The Maxwell Quartet
Colin Scobie | George Smith | Elliott Perks | Duncan Strachan
1st Prizewinner and Audience Prizewinner at the 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2017, where their performances were hailed as "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. Formed in 2010 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the quartet studied with The Endellion Quartet through the King’s Place Chamber Studio Programme, and Hatto Beyerle, founding member of the Alban Berg Quartet. The quartet performs regularly across the UK and abroad with upcoming concert engagements across Europe including Denmark, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, France, as well as concert tours in China and the United States. The Quartet's debut CD is due for release on Linn Records in early 2019.
Felix is originally from Helensburgh and his earliest musical experience was playing the violin with local fiddle bands. He went on to attend the RSAMD Junior School and St. Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, studying the viola with James Durrant. He continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with John White, Martin Outram and Katherine McGillivray. While at the Royal Academy he was awarded the Theodore Holland Viola Prize and the John Ireland, Vivian Dunn and Herbert Craxton Prizes for Chamber Music.
A keen chamber musician, Felix was a member of the Badke Quartet before joining the Brodowski Quartet, with whom he won the Royal Overseas League Competition and Val Tidone International Chamber Music Competition in Italy. They have held residences at the Anvil Concert Hall in Basingstoke, Warwick School and Bristol University where they worked closely with the composer John Pickard.
Felix has enjoyed a varied freelance career alongside being a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra since 2013. He has performed all over the world with various orchestras including the Aurora Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Opera North and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. He has also worked with artists such as Jools Holland, Kate Rusby, Massive Attack, Tim Minchin and is a member of Tango Siempre.
Rachel lives in Glasgow and enjoys a varied freelance career as a soloist and chamber musician. Originally from Holmfirth in West Yorkshire, she studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Peter Lissauer and James Clark, and subsequently at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Alexander Janiczek. In addition to winning the major prizes and scholarships during her studies, in 2011 Rachel was selected as a Young Artist in Residence at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
As a chamber musician Rachel performs regularly with groups including the Kapten Trio, Spencer-Strachan Duo, and the Assembly Project and she has appeared with artists including Benjamin Grosvenor, David Watkin and Susan Tomes.
Passionate about music education, Rachel has been an artist for outreach scheme Live Music Now since 2011, a position which has seen her lead music projects across the UK, Denmark and the Middle East.