Violins: Jack Greed & Anthony Poon
Viola: Kim Becker
Cello: Yurie Lee
Formed in 2016, the Kirkman Quartet have established themselves as a mature and engaging ensemble. They are principally mentored by Levon Chilingirian, but have also received coaching from Martin Outram, Guy Johnston, Richard Ireland, Hartmut Rhode, the Dante Quartet and the Doric Quartet.
Just two weeks after first playing together, the Kirkman Quartet were awarded a coveted place on the Davey Poznanski string quartet scheme at the Royal Academy of Music. They have since received a place on the Frost ASSET scheme for two consecutive years. In 2017, the quartet were winners of the Wolfe Wolfinsohn string quartet prize, and also gave the UK premiere of Kareem Roustom’s A Voice Exclaiming. Last season saw them as Quartet in Residence at the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival 2019 and the HARMOS festival in Porto where they gave a number of recitals around the city including the Casa da Musica.
This season includes a masterclass with the Navarra Quartet as part of the Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival, a recital at the Avon Valley Festival as part of an ongoing collaboration with Trumpeter Matilda Lloyd and a final concert as winners of the 2019 St Peter’s Fellowship at Eaton Square.
The Kirkman Quartet have given recitals across the UK in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Colston Hall, Regent Hall, the Ashmolean Museum and Southwark Cathedral. They also performed in Garsington Opera’s 2018 production of Strauss’ Capriccio, playing on stage in the string sextet.
The name “Kirkman Quartet” originates from an old Kirkman Piano which resided in Yurie’s previous flat.* The quartet often rehearsed there, next to the piano as if it were a member of the group. Ironically, the piano was useless as an instrument. Half of its keys were broken and it was completely out of tune. However, it was always at the heart of the group and so it seemed appropriate to name the quartet after it.
*The piano was already in the flat when Yurie moved in- Its history remains a mystery.