The Carsaig Quartet was established in 2019, bringing together four award winning young musicians from the UK, the Netherlands, and Portugal. The quartet is named after an exceptionally beautiful cove off the West Coast of Scotland, close to where the group’s members first met and played together. Following performances alongside the Doric String Quartet at the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival, the Carsaigs began to establish themselves as one of London’s most exciting young quartets.
The quartet unites scholars from three of London’s conservatoires (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music) and is supported by internationally renowned musicians from each institution. The Carsaigs are committed to exploring lesser known and contemporary repertoire, as well as bringing a fresh new voice to more established works.
2020 sees the Carsaig Quartet undertaking a residency on the Isle of Mull, as well as performing extensively throughout London and the UK. Upcoming tours include performances in the Netherlands and Portugal.
The quartet is privileged to perform on exceptional instruments by
Rocca, Vuillaume, Grancino, and Robert Brewer Young.
The Carsaig Quartet was established in 2019, bringing together four award winning young musicians from the UK, the Netherlands, and Portugal. The Quartet is named after an exceptionally beautiful cove on the Western Isles of Scotland, close to where the group’s members first met and played together.
Following performances alongside the Doric String Quartet at the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival, the Carsaigs began to establish themselves with engagements across the UK. The Carsaig Quartet are closely mentored by the Doric Quartet, as well as receiving coaching from David Waterman, Alina Ibragimova and Richard Ireland. They have taken part in several projects arranged by ChamberStudio in London.
The Carsaig Quartet has been selected as Kirckman Artists in 2021-22 and will give their major London debut later in the year. They will undertake a residency in Aldeburgh through the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, including several performances at the Jubilee Hall. They will perform at the Romsey Chamber Music Festival and have been reinvited for a residency in association with the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival, including performances throughout the year across Scotland. They have been selected as Musethica artists and will perform throughout Europe in a wide range of venues, from concert halls to schools and prisons. They have appeared at several London venues including St. Martin-in-the-Fields and have worked with luthiers at W. E. Hill & Sons to ‘premiere’ a new quartet of instruments. The Quartet has been broadcast and interviewed on National German Radio and upcoming tours also include performances in the Netherlands and Portugal.
The quartet is privileged to perform on exceptional instruments by Rocca, Grancino, and Robert Brewer Young.
Scottish cellist Findlay Spence has performed at festivals and venues throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal. He was a scholar at the Royal College of Music where he studied with Melissa Phelps, and he is now mentored by John Myerscough of the Doric String Quartet. He has performed major concertos with many British orchestras as well as contemporary concertos by Tom David Wilson and John Bevan Baker. He has performed as orchestral principal at the BBC Proms and has toured throughout Europe and China. Chamber performances this year include Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Pierre Boulez Saal, and performances alongside the Doric and Sacconi Quartets. Findlay is Resident Cellist at W. E. Hill and Sons where he plays and critiques the finest contemporary and antique instruments. Findlay plays Robert Brewer Young's 'Rostropovich' cello, on loan from the St. Paul's Foundation.
Whenever he is able, Findlay escapes London and returns to the Cairngorm Mountains with his 1-man tent.
Praised for his “full sonority, tasteful musicality and virtuosity” in the Portuguese press Público, Miguel Sobrinho is a scholarship student of Hélène Clément at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM). At RAM, Miguel won the prestigious Theodore Holland Viola Prize in 2017, the Historical Women Composers Prize in partnership with the pianist Wouter Valvekens in 2019, and was ‘Very Highly Commended’ in the Mica Comberti Bach Prize in 2019. In Portugal, Miguel won the 1st prize in several national competitions such as Vasco Barbosa Competition, both Junior and Superior levels.
As a chamber musician Miguel has performed in venues throughout the world including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin. Miguel has also been inspired by several masterclasses and festivals including IMS Prussia Cove, Baremboim-Said Akademie and Mendelssohn on Mull. He was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra in 2017 and made his conducting debut with the City of London Soloists in December 2019.
In his free time, Miguel enjoys playing and studying chess.
Charlotte started her violin lessons with Coosje Wijzenbeek when she was four years old. She studied with David Takeno at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama, and is currently studying with Ying Xue at the Royal Academy of Music. Charlotte is a prize-winner from several competitions, such as the Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition, Concours International Arthur Grumiaux, and the Oskar Back Violin Competition. Charlotte regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician, having performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. She is also member of the award-winning Ensemble Esperanza, and has led the second violins since 2018. In 2017, Tonny Eyk dedicated his solo composition “Mouvement pour violon II” to her, of which she debuted at Huis ter Duin in Noordwijk. When Charlotte is not playing the violin, she enjoys writing letters to her friends abroad, drinking tea, and cuddling with cats.
In recent years, Juliette has performed chamber and solo works in prominent locations such as the Wigmore Hall, Canterbury Cathedral, Odessa Opera House and participated in Open Chamber Music Prussia Cove, festivals Yellow Barn, Vermont and Four Seasons, North Carolina. Multi-prize winner in the Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition, the Royal Overseas League Competition and winner of the Walter Todd’s Bursary Award at the BBC Young Musician of the Year, Juliette is now completing a solo masters with Heime Müller at the Musikhochschule Lübeck. She has been generously supported by the Countess of Munster Trust, English Speaking Union and Help Musicians from whom she received the Manoug Parikian Award for her studies over the years.
When not performing or rehearsing Juliette enjoys catching up on her favourite podcasts and giving her dog lots of attention.