Biography of Chilingirian Quartet:
The Chilingirian Quartet - Levon Chilingirian (violin), Ronald Birks (violin) Susie Mészáros (viola), Philip De Groote (cello) - is one of the world’s most celebrated and widely travelled ensembles. Founded in 1971 by four prizewinning musicians, the quartet has since been renowned for its interpretations of the great quartets and its commanding performances of contemporary repertoire. BBC and World Service broadcasts of the quartet were soon followed by invitations to the Edinburgh, Aldeburgh and Bath festivals, and cities across Europe. A triumphant 1976 New York debut heralded numerous coast-to-coast tours of the United States and Canada, and extensive tours of Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa and the Far East. In 1988, the group became the first-ever Quartet-in-Residence at the Royal College of Music. Among the quartet members’ numerous awards are leader Levon Chilingirian’s Cobbett Medal and OBE in the Queen’s 2000 New Year’s Honours. As well as many appearances on TV and radio around the world, the quartet has built an extensive and critically acclaimed discography.