Maxwell Quartet

Colin Scobie, violin I
George Smith, violin II
Elliott Perks, viola
Duncan Strachan, cello

First Prizewinner and Audience Prizewinner at the 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2017, and hailed as "brilliantly fresh, unexpected and exhilarating" by The Scottish Herald, and "superb storytelling by four great communicators" by The Strad Magazine, the Maxwell Quartet is now firmly regarded as one of Britain's finest young string quartets, with a strong connection to their folk music heritage and a commitment to bringing together wide-ranging projects and programmes to expand the string quartet repertoire.

Formed in 2010 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the quartet was named Young Artist in Residence in 2011, as well as Enterprise Music Scotland's Residency Artists 2011-2013. Mentors of the quartet have included The Endellion Quartet through the Kings Place Chamber Studio Programme, and Hatto Beyerle, founding member of the Alban Berg Quartet.

The quartet performs regularly across the UK and abroad, at venues including Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, with performances through the Park Lane Young Artist Programme, the Tunnell Trust Awards Scheme, and the Kirckman Concert Society. After their success at Trondheim in 2017, the quartet will be giving concert engagements across Europe including Denmark, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, France, China and the United States. Collaborations include working with the Danish String Quartet, and clarinettist Mark Simpson. The Quartet's debut CD, featuring works by Haydn alongside their own compositions based on Scottish folk music, is due for release in early 2019 on Linn Records.