Winners of the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League competition and the 2019 Bordeaux competition, the Marmen Quartet is emerging as one of the most interesting voices on the scene. It won Second Prize at the 8th International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition, as well as the Special Prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary work (Four Quarters by Thomas Adès). Founded in 2013 at the Royal College of Music, London, the Marmen Quartet consists of Johannes Marmen (violin), Ricky Gore (violin), Bryony Gibson-Cornish (viola) and Steffan Morris (cello).
As the current holder of the Guildhall School of Music String Quartet Fellowship, it is based in London where it studies with Simon Rowland-Jones and John Myerscough. The members are also completing a Master of Chamber Music with Oliver Wille at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. During 2015-17 the quartet was the inaugural winner of Music In The Round’s “Bridge” Scheme, which supported concerts in the north of England and mentoring with the late Peter Cropper.
The Marmen Quartet has appeared on Swedish Radio and BBC Radio 3. It has received awards from the Musicians Company/Concordia Foundation, the Hattori Foundation, Help Musicians, as well as the Royal Philharmonic Society Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize. Festival highlights include performances in Hitzacker, Larzac, Edinburgh Fringe, North Norfolk and Machynlleth. In the upcoming season, the musicians are looking forward to performing the Martinu Concerto with Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, a Beethoven Cycle in Sweden and octet performances with the Doric String Quartet.