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Saturday 23 October 2021

Echea Quartet

Aliayta Foon-Dancoes: violin
Rosa Hartley: violin
Edgar Francis: viola    
Eliza Millett: 
violoncello

Schubert: String Quartet No. 12 in C minor, D 703, "Quartettsatz"
Haydn: String Quartet Op. 76 No. 2 in D minor
Mozart: String Quartet No. 23 in F major K590

Echea Quartet

 

 

 

Recipients of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Albert and Eugenie Frost Chamber Music Prize (2019/20) and the Hattori Foundation’s Senior Award (2021/22), the Echéa Quartet was formed in 2017 at the Royal Academy of Music, London. They are recent winners of the ‘Tremplin' at the Philharmonie de Paris's String Quartet Biennale (2020) and prize-winners of the International Anton Rubinstein Competition (2017). The quartet are currently Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal College of Music, artists for the Kirckman Concert Society and City Music Foundation and are Yeomen of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. The quartet are mentored by John Myerscough, Simon Rowland-Jones and Mathieu Herzog. They have been selected to participate in the McGill International String Quartet Academy (MISQA) in Montreal where they will study with members of the Alban Berg, Artemis and Ebene Quartets.

With many thanks to the Harrison-Frank and City Music Foundations, the Echéa Quartet are fortunate to play on a quartet of W.E. Hill & Sons instruments and bows (2019).

The quartet has appeared at international festivals such as Ferrandou Musique (France), Festival de los Siete Lagos (Argentina) and West Cork Chamber Music (Ireland). They have also attended a residency at the Banff Centre (2019). The quartet has performed in venues such as the Musikverein (Vienna), Wigmore Hall (London), Philharmonie de Paris and collaborated with Marin Alsop at the World Economic Forum (Switzerland). The quartet was featured on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune', and more recently on CBC National Radio (Canada) as part of their six-week tour of the west coast of North America (2019). The quartet has attended virtual online masterclasses at IMS Prussia Cove and Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (2020), and are part of ProQuartet.

Aliayta Foon-Dancoes was born in Vancouver, Canada. Aliayta has performed with ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Sidney Classical Orchestra and the Galliano Ensemble. Aliayta plays on an 1847 Joannes Francesco Pressenda violin, on loan from the Royal Academy of Music.

Rosa Hartley is an award winning British violinist. She maintains a regular performing schedule extensively around the UK and internationally across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia, and has performed in prestigious venues including Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, and Berlin Konzerthaus.

Edgar Francis is a Welsh viola player. In 2014, he earned a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and had the opportunity to play in many of the UK’s major concert halls, including a performance in the Royal Albert Hall at the BBC Proms. While at the Royal Academy of Music, he has worked as principal viola of the Symphony Orchestra. Edgar is principal viola of Capital Orchestra, the UK’s first jazz-pop fusion orchestra, as well as freelancing with Chineke! Orchestra.

Eliza Millett is a graduate of the University of Oxford, attaining First-class Honours in Music, and of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied cello with Christoph Richter. Eliza has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in a number of UK venues and festivals such as the Lake District International Festival, Wigmore Hall, IMS Prussia Cove, St John's Smith Square and St James Piccadilly.


 

 
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