Formed in 2001, the Glasgow String Quartet is rapidly becoming Scotland's premiere string quartet. All principal players in the internationally renowned Royal Scottish National Orchestra, GSQ has been taking the Scottish music circuit by storm with acclaimed performances throughout the country. Praised for its youthful energy and mature interpretations, GSQ has set audiences ablaze with performances characterised as "strong, stylish and engaging" (Michael Tumelty, The Herald).
GSQ has appeared in Glasgow for the Westbourne Music Society, in Ayrshire at Culzean Castle, in Stirling at the Tollbooth Arts Centre, in Balfron's McClintock Hall, and in the Killearn Kirk Concert Series. On behalf of the RSNO Friends, GSQ has appeared at St. Cuthbert's Church, Edinburgh and the Queen's Hall, Aberdeen. To conclude the season GSQ made a triumphant live appearance on BBC Radio 3 at the Edinburgh International Festival.
GSQ has also appeared at the Glenkins Music Society, the Monymusk Trust, the Kilmardinny Arts Circle, the Lanercost Festival, and makes repeated visits to the RSNO Chamber Series in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Broad in repertoire, GSQ has presented programmes ranging from the classics of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven to the great quartets of the 20th century. Unyielding in their commitment to new music, GSQ has given Scottish premieres to New York composer Michael Torke's Corner in Manhattan and Scottish composer Sally Beamish's Opus California.
GSQ's latest project involves a CD collaboration with Konrad Wiszniewski and Euan Stevenson combining GSQ with one of Scotland's leading jazz quartets. Modelled after Stan Getz's great album for jazz and strings, Focus, this new album, New Focus, sees GSQ moving in an exciting new direction.
In 2013 GSQ has won an award from Enterprise Music Scotland to participate in its first ever Creative Exchange Project. The players will spend a week at Crear, an artistic retreat in Argyllshire, developing new work and mixing with other Scottish ensembles.
GSQ are also currently working on material for a second CD later in the year including commissions from some of Scotland's exciting new composers.