Season Overview


The Anemos Wind Quintet of the Netherlands

Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd October 2016

As individuals, the members of this Dutch wind quintet are all orchestral players in the Netherlands, but they enjoy playing the more intimate chamber music wind repertoire, which they love.  Their performance of “Peter and the Wolf” on Sunday afternoon, with, of course, a narrator, should be a lively and enjoyable event for all ages.  Their Monday concert will provide us with a wide variety of the wind quintet repertoire, and should be a real treat for Aberdeen music lovers.



Photo courtesy Peter Klein

Here we see two of the ensemble during a previous performance of Peter and the Wolf

The Van Kuijk String Quartet of France

Monday 14 November

Photo courtesy Adrien Vecchioni



Founded in 2012 in Paris, this quartet recently won the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition along with the associated Best Beethoven and Best Haydn Prizes.  The quartet has also gained first prize at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in Norway.  Now an established presence in major international venues, including Salle Gaveau  in Paris, the Wigmore Hall in London, and in Heidelberg, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence and in Denmark and Norway, they are currently BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists.


Kapten Piano trio

Monday 5th December 2016

The Kapten Trio is made up of three outstanding graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Estonian Academy of Music and Oxford University.  As post graduates at the Glasgow Conservatoire, they formed the trio in 2011 and were chosen as Young Artists in Residence, receiving coaching from Susan Tomes, Ilya Gringolts and Harald Herzl.   Since then they have developed a reputation as one of the top piano trios in the country, known for their energetic, passionate and exciting performances across the UK and further afield.

“One of the most exciting ensembles to have emerged from the Royal Conservatoire in recent years” (Andy Saunders, Artistic Director at the Cottier Chamber Project)

Susan Tomes

Monday16th January 2017

Born in Edinburgh, Susan is a leading UK pianist who was the first woman to study music at Kings College, Cambridge.  She has been at the heart of three internationally acclaimed ensembles, Domus, the Gaudier Ensemble and the Florestan Piano Trio, performing and broadcasting with these groups all over the world.  She is also the author of four books on performance and the life of being a musician.  In the first event of its kind for us, we look forward to her insightful explorations of her chosen works and then her performances of them – quite an occasion!

The Piatti String Quartet

Monday 20th February 2016




Named after the 19th Century ‘cellist, Alfredo Piatti, the quartet won joint second prize at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in 2015.  They have gained many other awards, and are always seeking to expand the quartet repertoire by commissioning new works from several British composers.  The Joseph Phibbs Quartet no. 1, which they will play at this concert, was commissioned by them with financial support from the Britten Pears Trust and the Ralph Vaughan Williams trust.


The Carducci String Quartet

Monday 20th March 2017

 We are delighted to welcome back the Carducci Quartet, recognised as one of today’s most successful quartets.  They give over 90 concerts each year worldwide, and run their own annual festival at Higham, Gloucester, and in 2014 curated their own Carducci festival in Castagneto-Carducci, the town from which they took their name.  2015 saw the quartet perform a cycle of all Shostakovich’s quartets at various venues, to commemorate  the 40th anniversary of the composer’s death.

“High octane playing, balanced control, with devil-may-care spontaneity” (Guardian)

This concert will be a great finale to a memorable season.