Pavao String Quartet
The Pavão formed 13 years ago at the Royal Academy of Music, where they won many prizes individually and as an ensemble, culminating in their appointment as Chamber Music Fellows for two years. Classical recitals delightfully increased their knowledge of the highways and byways of the British Isles, besides taking them to the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Symphony Hall in Birmingham, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, Gateshead’s Sage and Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. In addition, they have performed internationaly in Europe, the USA, the Middle East and in China.
A CD of encore repertoire, Someone to Watch Over Me, launched their increasingly successful recording career, broadcast on Classic FM, Radio 3 and Radio 2, as well as on Michael Parkinson’s show and ‘Friday Night is Music Night’. Their disc of quartets by Bax and Elgar was welcomed as “a real winner” from “an ensemble of real depth and musical distinction” (Classic FM Magazine), with “plenty of energy, precision and clarity” (BBC Music Magazine) and “an intoxicating warmth and emotional spontaneity” (The Strad Magazine). Music Web International christened it disc of the month, “an unqualified success – a real must-have!” Their Christmas Collection for Breakthrough Breast Cancer also became the soundtrack of Christmas for many people, on disc and radio. Although the great canon of music for string quartet is at the heart of their being, they enjoy exploring other worlds – through working with the award-winning Henri Oguike Dance Company, collaborating with jazz saxophonist Iain Ballamy, and performing with singers as diverse as Sir Willard White, Andrew Kennedy, Hayley Westenra and Victoria Hart, as well as recording for film, television and theatre.
Kerenza and Natalia are very grateful to Jonathan Sparey for the loan of their instruments. Kerenza is playing on a Rugeri violin (1680), Jenny on a Balistrieri (1720), and Natalia on a Vuillaume viola. Bryony thanks the Royal Academy of Music for the loan of a Joseph Hill cello.