Like Gabor, Hannah Roberts is a very special musician to me; she is a great friend, and (it goes without saying!) a fantastic cellist and duo partner. We've enjoyed playing some of the greats such as 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 with a few surprise encores up our sleeves! We also love to bring Simon into the fold when programming Piano Trios.
We've 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."
- Written by the Manchester Mid-day Concerts
Society In anticipation of our 2018 recital
"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 my time leading the Zelkova Quartet we won the 2017 St Martin's Chamber Music Competition and the 2014 Royal Overseas League Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble. In 2018 we 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 we 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 my musical journey through both immersion in some of the best music ever written and lessons with some of the world's finest chamber musicians. We're sad to see it end but we're also looking forward to new chamber music ventures.
"The Zelkova Quartet is blessed with a fabulous leader who's playing holds one’s attention completely whatever she does.”
- Gina McCormack, Brodsky Quartet
OTHER PROJECTS //
As well as performances with colleagues at Sinfonia Cymru and Manchester Camerata, I'm also enjoying 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.