Vertavokvartetten - string quartet

Vertavokvartetten
Øyvor Volle, violin
Annabelle Meare, violin
Berit Cardas, viola
Bjørg Lewis, cello

Vertavo Quartet is internationally recognised as one of the most exciting and experienced string quartets playing today. Since its formation in Norway in 1984, Vertavo´s masterful performances and captivating sound quality have delighted audiences wherever they play.

Vertavo now play at all the major concert venues in the world. They tour throughout Europe, Scandinavia and the US and are invited to participate in some of the most prestigious festivals and at the greatest chamber music venues such as the Wigmore Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Carnegie Hall in New York.

As well as excelling in the core string quartet repertoire, Vertavo have a great communicative ability for contemporary music, which has led them to give commanding performances of works by Ligeti, Adès, Widmann, Gabriela Frank and many contemporary Nordic composers. Most recently they gave critically acclaimed first performances of the latest string quartet by Poul Ruders at the Barbican Hall and the Aldeburgh Festival.

Vertavo have collaborated with many of the world´s finest musicians such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Håkan Hardenberger, Martin Fröst, Isabelle van Keulen and Lawrence Power. To great critical acclaim, they recently undertook a quintet tour with the renowned British pianist Paul Lewis and also opened the Proms Chamber Music 2016 season. The quartet´s discography includes Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Grieg, Debussy, Bartok, Nielsen, Asheim, as well as the Mozart Clarinet Quintet with Martin Fröst. Their Debussy and Grieg recording received the Diapason d´Or.

In June 2005, the quartet received the Grieg-Prize: the most significant Norwegian cultural prize, bestowed on artists of the highest international standing. Just ten years previously in 1995 they won First Prize at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition where they were also awarded the Audience Prize and the Critics´ Prize.

Vertavo Quartet started its own international chamber music festival - Vertavofestivalen - in Norway in September 2016.