Amati Magazine, March 2015
Amati Magazine, Article by Jessica Duchen
March 5th, 2015
The Villiers String Quartet has won a three-year residency at the University of Oxford, emerging victorious at the Radcliffe Competition held on Sunday at the Holywell Music Room. As part of the three-year residency, funded by the Radcliffe Trust and lasting from 2015 to 2018, the ensemble will perform an annual series of concerts, coach students, work with local composers and collaborate on research projects, amongst other things. Music at Oxford will provide them with a platform in the city and help to promote them.
James Dickenson (first violin), Tamaki Higashi (second violin), Carmen Flores (viola) and Nick Stringfellow (cello) impressed the jury with an impassioned performance of the complete Elgar String Quartet, plus a sensitive reading of the set work, a short quartet by Eugene Birman, as well as their focus, energy and expertise in coaching a student ensemble in Smetana’s G minor Piano Trio. The other shortlisted groups were the Ligeti Quartet and the Piatti Quartet. Each ensemble performed for the jury and audience for 25 minutes, then gave a 15-minute coaching session on the Smetana. The jury was chaired by Professor Mine Dogantan-Dack, with Professor Martyn Harry, cellist Pál Banda, Music at Oxford’s Rebecca Dawson, and your editor from Amati, music journalist Jessica Duchen.
5th March 2015 Jessica Duchen