Consone Quartet (GB)
Agata Daraskaite (LT): violin
Magdalena Loth-Hill (GB): violin
Elitsa Bogdanova (BG): viola
George Ross (GB): cello
Formed at the Royal College of Music in London in 2012, the Consone Quartet is dedicated to exploring Classical and early Romantic repertoire on period instruments.
Winners of the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Prize, Consone was awarded two prizes at York International Young Artists Competition in 2015, including a place on the EEEmerging Scheme in France. The quartet successfully got through to the third and final year of the EEEmerging Scheme which offered them a CD recording which will be released in the autumn of 2018 on the Ambronay Label.
The group has performed at London’s Wigmore and Cadogan Halls, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the York and Brighton Early Music Festivals. Consone has travelled to various European countries, most recently to France for the String Quartet Biennial at the Paris Philharmonie and to Bolivia for the Misiones de Chiquitos Early Music Festival.
Other future engagements include a Bach weekend at Cheltenham Festival with Mahan Esfahani, Concerts d’été à St Germain, Geneva and a tour of the north of England and Scotland in 2019.
Lithuanian-Polish violinist Agata started playing the violin at the age of six. A winner of several youth competitions Agata moved to England to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School in 2003. She continued her studies at the RCM where she performed Berg’s violin concerto as a winner of the Concerto Competition. During her Masters Agata took up the baroque violin and has since explored historical repertoire mainly of the Classical and Romantic eras. In 2013 Agata joined Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra. In 2014 she completed her Masters Degree with Distinction and the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Rosebowl Prize, received from Prince Charles.
British-Polish violinist Magdalena Loth-Hill studied at Chetham's School of Music. She continued her studies at the Royal College of Music in London with Itzhak Rashkovsky and Laura Samuel and later with Lucy Russell. Magdalena graduated with Distinction and she was awarded the Mills Williams Junior Fellowship alongside her Artist Diploma studies in baroque violin. At the Royal College of Music, Magdalena performed Bach’s E major concerto the Double Violin Concerto, and with the City of Carlisle Orchestra she played the Mendelssohn and Bruch concertos. Magdalena has worked with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Florilegium, Academy of Ancient Music, The King’s Consort, English Baroque Soloists and Ex Cathedra.
Bulgarian violist, Elitsa Bogdanova studied at the National Music School in Sofia. In 2007 she moved to London to complete her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Rachel Roberts. During her time there, Elitsa developed an interest for historical performance, working with Jane Rogers and Pavlo Beznosiuk. Since graduating, Elitsa has worked with period instrument groups - London Handel Orchestra, Florilegium, Hanover Band, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and La Serenissima. Elitsa has also worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Aurora Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra, the 12 Ensemble and Camerata Alma Viva. Elitsa joined the Consone Quartet in 2016.
George Ross is a British cellist, specialising in period instrument performance, having completed his Master's studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Jaap ter Linden. George has worked with The King's Consort, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hanover Band, Florilegium and La Nuova Musica. George was a student at the Purcell School where he studied with Alexander Boyarsky. He won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music and, whilst continuing to work with Boyarsky on modern cello, also cultivated a passion for the baroque cello, which he studied with Richard Tunnicliffe.