Laura Custodio Sabas, violin
Emily Pond , viola
Michael Newman, cello
Winners of the Beethoven Prize at the 2nd International Beethoven Chamber Music Competition in 2017, the Fitzroy Quartet formed at the Royal Academy of Music in 2014. They are currently ‘Associate Ensemble’ at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where they are studying with Oliver WIlle. As of September 2017 they were invited to become artists on the Belcea Quartet Charitable Trust where they are now receiving tuition from members of the Belcea Quartet. In 2018 the quartet were selected as award winners for the Tunnel Trust resulting in two tours of Scotland in 2020.
The quartet have received many awards and prizes including the St Peters Eaton Square Prize, the Wolfe Wolfinssohn Prize and the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Prize, they also reached the final of Royal Overseas League Competition in 2017. The quartet are gaining an international reputation and 2017/18 saw them perform across the world in the International Music Festival Goslar, Germany, France, the Isle of Coll, Barcelona, Switzerland, Poland and South Africa where they were invited to the visiting international string quartet at the University of the Free State.
The quartet have received masterclasses from many of the words leading chamber musicians including Jonathan Brown (Casals Quartet), Garfield Jackson and David Waterman (Endellion String Quartet), Levon Chillingirian, Martin Outram, Christoph Richter and Miguel de Silva. They gave their Wigmore Hall Debut in 2017 and returned in June 2018 and have also performed at St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James Piccadilly and in the Egerton, Lake District, Musicale and Petworth Music Festivals.
The quartet is kindly supported by Help Musicians Uk and have worked with Oliver Wille with thanks to ProQuartet.