Britain's Doric String Quartet has quickly established a reputation for quality and versatility, recording both mainstream and contemporary string quartet music and collaborating with other artists beyond the chamber music sphere.
Formed in the late 1990s, the group came under the umbrella of Britain's Young Classical Artists Trust, a charity devoted to nurturing young talent, in 2006. It won several major prizes in the late-2000s decade, including a first-place finish at the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, and made the first of many appearances at London's Wigmore Hall, where its performances of three Haydn quartets was released on the hall's own label in 2009. Since then, the group has performed in top European concert halls: the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, and De Singel in Antwerp, among others. In the U.S., likewise, the quartet has appeared in choice venues: New York's Frick Museum and the Library of Congress in Washington. It is a fixture of festivals in a number of European countries.
The group has taken up several compositions for the unusual combination of string quartet and orchestra. It has performed John Adams' Absolute Jest with the Vienna Symphony at the Vienna Konzerthaus with Adams himself conducting, with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw, and with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In 2017 the Doric String Quartet released a recording of Elgar's Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and Orchestra, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner. Earlier recordings on the Chandos label -- of Korngold's string quartets, Walton's cycle, and Schumann's string quartets, as well as a Janácek-Martinu album -- have earned strong critical praise. The quartet's 2018 concert season included a two-night residency at the Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale. It tours the U.S. annually; 2018 appearances included those at the Chamber Music Societies of Salt Lake City and Honolulu. ~ James Manheim