First Prize winner and Audience Prize winner at the 2017 Trondheim (Norway) International Chamber Music Competition, the Glasgow-based Maxwell Quartet has been hailed for "great communication" (The Strad) and as “brilliantly fresh, unexpected and exhilarating” (The Scottish Herald). The Quartet is now firmly regarded as one of Britain's finest string quartets, with a strong commitment to their folk music heritage and to bringing together wide-ranging projects and programmes to expand the quartet repertoire. 


The Quartet performs regularly across the UK and abroad, including London’s Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and the BBC Proms. Their 2017-18 season included engagements in Denmark, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, France and China. They have held residencies at Oxford University, Perth Concert Hall and many festivals across the UK, including their own Loch Shiel Festival in the Scottish highlands. Their first U.S. tour, nearly a month long, in winter 2019, will include a NYC début on the prestigious Schneider Concert series. Their début CD release, of Haydn and traditional Scottish folk music, will coincide.


The Quartet consists of four great friends who grew up playing classical and folk music together in youth orchestras and music schools across Scotland. Launched in 2010, the Quartet was named the Conservatoire of Scotland's Young Artists in Residence the very next year.


Passionate about partnerships, the Quartet has collaborated with the Danish String Quartet, world-renowned pianists Benjamin Grosvenor and Jeremy Menuhin, the Cryptic Theatre, the Royal Ballet School, the soul duo Lunir, cinematographer Herman Kolgen, and many more. They have also commissioned some of the UK's most dynamic composers including Anna Meredith, Tom Harrold, Mark Simpson and Colin Broom. The quartet regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio Scotland, as well as giving school workshops and children's concerts. 


The Maxwell Quartet was mentored by the Endellion Quartet and Hatto Beyerle, founding member of the Alban Berg Quartet. 


Colin Scobie, 1st violin    George Smith, 2nd violin    Elliott Perks, viola    Duncan Strachan, 'cello




Franz Josepf Haydn (1732-1809)

String Quartet in E-flat major, Op.71 no. 3, Apponyi, Hob.III:71


Andante con moto





Joey Roukens (b.1982)

Visions at Sea (2011) California Premiere


Scottish Folk Music (to be announced from the stage)




Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Quartet in B-flat major, Op.130

Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro


Andante con moto, ma non troppo

Alla danza tedesca, allegro assai

Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo

Grosse Fuge