Tanguy Pocquet
March 2020

Composition Workshop - Open Call

Ligeti Quartet will be in residence with Sounds Like This Festival on Friday 13 March 2020 to workshop compositions for string quartet. Selected works will be played through followed by discussion. We are accepting submissions of full pieces, movements or excerpts of up to six minutes in duration which are scored for string quartet. You may submit works which include tape parts or electronics, but please bear in mind practical considerations for setting up and rehearsing the work.

March 2020
March 2020

Xenia Pestova-Bennett: Atomic Legacies

An unveiling of pianist / composer Xenia Pestova Bennett’s exquisite limited-edition vinyl Atomic Legacies for Piano and String Quartet.

Described by Tempo (UK) as “a powerhouse of contemporary keyboard repertoire,” pianist and improviser Xenia Pestova Bennett launches her new album Atomic Legacies with a unique performance, combining the scintillating sonorities of extended piano technique with the virtuosity of the London-based Ligeti Quartet.

January 2020

Walls Come Tumbling Down

Trinity Laban CoLab Ensemble and special guests revisit the rebellious undercurrents of early ‘80s London and the ‘systems music’ scene, where classical minimalism met post-punk sensibility. Reinterpreting the sounds of Lost Jockey, Soft Jockey, Louis Andriessen and early works of Michael Nyman, Mercury-nominated instrumentalist Laura Jurd (Dinosaur) leads the evening, layering and deconstructing through improvisation and composition.

December 2019

Concert in Bristol

The Ligeti Quartet perform two pieces written for them in 2019. Firstly a brand new commission by Robin Haigh, his String Quartet which includes a tribute to scat singer Shooby Taylor, recorders (as always), an imitation of singing Samoyed dogs, and "technical death metal through a folk fiddle idiom". And then Tom Green's Solstice Songs, a reimagining of traditional festive tunes.

October 2019

Lunchtime Concert - Screen Scores

Following their success at Open Circuit in March, the London-based Ligeti Quartet return with a programme that features realizations of video- and digital game-based musical scores including University of Liverpool Lecturer in Composition, Music for Digital Games Paul Turowski’s SQ2 (revised version), Maldonado Alvarez’s Traceurs, Takuto Fukada’s Super Colliders, and Johanna Ruotsalainen’s Hysteria.

July 2019

Raymond Warren at 90

A lunchtime concert in the presence of Raymond Warren followed by a drinks reception.


Warren: String Quartet No.2
Warren: A Star Danced for solo Cello and Chamber Orchestra.

Performed by the Ligeti Quartet & students from St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, Bristol

The Great Exhibition Road Festival 2019

Gustav Holst’s The Planets rocked the classical world a century ago. Shaped by an astrological understanding of our solar system, the seven-piece composition became a mainstream classic. However, since its first performance in 1918, planetary science has made huge strides, visiting our solar system neighbours through probes, rovers and orbiters, and revealing much about each planet’s true character.
June 2019

Daylight Music: Magnetic String Resonance

Pianist, composer and improviser Xenia Pestova Bennett will curate a special afternoon featuring the Magnetic Resonator Piano, an exciting new instrument designed by the radical inventor Andrew McPherson. A grand piano will be completely transformed into a stunning acoustic cyborg with electromagnets suspended above the strings, allowing for control of minute details of shimmering resonance and gorgeous sustained tones.