United Kingdom


Cristina Prats-Costa, violin
Milan Berginc, violin
Rhoslyn Lawton, viola
Elena Cappelletti, cello

The Alauda Quartet was formed at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2011. An internationally diverse ensemble, the quartet hails from four different corners of Europe but shares a unifying passion for chamber music and a strong desire to explore the repertoire of the string quartet.

In February 2012 the Quartet was awarded Highly Commended in the Wolfe Wolfinsohn String Quartet Competition at the Royal Academy of Music and were also appointed to the prestigious Davey Poznanski Quartet Scheme at the Academy.  Through this they received masterclasses with members of eminent string quartets such as Endellion, Emerson, Emperor, Escher and Wihan Quartets. 

The Alauda Quartet studied regularly with Jon Thorne of the Badke Quartet and recently finished their Masters in Chamber Music at Hochschule fur Musik, Theater und Medien, Hannover, with Oliver Wille of the Kuss Quartet.  As well as their regular lessons, the Alauda Quartet has enjoyed lessons with the Belcea Quartet and in 2013 they studied and performed at IMS Prussia Cove with Rita Wagner. 

Since 2014 the Quartet has been taking part on the ProQuartet – CEMC programme in France studying with Günter Pichler.

In 2013 the Quartet was awarded a Junior Fellowship in Chamber Music from the Royal Academy of Music and were involved many performances at the Academy including a celebration of British composer Sir Michael Tippett. As well as their concerts in the UK the Alauda Quartet have enjoyed performing in various music festivals across Europe. In March 2014 the quartet embarked on their inaugural tour of China, performing in many cities across the country including at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

As Park Lane Group artists they gave their debut at the Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall in January 2015 and St Martin in the Fields in March 2015. Besides their busy concert and masterclass schedule, the Quartet is also involved in several educational projects across the UK. In 2013 they were appointed Young Professional String Quartet in Residence at the ensemble-training programme Pro Corda as well as giving workshops at public schools through the Westminster Music Service.