Internationally acclaimed Chilingirian Quartet to play at Abingdon School
15th January 2014

The world-renowned Chilingirian Quartet will be performing at Abingdon School in the Amey Theatre at 7pm on Wednesday 5 February.  The Chilingirian Quartet is one of the most celebrated string ensembles on the international music scene, touring over 50 countries across 6 continents, playing classical and contemporary works.  The Quartet has won prizes including the Royal Philharmonic Society Chamber Music Award, the Cobbett Medal and was awarded the Best String Quartet Recording by Gramophone Magazine. The chamber concert follows a masterclass, led by Levon Chilingirian, with the School’s leading strings players.

Speaking about the quartet, Michael Stinton, Director of Music at Abingdon said, “I am delighted that we are able to welcome back Levon and his amazing quartet. The boys can learn so much from hearing these internationally famous musicians who are at the top of their game – and, to have the Quartet coach our young chamber musicians beforehand is a huge bonus. The Quartet’s last visit in February 2012 was an unforgettable experience for us all and there is growing excitement as the next concert draws closer.”

Armenian by birth, Levon Chilingirian studied at the Royal College of Music where he later served for many years as violin professor, before moving recently to The Guildhall School of Music.  The Quartet, formed in 1971, consists of Levon Chilingirian and Ronald Birks, violins, Susie Meszaros, viola and Stephen Orton, cello.  At the Abingdon concert the musicians will perform quartets by Schubert and Beethoven.
Levon has held three previous violin masterclasses at Abingdon School and is impressed by the talent and enthusiasm of the boys, he says, ''We really look forward to our visits to Abingdon School, where we always have a rewarding afternoon teaching the highly-responsive students and have the privilege of performing in front of a warm and very enthusiastic audience!''

Abingdon School pupil and lead cellist, Sebastian Johns, said, “The opportunity to be given a masterclass by such globally recognised and talented musicians as the Chilingirian Quartet is a rare one, and one that I am hugely looking forward to. When they last visited the School they left us with novel ideas of how to think about, and play, our chamber music.  The experience was capped with a stunning concert, demonstrating all that they had told us in a professional setting. We are greatly looking forward to their visit - I'm sure it will be a memorable one.”

Tickets for the Chilingirian Quartet Chamber Concert are available to the public.


Cost: £13 (students £7) and family £30 from or book online at
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