We are very pleased to be welcoming the renowned Navarra String Quartet from the UK to the Four Winds 2016 Festival.

The Navarra String Quartet has built an international reputation as one of the world’s most dynamic and poetic string quartets. They have been recognised with several awards including the MIDEM Classique Young Artist Award, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and prizes at the Banff, Melbourne and Florence International String Quartet competitions.


The Quartet consists of violinist Magnus Johnston, violist Simone van der Giessen, violinist Marije Johnston and cellist Brian O’Kane – between them the members of the Navarra Quartet have impressive musical résumés. All are eminent in their fields and were drawn together from across Europe by a love for chamber music and a desire to showcase it at the highest level.

The Navarra Quartet has appeared in major concert venues throughout the world, at numerous international festivals and collaborated with some truly wonderful musicians such as Li-Wei Qin, Jack Liebeck and Guy Johnston.

The Navarra String Quartet will be performing Ravel’s String Quartet on the morning of Saturday 26th March in the Four Winds outdoor Sound Shell. They will also be performing on the evenings of both Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March as part of the indoor ‘Windsong Chamber Series’ set to run across the three evenings of the Festival. The Navarra Quartet’s ‘Close to Home’ intimate House Concert performance on Thursday 24th March is already SOLD OUT.

Below is a short video introduction to the Quartet put together by the Banff International String Quartet Competition:

And a taste of what’s to come during their Four Winds performances:

For more details on the Navarra String Quartet’s 2016 Four Winds Festival performances, click here.

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