Bergersen Quartet

The Bergersen Quartet is a dynamic string ensemble specialising in the performance and recording of music by living composers.

Formed in 2007, the quartet’s first major performance was the 2008 premiere of Peter Copley’s ‘Gridshell Symphonies’, written for an octet of string quartet plus trombone quartet. In 2009, the Bergersen Quartet studied in Romania under eminent composers Ana-Maria Avram and Iancu Dumitrescu, making it one of just a handful of quartets in the world trained in the extraordinary techniques of ‘Spectral’ music. Following this, they performed to great acclaim at Spectrum XXI International Spectral Music Festival 2009 at the Warehouse and LSO St Luke’s, London, and again in the 2011 Festival at Conway Hall and LSO St Luke’s. 2010 was focussed towards projects with artist and filmmaker Marco Sanges, musical theatre composer Craig Adams for the Keiran Sheehan Dance Theatre, and recordings with jazz artist Dave Holland.

All accomplished session musicians, the members of the Bergersen Quartet record regularly for film, TV and pop at all of the top London studios. Most recent Quartet sessions include TV ‘library’ albums for KPM / EMI Production Music, the string parts for acclaimed singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner’s forthcoming album, and The Samaritans’ ‘Songs to Save a Life’ compilation. 2011 also saw them record the strings for The Franks’ latest album, and the soundtrack to Stephen Soucy’s short film ‘Slant’, written for quartet and piano by Terry Davies, as featured in the LA Short Film Festival.

The Bergersen Quartet continue to thrive on new and interesting collaborations. 2011 saw performances at the Barbican with the American/Australian group Clogs as part of the Steve Reich ‘Reverberations’ concert series, and accompanying American singer-songwriter Shara Worden – ‘My Brightest Diamond’ – for the UK leg of her 2011 tour. The Quartet are currently preparing three recordings for release – pieces by Terry Davies, Simon Redfern and Roger May – which have all been written for, or dedicated to them. Additionally, Brinch’s String Quartet no.2 is now released on worldwide distribution for Claudio Records, and also available on HD DVD-Audio.

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