This string quartet concert celebrates two major Russian composers from different generations; Dimitri Shostakovich and his favourite pupil and life-long friend Boris Tischenko. At this concert Tischenko’s Fifth String quartet will be performed alongside Shostakovich’s Third.

The Villiers Quartet is winner of the 2015 Radcliffe Chamber Music Competition, and holds the position of Quartet-in-Residence at Oxford University’s Faculty of Music, and feature in the Oxford University Faculty of Music Concert Season. In addition to their work at Oxford University, the VQ has presented masterclasses at Dartmouth College, the University of Nottingham, Syracuse University, Goshen College, and Indiana University South Bend. The VQ is also Quartet-in-Residence at Nottingham High School, where they direct an extensive chamber music programme for young students. The Villiers Quartet are managed internationally through Mary Kaptein Artists.

Also on the programme are two string quartets by British and American living composers: David Matthews and Nors S. Josephson. Matthews is a highly regarded British composer, an author of thirteen string quartets. Nors S. Josephson is a Professor of Music from the West Coast of America, but now lives in Germany. The concert includes his only string quartet.


Dmitri Shostakovich     String Quartet no. 3 in F, Op. 73

Nors S. Josephson     String Quartet        (2005)


David Matthews         String Quartet No. 8

Boris Tischenko         String Quartet No. 5     (1984)


The Villiers Quartet


James Dickenson – violin

Tamaki Higashi – violin

Carmen Flores – viola

Nicholas Stringfellow – cello