Praised for their warm sound and powerful stage presence, the Esmé Quartet was formed at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, Germany by four Korean musicians that were long ago acquainted with each other as friends.
They shared common interests and passions in music, the arts, and life. After working together for a trial period by playing together as a quartet, they were quickly awarded the first prize in the annual internal Hochschule Köln’s Chamber Music Competition. Since then, the members decided to work together on a permanent basis, and devoted their energy and passion into transforming their musical and interpretive goals into a working reality.
Each of the players has credentials as a soloist, so the Esmé Quartet brings together four strong musical personalities with a shared background who now form a cohesive, close-knit unit that is passionately dedicated to the string quartet repertoire. The ensemble takes its name from an Old French word meaning ‘loved‘ or ‘esteemed‘.
Now in its sixteenth season, the Portsmouth Chamber Music Series brings world-class musicians to the city. In partnership with Music in the Round and the Guildhall Trust, we present the finest music in informal surroundings where you are never more than a few metres from the performers.