The Eusebius Quartet are fast gaining a reputation for imaginative and communicative performances. Since forming in the autumn of 2015 they have already appeared at numerous venues including St James’ Piccadilly, the Foundling Museum, Blackheath Halls and Marden House. This summer they were resident String Quartet at the Lewes Chamber Music Festival and FitzFest, Fitzrovia’s newest music festival, playing quartets by Mendelssohn, Haydn, Bartok as well as performing with other festival artists. The quartet enjoys exploring unusual repertoire and in June collaborated with pianist Alasdair Beatson in three performances of Gabriel Pierné's Piano Quintet. Other artists they have worked with areoboist Dan Bates, clarinetists Matt Hunt and Michael Collins and bassoonist Amy Harman. Early next year the Eusebius Quartet will be quartet-in-residence at the Wye Valley chamber music festival.
The members of the quartet have played together in different formations for many years. Having completed studies in different corners of the world they are very excited to reunite as a quartet, and share their passion for the extraordinary music written for this formation. All four members of the quartet are in demand as freelance musicians with leading ensembles across Europe, but value the intricacy and importance of fine quartet-playing. The Quartet will return to the Foundling Museum in the heart of Bloomsbury, London, next February with a concert coinciding with the launch of a new exhibition "Child's Play". This project will pair repertoire with particular paintings and themes from the museum's collection, preceded by a tour of local primary schools in Camden. This project gives these school children the opportunity to hear and interact with a professional live string quartet.
The quartet takes its name from one of the two fictional characters invented by Robert Schumann for his writings in the music journal, the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung. These characters, Eusebius and Florestan, later became symbolic of Schumann’s opposing moods: the fiery and impassioned Florestan contrasted the introverted and dreamy Eusebius.
Beatrice Philips - Violin
Venetia Jollands - Violin
Hannah Strijbos - Viola
Hannah Sloane - Cello