LONDON STRING QUARTET
Since Albert Sammons led the London String Quartet to worldwide acclaim from its inception in 1908, the title was among the elite of string quartets with Warwick Evans and William Primrose enhancing its reputation during the 1930s in the United States. In 1958 Warwick Evans, the cellist and founder of the group, passed on the title to another much revered cellist, Douglas Cameron, the name at last finding its way back to London. Carl Pini himself led the Quartet from 1960 until 1968 when he moved to Sydney to form the Carl Pini Quartet. He was Leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra from 1975 until 1983 when he returned to Sydney as artistic director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Also a first violinist in the Philharmonia and with a chamber music background was Benedict Cruft, a member of a prominent musical family. He returned to London in June 2013 from Hong Kong, where from 2003–2013 he was the Dean of the School of Music of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. The viola player Ruşen Güneş studied at the Ankara State Conservatory, and in the USA with William Primrose. He was Principal Viola of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Cellist Roger Smith, who died in 2014, was Maurice Gendron’s assistant at the Menuhin School, and a member of the Academy of St Martins Octet.
[Adapted from a concert programme for a recital by these artists at the Queen Elisabeth Hall, London, January 5th, 1980]