Described by the Sunday Times as “one of the world’s élite ensembles” the Gaudier Ensemble was formed in 1988 by a group of international musicians, founder members of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, who wanted to perform and record the chamber music repertoire for wind, strings and piano. Ever since its first Wigmore Hall appearance, which received extensive critical acclaim, the Ensemble has forged an international reputation as one of the finest mixed chamber ensembles. Its first recording of the Schubert Octet was recommended as first choice for the BBC’s feature “Building a Library”, and its many recordings for the Hyperion label have been regularly recommended in the press.
Its members have distinguished themselves as soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral principals now working with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, English Chamber Orchestra, The Philharmonia, National Orchestra of Wales and Nordeutsche Rundfunk orchestra. A two year residency at Kettle's Yard in the University of Cambridge enabled them to develop their repertoire and establish their distinctive musical identity, before going on to forge an international concert and recording career. A full list of the Gaudier Ensemble's many recordings with Hyperion may be viewed via the website: www.hyperion-records.co.uk. A selection of these recordings will be on sale during the Festival.
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