The Dante Quartet was founded by Krysia Osostowicz in 1995, its name inspired by the idea of an epic journey. The quartet has appeared at major UK festivals and concert societies, as well as in numerous European countries, and has a strong following in Japan.
The recipient of multiple awards, including the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Chamber Music, a Diapason d’Or and a BBC Music Magazine Award, the ensemble has recorded works by Kodály, Smetana, Janáček, Sibelius, Fauré, Debussy and Ravel, and is currently recording Stanford’s complete quartets. Other current projects include the cycle of 15 Shostakovich string quartets and a series of performances of Beethoven’s Quartet Journey, an innovative Beethoven cycle.
The quartet is also committed to teaching, and has a long-standing connection with King’s College, Cambridge, as well as giving annual chamber music courses in England and France. The ensemble also runs its own thriving Dante Summer Festival in the Tamar Valley (www.dantefestival.org).