As viola player in the Maggini quartet and working with musicians he’s known for over 30 years, Martin Outram has a unique take on what it means to collaborate as a small, committed chamber ensemble. He has fascinating insights into the quartet’s way of working together and how it has changed and developed over the years so that it benefits everyone in the group. He talks about how they become aware of each other’s triggers for nerves so that they can support each other, and the particular dynamic between the quartet and the audience.

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Formed in 1988, the Maggini Quartet is one of the finest British string quartets.  Its acclaimed recordings have won international awards including Gramophone Chamber Music Award of the Year, Diapason d’Or of the Year and a Cannes Classical Award, and have twice been nominated for Grammy Awards. The Quartet’s most recent project has been recording the complete Mendelssohn quartet cycle for Meridian Records.

The Maggini Quartet’s commitment to new music has led to important commissions including works by James MacMillan, Robert Simpson, Eleanor Alberga and Roxanna Panufnik. Their unique collaboration with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, performing and recording his ten ‘Naxos Quartets’, was hailed as “a 21st century landmark”.

The Maggini Quartet appears frequently in prestigious concert series at home and abroad and makes regular media broadcasts. Recent international visits have included Dubai, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany and France. They also have an annual summer tour in Norway and will be returning to Denmark for a major tour in 2017.

The Magginis are renowned for their interpretations of British Repertoire and The Glory of the English String Quartet continues to be an important ongoing initiative, drawing upon the wonderful repertoire which the Quartet is committed to bringing to a worldwide audience.

In addition to their concert activity, the members of the Quartet have an international reputation as chamber music coaches. They hold several UK residencies and have worked at the UK’s senior music institutions.

As well as being the viola player of the Maggini Quartet, Martin Outram appears frequently as a soloist. Since making his Royal Festival Hall concerto debut with the London Mozart Players, notable solo appearances have included the broadcast premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Strathclyde Concerto No.5 with the composer conducting and the first concert performance of Britten’s Portrait No.2 in London and on tour with Martyn Brabbins and Sinfonia 21 in Russia. He was the soloist in rare performances of the Maconchy Romanza with the Ambache Chamber Orchestra and the Dale Romance with Vernon Handley conducting.

Martin’s recordings for Naxos of all the music for viola and piano by Bax plus a disc of English Viola Sonatas with Julian Rolton received wide critical acclaim. He served on the jury for the 2003 Tertis Competition and is a member of this competition’s Executive Committee. Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he has been a professor since 1984.