Sara Bitlloch, violin
Donald Grant, violin
Martin Saving, viola
Marie Bitlloch, cello
The Elias String Quartet take their name from Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Elijah, of which Elias is in its German form, and have quickly established themselves as one of the most intense and vibrant quartets of their generation.
The Quartet made its North American debut in March, 2012 to great critical acclaim. In addition to a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall, they were praised in the Washington Post for their “shimmering beauty,” and the Philadelphia Inquirer proclaimed, “Few quartets at any stage of their evolution have this much personality.” They returned to North America in March, 2013, and will do so once again in March, 2014. Tour highlights include Washington DC, Palm Beach, Philadelphia, Ann Arbor, and Houston, in addition to concerts in other cities around the U.S.
The quartet has been chosen to participate in BBC Radio 3’s prestigious New Generation Artists’ scheme, and they are the recipients of a 2010 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. With the support of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, the Elias Quartet are now immersed in their Beethoven Project: learning and performing all Beethoven string quartets.
They have performed alongside artists such as Michael Collins, Jonathan Biss, Simon Crawford-Phillips, Ralph Kirshbaum, Alice Neary, Ann Murray, Joan Rogers, Mark Padmore, Roger Vignoles, Michel Dalberto, Peter Cropper, Bernard Gregor-Smith, Ettore Causa, Timothy Boulton, Robin Ireland, Adrian Brendel, Anthony Marwood and with the Endellion, Jerusalem and Vertavo Quartets.
The Ensemble has released discs by Mozart, Beethoven and Spohr with Sanctuary Classics and Nimbus. Most recently, they recorded the piano quintets of Schumann and Dvorak with pianist Jonathan Biss, available on the Onyx label. The Quartet has also recorded a disc of Haydn and Schumann quartets, as well as the quartets of Mendelssohn, Mozart and Schumann, for the Wigmore Live label. Their debut recording of Mendelssohn quartets for Sanctuary Classics also received wide acclaim, and their performance of the Op. 80 quartet was chosen as best recording on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Building a Library’ in September 2009. In addition, they made a recording of Britten quartets, released by Sonimage.
Last updated December, 2013.