Inis Oírr Asano
‘Style, assurance and direction from the first bar – an interpretation whose confidence and polish didn’t preclude a sense of real drama.’ – Richard Bratby (classical writer and critic)
Winners of the 2023 Kirckman Concert Society Artists and recipients of the prestigious Tunnell Trust Awards in 2021, the Elmore Quartet is young award- winning ensemble founded in 2017 at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Since their formation, the Elmore Quartet has been guided by some of the world's foremost chamber musicians, including Donald Grant (Elias Quartet), Petr Prause (Talich Quartet), Henk Guittart (Schoenberg Quartet), David Waterman (Endellion Quartet), and Marc Danel (Quatuor Danel).
The Elmores accepted the position as Studio Quartet at the RNCM in 2020 and in the same year, were awarded second prize in the CAVATINA Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition at Wigmore Hall. Their journey continued with their appointment as Junior Fellows in Chamber Music at the Royal Northern College of Music from 2021 to 2023.
Over the past two years, the Elmore Quartet has recorded for BBC Radio 3 and has performed at renowned UK venues, including Wigmore Hall, Conway Hall, the Pitville Pump Room, and Oxford’s Holywell Music Room.
Adding to their accolades, the Quartet proudly launched the Elmore Chamber Music Festival in 2020, and it has since become an annual event held in the village of Elmore in Gloucestershire every August.
In 2023 the Elmores were finalists in the Irene Steels-Wilsing International String Quartet Competition in Germany, and became members of the esteemed Netherlands String Quartet Academy (NSKA). They also received multiple festival invitations, including Casa del Quartetto (Italy), Crans Montana Master Classes (Switzerland), Residart Festival (Italy) and are looking forward to attending the Vibre Festival (France) in the spring of 2024.
Presently, holding the position of Hans Keller Chamber Fellows at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the Elmore Quartet have enjoyed a busy past year performing across the UK and Europe. Noteworthy collaborations have included performances with the Jerusalem Quartet, Elias Quartet as well as pianists Keigo Mukawa and Victor Lim.