The Doric String Quartet first performed for us at short notice in 2008, having already won first prize in the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, and were immediately invited back to open the 2009 season.  They are now firmly established internationally, and their recordings have been highlighted as Editor's choice or Critics' Choice or shortlisted for awards by Gramophone magazine.  Purcell, the greatest English composer of the Baroque era, makes a rare but most welcome appearance with two short, single-movement fantasies. Haydn's Op 33 quartets were dedicated to Grand Duke Paul of Russia, while Mozart's 'King of Prussia' quartets give prominence to his patron's instrument, the cello.  Bartók's fifth quartet includes two movements in his eerie 'night music' style.  


The group projects a sweet, finely blended tone, faultlessly deployed in Haydn’s slow movement, where first violinist Alex Redington found subtle colors to embellish a wistful little melody differently each time it returned.

The Washington Post, 2010

Doric String Quartet