The combination of string quartet with double bass has opened up a richness of tone and distinct soundscape that the Elan Quintet has dedicated to exploring, celebrating works by renowned composers such as Schubert, Dvořák and Cambini, working with contemporary artists in creating new works for quintet, and rediscovering neglected masterpieces by composers including Onslow and Bridge. The members of the Elan Quintet, Benjamin Scherer Quesada (violin), Lelia Iancovici (violin), Julia Chu-Ying Hu (viola), Dmitri Tsirin (cello), and Matthew Baker (double bass), formed the ensemble in Valencia in 2014 having worked with each other extensively in the opera orchestra of the Palau de les Arts as well as in masterclasses and in chamber music.
As individual musicians they have performed with ensembles such as the Moscow Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra, Les Arts Florissants, and the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as in recitals at Carnegie Hall and the Palau de la Música, Barcelona. The Elan Quintet has recorded and performed with GRAMMY® award-winning Argentinian composer Claudia Montero for her recording Irremediablemente Buenos Aires as well as for the international clarinet soloist, Joan Enric Lluna. They have also collaborated with composer and flamenco jazz pianist Alex Conde Carrasco for the creation of new flamenco compositions in a classical quintet setting.
In 2015 the quintet began their project with Naxos to record the little known string quintets of Georges Onslow.
Photo: Alex Baker