HAVING played to audiences as far away as Australia and Japan, the Doric String Quartet add Nairn to the list this weekend as guests of Music Nairn.
Violinists Alex Redington and Jonathan Stone, viola player Hélène Clément and cellist John Myerscough formed the Doric String Quartet in 1998 at Pro Corda, The National School for Young Chamber Music Players, before going on to continue their studies in Paris and Basel.
Named by Gramophone magazine as "one of the finest young string quartets", the British ensemble has won a number of international accolades, including first prize at the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, 2nd prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition in Italy and the Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany.
The Quartet has worked with several leading names in the world of classical music, including Ian Bostridge, Philip Langridge, Mark Padmore, Alexander Melnikov, Daniel Müller-Schott, Chen Halevi and the Florestan Trio, and in April head across the Atlantic for the group’s fourth consecutive North American tour which will include performances in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Tennessee and Montreal.
For Saturday’s performance at Nairn Community and Art Centre, the Doric String Quartet will perform Haydn String Quartet in B Flat, Op. 76 No. 4 "Sunrise"; Janacek String Quartet No. 1 "Kreutzer Sonata"; and the Beethoven String Quartet in E Flat, Op. 127.
• The Doric String Quartet are at Nairn Community and Art Centre at 7.30pm on Saturday.