RTÉ Contempo Quartet

RTÉ Contempo Quartet

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Bogdan Sofei: first violin   Ingrid Nicola: second violin
Andreea Banciu: viola       Adrian Mantu: cello

The RTÉ Contempo Quartet is one of the most exciting and vibrant chamber ensembles performing today. The members studied together in Bucharest, formed a quartet in 1995 and were appointed Galway Music Residency’s Quartet in Residence in 2003 and RTÉ’s Quartet in Residence in May 2014. During its five seasons with RTÉ the Quartet has given almost 200 performances country-wide, including complete cycles of Beethoven and Bartók, with quartets by Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Brahms well as premiering many RTÉ commissions and contemporary works by Irish composers such as Jane O’Leary, Deirdre McKay, Linda Buckley, Sebastian Adams, David Fennessy, David Coonan, Seán Clancy, Raymond Deane, Enda Bates, Andrew Hamilton and Ian Wilson.

“Full of telling detail…this was a performance undertaken out of love for the music” (Irish Times, 2016)


They have played in venues world-wide including the Wigmore Hall, St Martin- in-the-Fields, Berliner Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall and the Vatican, collaborating with artists of the highest calibre. At the heart of every performance is the desire to communicate both the love of, and delight in the music, and the Quartet has gained many new fans with its fresh and enthusiastic approach to a wide variety of repertoire.

A polished and professional group full of exuberance with a fine sense of ensemble - The Strad Magazine