Marmen Quartet - Biography

Marmen Quartet © Marco Borggreve

Marmen Quartet

Johannes Marmen - violin

Ricky Gore - violin

Bryony Gibson-Cornish - viola

Steffan Morris - violoncello

Winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition 2019 (shared first prize with the Viano String Quartet)

Winners of the Grand Prize at the 2019 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, the Marmen Quartet is emerging as one of the most interesting voices on the chamber music scene. Founded in 2013 at the Royal College of Music, London, the Marmen Quartet are the Young Quartet in Residence at Wiltshire Music Centre and they have received awards from the Musicians Company/Concordia Foundation, the Hattori Foundation, Help Musicians, as well as the Royal Philharmonic Society Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize. Additional accolades include winning the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Competition and Second Prize as well as the Special Prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary work (Four Quarters by Thomas Adès) at the 8th International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition.

During 2015-17, they were the inaugural winners of Music In The Round's 'Bridge' Scheme, which supported concerts, workshops and mentoring with the late Peter Cropper.

As the current holders of the Guildhall School of Music String Quartet Fellowship, they are based in London where they study with Simon Rowland-Jones and John Myerscough. They are also completing a Master of Chamber Music with Oliver Wille at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover.

The Marmen Quartet has appeared on ‘Deutschlandfunk Kultur,’ ‘Swedish Radio’ and ‘BBC Radio 3.’ Festival highlights include performances in Hitzacker, Lockenhaus, Edinburgh Fringe, North Norfolk and Lake District.

In the upcoming season, they are looking forward to a Beethoven Cycle in Sweden, debut in the Berlin Philharmonie, cruise to Norway, tour to Japan, and octet performances with the Doric String Quartet.