Dante Summer Festival 2012Dante Quartet

10 - 15 July 2018

Stoke Climsland, Blisland
Calstock, Launceston
Callington, St. Kew

2019 Festival Dates: 8-12 July

About Us

Dante Quartet

Krysia Osostowicz and Oscar Perks - violins, Yuko Inoue - viola, Richard Jenkinson - cello

Dante QuartetWinner of the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award for chamber music in 2007 and a BBC Music Magazine Award in 2009, the Dante Quartet is one of Britain's finest ensembles. Founded in 1995 at Prussia Cove in Cornwall, the quartet chose Dante's name to reflect the idea of a great journey. Renowned for its imaginative programming and emotionally charged performances, the Dante Quartet appears at the major UK festivals and music societies, broadcasts on Radio 3 and has also played in France, Germany, Spain, Holland, Poland, Finland and Japan. The quartet has made four highly praised recordings for Hyperion and is currently recording all of Stanford's quartets, to critical acclaim. Later this year the Dante Quartet will perform Shostakovich's complete string quartets in a single marathon weekend (see www.festiveclassics.co.uk) and make its second tour of Japan.

Launched in 2004, the Dante Summer Festival is a favourite part of the quartet's year, ideal for creating new musical projects, attracting young people to chamber music and building up a new audience in intimate and beautiful surroundings.

Krysia OsostowiczKrysia Osostowicz (violin) has given concerto and recital performances across Europe and made many award-winning recordings. From 1985-1995 she played with Domus, the pioneering piano quartet which toured with its own portable concert hall, a geodesic dome, winning a world-wide audience and two Gramophone Awards. Last year she created a new project, "Beethoven Plus!" with pianist Daniel Tong, touring the UK with Beethoven's complete violin sonatas plus ten newly commissioned companion pieces. She is also principal violinist of Endymion Ensemble and teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Born in London of a Polish family, Krysia studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Cambridge University, and her teachers have included Yehudi Menuhin, Sándor Végh and Ferenc Rados.

Oscar PerksOscar Perks (violin) performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician on both violin and viola. He teaches at the Yehudi Menuhin School and pursues an interest in composing and arranging. Oscar performs at many leading London venues and recently took part in the IMS Prussia Cove autumn UK tour. His string quartet The Twin Towers (2001) won the BBC Guardian Young Composer CompeBBon. Oscar is a founding member of the Perks Ensemble, a flexible chamber group co-founded along with his brother and sister. Oscar studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, at Cambridge University and subsequently at the RCM with Lutsia Ibragimova. 

yuko InoueYuko Inoue (viola), winner of the 17th Budapest International Viola Competition, has performed worldwide with orchestras and as a soloist and chamber musician. She performs and records frequently with Britain's most eminent chamber ensembles and in festivals such as Lockenhaus, Kuhmo, Cheltenham, Bath and Aldeburgh. She also guest-leads at orchestras such as BBC Philharmonic, London Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. Her solo CDs, Romanze, and Bach's Gamba Sonatas (and the Chaconne) have both earned much critical acclaim. Yuko teaches at the Royal Academy of Music (and at it's Junior department) in London and plays on a viola by J B Vuillaume, kindly loaned by Mr John Sanderson. 

Richard JenkinsonRichard Jenkinson (cello) joined the Dante Quartet in 2012, having been principal cellist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and more recently the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Chamber music has always been an integral part of his life and he is a founding member of both the Frith Piano Quartet and InnovaBon Chamber Ensemble, which he founded in 2000 and with whom he has made several recordings. Richard also gives frequent duo recitals with pianist Benjamin Frith. He studied with Florence Hooton and subsequently at the GSMD with Raphael Wallfisch and William Pleeth. 

London Klezmer Quartet

Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet), Szilvia Csaranko (piano accordion), Indra Buraczewska (double bass and vocals)

Klezmer = kle zemer (Yiddish, Hebrew) = vessel of song = musical instrument

Described in Time Out as "dynamic and authentic", with the Sunday Times commenting that "the tradition is safe in their hands", the London Klezmer Quartet was formed in 2009 by four Londonbased klezmorim (Jewish folk musicians) with an interest in the traditional playing style. LKQ is one of the few groups in the world that also leads the dances that most of the music was written to accompany. The band has performed extensively around the UK, as well as at festivals and venues of all shapes and sizes in Australia (five tours 2012-2018), Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Holland, Latvia, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland. They have appeared several times on BBC Radio, made four well-received CD's and had airplay around the world. 


David Timson (actor) has appeared in classical and modern plays all over the country and abroad. He has worked extensively in BBC Radio Drama and made over a thousand broadcasts, ranging from the title role in Nicholas Nickleby and Dostoevsky's The Idiot to numerous short stories and the Woman's Hour serial. He has won many awards both as actor and theatre director.

Television appearances include parts in The Bill, Eastenders, Casualty, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries and Poirot. For Naxos Audio-Books, he has recorded the complete Sherlock Holmes stories, five Dickens novels and a complete unabridged reading of Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. In 2005 he directed Bequest to the Nation with Kenneth Branagh as Nelson for BBC Radio 3. Since then he has also directed The Rivals, Fuente Ovejuna, An Ideal Husband, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Deep Blue Sea, Faust and The Marriage of Figaro. David is a teacher at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Clare Norburn (playwright) studied music at Leeds University and London College of Music. She has performed extensively as a singer, both as a soloist and with many medieval groups. Since 2010 Clare has developed a new genre of 'concert-drama' for actor(s) with live music. Her Breaking the Rules, based on the life and music of Gesualdo, was described in The Guardian as a "vivid and daring one man psychodrama". May 2018 saw the premiere of her eighth concert-drama Burying the Dead about Henry Purcell, which will be performed 14 times in 2018/19.

Her Beethoven's Quartet Journey (a cycle of six concert-dramas to accompany Beethoven's complete string quartets) was developed with funding from Arts Council England and premiered in Lympstone, Devon. It featured on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, and during 2018 will tour to Bury St Edmunds, Wimbledon International Music Festival, St George's Bristol and Tetbury Festival. Clare has also written three shows about women (including the medieval Abbess Hildegard of Bingen) for her own ensemble The Telling, which next season will tour the UK.

Together with soprano Deborah Roberts, Clare co-founded Brighton Early Music Festival. She recently stepped down after 15 years to concentrate on writing and singing.