York composition students work with internationally acclaimed musicians

Posted on 22 November 2018

Eight new pieces by Music students have been performed by Quatuor Diotima

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 20 November.

From left to right: Yunpeng Zhao, Jing Ning, Jake Adams, Philip Folkes, Constance Ronzatti, Franck Chevalier, Dr Thomas Simaku, Pierre Morlet, Ananias Ananiadis, Professor Roger Marsh, Andreas Tsiartas, Cameron Mcarthur, and David Mcgregor. 

The event was streamed to students of 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 Diotimas. 

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.