The Bergersen Quartet is a dynamic string ensemble specialising in the performance and recording of music by living composers.
Formed in 2007, the quartet's first major performance was the 2008 premiere of Peter Copley’s ‘Gridshell Symphonies’, written for an octet of string quartet plus trombone quartet. The following year the Bergersen Quartet studied in Romania under eminent composers Ana-Maria Avram and Iancu Dumitrescu, making it one of just a handful of quartets in the world trained in the extraordinary techniques of ‘Spectral’ music. They subsequently performed to great acclaim in the 2009 ‘Spectrum XXI’ International Spectral Music Festival at the Warehouse and LSO St Luke’s, London, and again in the 2011 Festival at Conway Hall and LSO St Luke’s.
2010 was focussed towards projects with artist and filmmaker Marco Sanges, musical theatre composer Craig Adams for the Keiran Sheehan Dance Theatre, and recordings with jazz artist Dave Holland.
The Bergersen Quartet thrive on new and interesting collaborations. 2011 saw performances at the Barbican with the American/Australian group Clogs as part of the Steve Reich ‘Reverberations’ concert series, and accompanying American singer-songwriter Shara Worden – ‘My Brightest Diamond’ – for the UK leg of her 2011 tour.
All accomplished musicians, the members of the Bergersen Quartet record regularly for film, TV and pop at all of the top London studios. Quartet sessions include TV ‘library’ albums for KPM / EMI Production Music, The Samaritans’ ‘Songs to Save a Life’ compilation, and string parts for acclaimed singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner's latest album ‘Write it on Your Skin’, released on Sony, that went straight into the UK album charts at number one. 2011 also saw them record the strings for The Franks’ latest album, and the soundtrack to Stephen Soucy’s short film ‘Slant’, written for quartet and piano by Terry Davies, as featured in the LA Short Film Festival.
The Quartet began 2012 recording for the forthcoming album by Clement Marfo and the Frontline (Warner Music), and then recording the entire musical 'Lift' for composer / songwriter Craig Adams. Live performances so far this year have included a series of multi-media concerts for the Brighton Fringe Festival, with music by Peter Copley accompanying prose by Mark C Hewitt. The Quartet most recently performed a concert of live world fusion, playing exciting new pieces by Richard Norris, Simon Speare, Ed Barker, Graham Fitkin, Brian Lock, David Simon, Craig Adams and Longfellow with internationally acclaimed soloists Mark van der Weil (clarinet), Nishi Maholtra (vocals), Ashiq Hussain (tabla) and Phuong Nguyen (accordion).
The Quartet is currently preparing three recordings for release – pieces by Terry Davies, Simon Redfern and Roger May – which have all been written for, or dedicated to them. Additionally, Brinch’s String Quartet no.2 is now released on worldwide distribution for Claudio Records and is also available on HD DVD-Audio.
"I booked the Bergersen quartet for the string sessions on our 'Funk and Disco' album for KPM as they are highly professional, versatile players who are capable of generating a big, rich sound and who are used to working in a professional studio environment. They worked very hard, and we were very pleased with the results"
Rob Kelly, Managing Director of Strongroom Productions Ltd, Director of Business Development for the AIR Studios group.
"We can only praise their professionalism and devotion as they delivered the highest standard of performance"
"Bergersen Quartet always attack new writing with passion, attention to detail and most importantly a huge commitment. It is always a huge pleasure hearing them bring your work to life."