The Bergersen Quartet is a dynamic string ensemble specialising in the performance and recording of music by living composers. Established in 2007, BQ is one of the UK’s leading contemporary ensembles. 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 at a wide variety of venues around the country. They particularly love quirky venues such as Brighton's Old Police Cells Museum (Brighton Fringe) and the Brunel Museum'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 most recently the Palladium (with West End star Kerry Ellis and legendary Queen guitarist Brian May).
The Bergersen Quartet continually undertake collaborative projects with British and international artists – from filmmakers and world fusion performers to dancers and poets. Recent collaborative works includes include: ‘String Quartet Plus’ – a series of concerts premiering 14 works by 9 composers written for Quartet plus other performers; ‘Opposites React’ – a world fusion music concert curated by British composer Richard Norris; an East / West inspired concert at London's Asian Music Centre; and ‘Different Trains, Distant Memories’ – a multi-arts collaboration based around Steve Reich's iconic 'Different Trains' with a rolling programme of new works written for them. 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 much in demand as recording artists for the film and pop music industries. They continue to build on their credits, most recently pop sessions for Sony (Newton Faulkner) and Warner (Clement Marfo and the Frontline); library music for KPM / EMI; the musical ‘Lift’; plus soundtracks for the short films ‘Slant’ (screened worldwide to great acclaim at major international film festivals), and ‘Lancaster Movie’ (released later this year). 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 also committed educationalists – regularly coaching string quartet playing and compositional techniques at all levels from school to university. They have been visiting professors to the composition department at the Junior Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and are part of an International Research project on performance practice at the London College of Music.
Upcoming work includes a return visit to the Plymouth Contemporary Music Festival, a jazz collaboration with composer Paul Hart and pianist Mike Hatchard, and a major tour of ‘Different Trains, Different Memories’.
"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."