Krysia Osostowicz

Krysia Osostowicz enjoys a busy career as a chamber musician, soloist and teacher. In 1995 she founded the Dante String Quartet which is now recognised as one of Britain’s finest ensembles, winning a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2007. In 2009 the Dante Quartet won the Diapaison d’Or and BBC Music Magazine Award for their recording of quartets by Faure and Franck. They appear at major festivals and concert series in the UK, and have played in Holland, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Poland and Finland. They are also quartet-in-residence at King’s College, Cambridge,

Born in London of Polish descent, Krysia studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, at Cambridge University and in Salzburg with Sandor Vegh. She has given concerto and recital performances throughout Europe and made a series of award-winning recordings for Hyperion. These include the sonatas of Bartok, Brahms and Ravel, and the string quartets of Debussy, Sibelius, Smetana and Kodaly.

Krysia has taught for many years at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and is principal violinist of Endymion Ensemble. Before founding the Dante Quartet, she played with the pioneering piano quartet Domus, which toured the world with its own portable concert hall, a geodesic dome. She has played in concert with artists such as Steven Isserlis, Christoph Richter, Ernst Kovacic, Radu Lupu and Ferenc Rados, and with her quartet she is artistic director of the Dante Summer Festival in the Tamar Valley ( in the West of England.

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