The combination of string quartet with double bass has opened up a richness of tone and distinct soundscape that the Elan Quintet has dedicated itself 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 Elan Quintet comprises Benjamin Scherer Quesada (violin), Lelia Iancovici (violin), Julia Chu-Ying Hu (viola), Salvador Bolón (cello), and Matthew Baker (double bass), and was formed in Valencia in 2014, its members 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, the Berlin Radio Symphony, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Les Arts Florissants, and the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as in recitals at Carnegie Hall and the Palau de la Musica, 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