Aliayta Foon-Dancoes, violin
Emily Earl, violin
Clara Loeb, viola
Eliza Millett, cello
The Echéa Quartet is formed of players from Canada, the US and the UK, in their final year of postgraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music. The musicians were recently selected for the prestigious Frost Trust/Advanced Specialist Strings Ensemble Training Scheme at the Royal Academy of Music, under which they will continue to be mentored by John Myerscough (Doric String Quartet). The quartet has also received tutelage from Garfield Jackson, Levon Chilingirian, Jon Thorne (of the Endellion and Chilingirian Quartets, and of the Oculi Ensemble respectively).
The quartet has recently been named as finalist in the International Anton Rubinstein Competition in Düsseldorf, Germany.
In October 2017, the quartet was awarded the St Peter’s Chamber Music Prize, for which it has performed two recitals as part of the Eaton Square Concert Series, throughout 2018. The musicians have performed in masterclasses held by internationally renowned musicians such as Krzysztof Chorzelski (Belcea Quartet), Adrian Brendel, Hartmut Rohde and members of the London Haydn Quartet. Further to this, they performed in the masterclass series element of the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in April, where they worked with Miguel da Silva and Christoph Richter.
The Echéa Quartet has performed with the Manson Ensemble at the Royal Academy, and it has been chosen to perform in a project with American composer Andrew Norman, as well as collaborating with young composers. In light of these successful collaborations, the Echéa Quartet will continue to collaborate with composers and facilitate workshops and concerts in the coming year. In 2018, the quartet performed at the Brundibár Arts Festival, Newcastle, side-by-side project with the Nash Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall, and more recently, the inaugural season of the Waterperry Opera Festival.
In the summer of 2018, the Echéa Quartet has been string-quartet-in-residence at Ferrandou, Dordogne, where there gave many recitals as well as collaborating with the British baritone, David Wilson-Johnson. They were also awarded the role of Fellowship Quartet at Wintergreen Performing Arts, where they toured across Virginia, as well as working and performing with the violinist Rachel Barton Pine.
Upcoming events in 2019 include a performance of Mendelssohn’s Octet in collaboration with Johannes Meissl at the Musikverein in Vienna, as well as a collaboration with Marin Alsop at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Further highlights include a collaboration in Greece with the Royal Academy composers and a tour of the West Coast of North America.