The Bergersen Quartet is a dynamic string ensemble specialising in the performance and recording of music by living composers. Established in 2007, BQ is a groundbreaking British contemporary ensemble. Promoting new music of all genres, the Quartet have had many works dedicated to them and have premiered more than 30 new works in the last year alone.
BQ's busy performing schedule sees them playing sell-out concerts throughout the UK. They particularly love quirky venues such as Brighton's Old Police Cells (Brighton Fringe) and Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Grand Entrance Hall to the Thames Tunnel, but are equally at home on London's world class stages – including the Barbican (Steve Reich Reverberations Series), LSO St Luke's (International Spectral Festival) and the Palladium (with West End star Kerry Ellis and legendary Queen guitarist Brian May).
The Bergersen Quartet frequently collaborate on projects with respected artists – from musicians and filmmakers to dancers and poets. Recent collaborative work includes: ‘String Quartet Plus’ (a series of concerts premiering 14 works, by nine composers, all written for quartet plus other instruments); ‘Opposites React’ (a world fusion music concert curated by British composer Richard Norris); East meets West (at London's Asian Music Centre); jazz with composer Paul Hart and pianist Mike Hatchard; and ‘Different Trains, Distant Memories’ (a multi-arts collaboration based around Steve Reich's iconic 'Different Trains'). BQ are one of a handful of quartets in the world trained in the extraordinary techniques of ‘spectral’ music, regularly performing with the Hyperion Ensemble, an international group run by groundbreaking Romanian composers Ana-Maria Avram and Iancu Dumitrescu.
Away from the concert platform, the Quartet are in demand as recording artists too. Credits include: pop sessions for Sony (Newton Faulkner), Warner (Clement Marfo and the Frontline), and independent releases for Bajan jazz singer Zeeteah, Scottish singer Katie Sutherland, and composer / pianist Josh Winiberg; library music for KPM / EMI and Audio Network; the musical ‘Lift’ by Craig Adams; plus soundtracks for the international short films ‘Slant’, ‘Woman in Fragments’ and ‘Lancaster Movie’. The Quartet have also released classical recordings for the Claudio Records label and are currently preparing a major release for their own label, Blue Jelly Records.
Alongside performing, the Bergersen Quartet are committed educationalists – regularly coaching string quartet playing and compositional techniques to university level. They are visiting professors to the composition department at the Junior Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and are currently part of an International Research project on performance practice at the London College of Music.
2014 saw BQ return to the Plymouth Contemporary Music Festival – this time to premiere groundbreaking neuro-music by scientist / composer Eduardo Miranda, plus Steve Davismoon’s piece for string quartet and piano ‘Glory Streams’. London’s Music Tech Fest was a first for the Quartet last year, providing another chance to perform Eduardo Miranda’s (newly revised) work alongside premieres for singer Gaynor O’Flynn (who used brain probes that triggered a light show during the performance) and a presentation for Neoscores (the UK unveiling of their digital score software). Last year’s recording work included the much anticipated album for singer Kerry Ellis, an award-nominated short film ‘Siren’, and further recordings for Audio Network.
"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."