The Navarra Quartet (16 September)
Magnus Johnston, Marije Johnston (violins), Sascha Bota (viola), Brian O’Kane (cello)
In this ‘first’ for Putney Music, we welcome a string quartet. Formed in 2002, the Navarra Quartet got to know one another at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, studying with the late Christopher Rowland, founder member of the Fitzwilliam Quartet. Their development continued with their membership of the Young Classical Artists’ Trust (YCAT), a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award, and as recipients of their studies in Cologne with the Alban Berg Quartet, the International Musicians’ Seminar in Prussia Cove, the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh and the Verbier Festival. The wisdom gained from these experiences is passed on via masterclasses and summer courses and a recently completed three-year residency as the Associated Ensemble at Birmingham Conservatory. As well as familiar figures on British concert platforms, the players have toured Australia, the Middle East, China and Korea. The quartet’s discography is diverse, including works by Haydn, György Kurtág, Peteris Vasks, Haydn and forthcoming sessions to record late Schubert Quartets. When not touring and performing, the players enjoy the delights of family life (the two violinists are husband and wife and Magnus’s brother is Guy Johnston, who delighted Putney Music a couple of years ago).
Photo: Sarah Wijzenbeek