filmed in the Hungarian Cultural Institute in London during lockdown, November 2020
was formed in 2020 by four close friends, whose international careers meant that it was only the seismic events of this year that gave them the opportunity to make music together.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
Described by the Strad magazine as playing ‘with a sense of enchantment’, Ellie Fagg enjoys a varied career performing around the world as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player.
Her love of chamber music began at the age of seven at Pro Corda and she went on to lead the National Youth Orchestra in 2001. She studied at the Royal College of Music as an Associated Board Scholar and won coveted awards from MBF and Countess of Munster.
She has appeared regularly at the Wigmore Hall with the Scottish Ensemble and Aurora Orchestra and at Kings Place with her Jazz-Classical fusion group, Living Room in London.
Ellie has toured extensively with the LSO and with European Camerata. With the Puertas Quartet she has made three tours of New Zealand and recorded two CDs on Atoll records to critical acclaim.
Tom graduated from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and went on to study in Banff, Canada before joining the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as Principal 2nd Violin.
Since returning to London, Tom has been a principal violinist of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Alongside life in the orchestra, Tom has collaborated with countless musicians, ranging from the Schubert Ensemble to Roger Daltrey and The Who. He has recorded with Nanci Griffith, Elvis Costello and Andrea Bocelli, and formed the Puertas Quartet, who’s debut CD was critics choice in the Strad Magazine.
Tom is also a singer, songwriter and composer, writing for TV and film. He released his debut album, Edge Of The World, in 2009.
Orlando Jopling is a conductor and cellist.
His conducting work has ranged from guest music staff and conducting positions at the Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet and English National Ballet, to a huge range of orchestral repertoire with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the Irish Chamber Orchestra among many others, both on the concert platform and in the recording studio.
He loves collaboration and has created experimental new work with theatre companies, dancers and choreographers, poets, school pupils, students, folk musicians, global superstars like Sinead O'Connor, and visual artists.
Dorothea Vogel (Viola) was born in Switzerland and studied with Rudolf Weber in Winterthur.
After winning first prize in the Swiss Youth Competition, Dorothea won scholarships to study with Paul Coletti at the Peabody Institute, USA, and with David Takeno and Micaela Comberti at the Guildhall School in London, where she graduated with the coveted Concert Recital Diploma.
She was a founder member of the Amar Quartet and has been a member of the Allegri quartet for ten years.
Dorothea has played the baroque viola in the Kings Consort and Florilegium and has been both principal viola in the Gustav Mahler Orchestra and the World Youth Orchestra in Israel.
She has appeared as a soloist with the Zurich Kammerorchester and at London's Wigmore Hall. She teaches Chamber Music at Pro Corda.
Her viola is by Ludovico Rastelli, Genoa, circa 1800.