Haydn String Quartet in D major, Op. 71 No. 2
Bartok String Quartet No. 3
Beethoven String Quartet No. 9, ‘Rasumovsky’, Op. 59 No.3
Solem have full mastery of their performance; true cohesiveness is rare yet Solem have it, every note attack is timed to perfection. Caitlin Bowring The Sphinx
Winners of the 2014 Royal Overseas League Ensemble Competition, the Solem Quartet was formed in 2011 at the University of Manchester. The quartet takes its name from the university’s motto “arduus ad solem”, meaning “striving towards the sun”.
The quartet enjoys a busy concert schedule performing at venues both across the UK – including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Holywell Music Room – and internationally. In keeping with its name, the Solem Quartet’s first project was to play the Haydn Op. 20 “Sun” Quartets. Their repertoire is now extensive, spanning the period from early Haydn to living composers such as Emily Howard, whose quartet ‘Afference’ they performed in a BBC Proms Extra broadcast, live on BBC Radio 3.