Biography

The Czigány Quartet was formed in September 2017 by postgraduate students from the Royal Academy of Music. After a short time, they were accepted onto the Royal Academy’s prestigious Davey Posnanski Quartet Scheme, through which they are mentored by Garfield Jackson, violist of the Endellion Quartet. The quartet also receive tutelage from Jon Thorne, Levon Chilingirian, and John Myerscough (of the Oculi Ensemble, Chilingirian and Doric String Quartets respectively).

In October 2017, the quartet were awarded the St Peter’s Chamber Music Prize in association with the Royal Academy, for which they will perform two recitals as part of the Eaton Square Concert Series, 2018. They have performed in masterclasses for internationally renowned musicians such as Krzysztof Chorzelski, of the Belcea Quartet, Hartmut Rohde, Nathaniel Anderson-Frank, and members of the London Haydn Quartet. Further to this, the quartet performed in the masterclass series element of the prestigious Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in April, where they worked with Miguel da Silva, Raphael Todes and Christoph Richter.

The Czigány Quartet are members of the contemporary music group, the Manson Ensemble at the Royal Academy, and were chosen to perform in a project with American composer Andrew Norman, as well as collaborating with young composers. In light of these successful collaborations, the Czigány Quartet will continue to collaborate with composers and facilitate workshops and concerts in the coming year. In 2018, the quartet performed at the Brundibár Arts Festival, Newcastle, side-by-side project with the Nash Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall, and more recently, the inaugural season Waterperry Opera Festival.

In Summer 2018, the Czigány Quartet were the resident group in Ferrandou, Dordogne, collaborating with the British baritone, David Wilson-Johnson, and performing throughout the region. They were also awarded the role of Fellowship Quartet at Wintergreen Performing Arts, where they toured across Virginia, as well as working and performing with renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine. In January 2019, the Czigány Quartet will perform Mendelssohn’s Octet in collaboration with Johannes Meissl at the Musikverein in Vienna. Further highlights of 2019 include a collaboration in Greece with Royal Academy composers as well as a tour of the West Coast of North America.

  • Aliayta Foon-Dancoes
    Violin
    Born in Vancouver, Canada, Aliayta has played with professional ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), Victoria Symphony, Sidney Classical Orchestra and the Galliano Ensemble. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Violin Performance at the Royal Academy of Music with Gyorgy Pauk.
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  • Emily Earl
    Violin
    Emily gained a place at Chetham’s School of Music, aged 13, to study with Eyal Kless and Yumi Sasaki. In 2013, she moved to Oslo, Norway to begin her Bachelor degree at the Barratt Due Institute of Music, studying with Stephan Barratt-Due. Emily worked regularly with the Oslo Camerata, as a substitute in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and was Artistic Director of Fagerborgfestspillene in 2016-17. Emily is currently studying for her Master of Arts with Levon Chilingirian at the Royal Academy of Music. She was awarded the John Fussell Trust Award towards her tuition, and is recipient of the Ann Driver Trust Scholarship. Emily plays on a 2010 Martin Bouette violin on loan from the Royal Academy of Music.
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  • Clara Loeb
    Viola
    Clara Loeb is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts from the Royal Academy of Music under the instruction of Yuko Inoue. Through Academy, she has recently become a recipient of the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Prize. Originally from Houston, Texas, she obtained a Bachelors of Music in Viola Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, under the tutelage of Barbara Sudweeks, Associate Principal Violist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Clara has attended many summer festivals including Madeline Island Music Camp, Castleman Quartet Program, Round Top Orchestral Institute, Musique en Graves (Bordeaux, France), National Orchestral Institute, and Domaine Forget (Quebec).
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  • Eliza Millett
    Violoncello
    Eliza Millett is currently studying for a Master of Arts in cello at the Royal Academy of Music where she holds the Ruth Waddell Scholarship and studies with Guy Johnston. She also takes lessons in baroque cello with Joseph Crouch (Academy of Ancient Music).

    She has recently graduated (July, 2017) from Lincoln College, University of Oxford where she attained First Class Honors in academic music. At Oxford, where Eliza was an academic scholar and a scholar of contemporary music, she founded Oxford’s first student Baroque ensemble; she joined members of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra performing with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Jennifer Pike.
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