Ireland's National String Quartet

Artists in Residence to University College, Cork - Lecturers in Chamber Music at DIT Conservatory, Dublin

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Please support our annual fundraising concert for the Vanbrugh Quartet Scholarship Fund. The Fund supports the chamber music masterclasses at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival which have had a formative impact on well over one hundred of Ireland's most talented young musicians over the past fifteen years. More information and a list of past beneficiaries is on our Fund page

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VQ Concert Tickets 7th June 2014

Since taking first prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Vevey, Switzerland in 1999, pianist Finghin Collins enjoys a flourishing career that embraces Ireland, Europe, the United States and Asia. He makes a major contribution to musical life in his native Ireland, where he is Artistic Director of the New Ross Piano Festival and Music for Galway

Aoife Nic Athlaoich has performed at London’s Royal Festival Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York.  A member of the London Mozart Players and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, she has worked with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Avison Ensemble and La Serenissima.


Cork born viola player Cian Ó Dúill has performed with the Vanbrugh, Carducci and Calino String Quartets, the Avalon Ensemble, Chroma and The Crash Ensemble. He has played in chamber music recitals with Anthony Marwood, Howard Shelley, Patricia Rozario, Natalie Clein, Benjamin Frith, and with members of the Leopold String Trio, the Nash Ensemble and the Schubert Ensemble.


The Vanbrugh Quartet launches

The National String Quartet Foundation

We are delighted to announce the formation of the National String Quartet Foundation. The Foundation will promote the performance of string quartet music in Cork City and County as well as nationally; it will create a variety of other projects in music education at school and community level and at elite national level that will engender growth and underpin the performance of classical music in Ireland. Future generations will benefit from such forward thinking, and potentially more and more ambitious projects will be funded by the Foundation’s growing reputation. We are working with partner institutions, including UCC, to develop relationships which will support the long-term objectives of the National String Quartet Foundation.

For the first time in several decades there is no funded string quartet based in our city. The Cork-based RTE Residency pioneered by Aloys Fleischmann in the 1950s has been a fantastic asset to the cultural life of Cork City and County and as holders of the position from 1986 until 2013, we are seeking an alternative funding model not only to enable us to continue and expand our local and national work but to establish a strong framework for others to continue that work in the future.



Our sincere thanks to the City of Cork Symphony Orchestra and to all those who helped make our launch concerts in City Hall such a success. Thanks especially to everyone who supported us by attending the concerts or by making donations to the Foundation. We will keep these pages updated as the Foundation develops

Short tour of USA starting April 30th, concerts in University of Connecticut and Virginia Tech. Kindly supported by

April 25th - 27th, Vanbrugh Quartet in studio recording quartets by John Kinsella for release on Toccata Classics. Quartet Nos.3, 4 and 5 plus 'Synthesis'. Andrew Keener producing.
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