Aliayta Foon-Dancoes, violin
Emily Earl, violin
Clara Loeb, viola
Eliza Millett, cello
Prizewinners of the International Anton Rubinstein Chamber Music Competition (2018) and Finalists in the Royal Overseas-League Music Competition (2019), the Echéa Quartet was formed in 2017 at the Royal Academy of Music, London. They have recently been awarded the role as Fellowship String Quartet for 2019/20 at the Royal Academy of Music. They are mentored by John Myerscough, Levon Chilingirian, and Simon-Rowland Jones.
They have performed Mendelssohn’s Octet in collaboration with the Selini Quartet at the Musikverein (Vienna), collaborated with Marin Alsop at the World Economic Forum (Switzerland) and were featured on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’. The quartet toured the west coast of North America this past August and September, giving recitals in Vancouver, Victoria and Detroit.
The quartet workshopped violinist/composer Henning Kraggerud’s Preghiera at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, where they also premiered a quartet by James May, winner of the West Cork Composition Competition. They also attended the Banff Centre for the Arts ‘Evolution of the String Quartet’ course where they worked closely with the JACK, Eybler and Parker Quartets. Highlights of next season include recitals at St Martins-in-the-Fields and St James’ Picadilly, and performing in concerts as part of the Festival de los Siete Lagos in Patagonia, Argentina.