York composition students work with internationally acclaimed musicians

York composition students have had their music performed by one of Europe’s top string quartets. During an all-day long event, eight new pieces by undergraduate, MA, and PhD students were workshopped and performed by the Paris-based Quatuor Diotima – the department’s Artist-in-association, on Tuesday, 20th November.

From left to right: Yun-Peng Zhao, Jing Ning, Jake Adams, Philip Folkes, Constance Ronzatti, Franck Chavalier, Dr Thomas Simaku, Pierre Morlet, Ananias Ananiadis, Professor Roger Marsh, Andreas Tsiartas, Cameron McArthur, and David McGregor

The event was streamed to students of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, as part of the ‘Ensemble +’ project.

Following the concert, Quatuor Diotima selected Andreas Tsiartas  to take part in their Academy at L’Abbaye de Noirlac in France in April 2019. The main goal of the academy is to foster the collaboration between performers and composers. Andreas, a PhD student in composition at York, currently in his second year, will be composing a new piece for a young string quartet to be coached by Diotima.

Quatuor Diotima also gave a concert at Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall on 21 November, performing works by Schubert, Berg, and the department’s Reader in Composition Thomas Simaku.

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    His work will be performed by a Grammy Award-winning ensemble

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