Caroline and Hannah have enjoyed playing many of the great violin and cello duos, including the Kodaly Duo and the Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia, as well as some fantastic arrangements from Simon Parkin including versions of Paganini's 24th Caprice and Monti's Czardas. Audiences can expect varied, dynamic programmes. The duo also love to bring Simon into the fold when programming Piano Trios.
Caroline and Hannah have performed together as a duo numerous times in Manchester Camerata projects as well as independently. A recent highlight was performing in Bridgewater Hall as part of the Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society's 2017/18 season.
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"Manchester audiences will be familiar with their highly communicative playing, characterised by great musical imagination and feel for sound. In combination, the musical rapport between them will be immediately clear, and this promises to be a musically dynamic and exciting recital."
Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society
"Caroline Pether is the founding member of the [Zelkova] Quartet and is a very special violinist, a generous and engaging spirit whose commitment to music is obvious.”
Donald Grant, Elias Quartet
During Caroline's time leading the Zelkova Quartet, the group won the 2017 St Martin's Chamber Music Competition and the 2014 Royal Overseas League Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble. In 2018 they were Hattori Foundation Senior Award winners and Concordia Foundation Selected Artists.
The quartet recorded a CD of music written by Nicholas Simpson released by the label Stone Records. The group were featured a number of times on Radio 3: on the 'In Tune' programme, in the BBC Proms Plus Portrait series and a broadcast from the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. The quartet also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015 as part of the Royal Overseas League’s programme of events at the festival.
ZELKOVA QUARTET // 2010-2019
In 2014 the quartet completed an International Artist Diploma in Chamber Music at the Royal Northern College of Music and were selected to participate in the St John's Smith Square Young Artists Programme 2014/15. In 2017 the quartet were delighted to be selected to attend the prestigious International Musicians' Seminar at Prussia Cove studying with Ferenc Rados and Rita Wagner.
Leading the Zelkova Quartet played a huge part in Caroline's musical journey through both immersion in some of the best music ever written and lessons with some of the world's finest chamber musicians. She now looks forward to new chamber music ventures.
"The Zelkova Quartet is blessed with a fabulous leader whose playing holds one’s attention completely whatever she does.”
Gina McCormack, Brodsky Quartet
As well as performances with colleagues at Sinfonia Cymru and Manchester Camerata, Caroline also enjoys interesting, diverse chamber projects with a number of groups including Manchester Collective and Vonnegut Collective. Explore below to find out more about these fantastic new initiatives happening in the North.