Pavão String Quartet
the talented Pavão Quartet never resort to superficial gimmicks, offering playing that is extremely assured with a meticulous sense of ensemble.
BBC Music Magazine
Intoxicating warmth and emotional spontaneity that is irresistible... velvet-toned, beguilingly responsive playing.
A dream of a string ensemble
BBC Radio 2
4 finer musicians you could not come across
Classic FM Radio
The Pavão Quartet's impressive 17-year journey has so far included a Grammy Award, 5-star reviews, worldwide radio play, Classical no.1s, Royalty, rock stars, and taken them to both the Wigmore Hall and the Wailing Wall.
The Pavão formed in 1998 at the Royal Academy of Music, where they won many prizes individually and as an ensemble, culminating in their appointment as Chamber Music Fellows for two years. Classical recitals delightfully increased their knowledge of the highways and byways of the British Isles, besides taking them to the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Symphony Hall in Birmingham, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, Gateshead’s Sage and Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.
In addition to an intensive UK schedule, their concert tours have also given them opportunities to observe the skyscrapers of New York and the Great Wall of China, the Arabian desert and Jerusalem’s ‘Wailing Wall’, and an arc of European cities from Lisbon to Warsaw.
Their first album, Someone to Watch Over Me, launched their increasingly successful recording career, reaching n. 1 on HMV’s classical charts and leading to extended radio play on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 2. A disc of quartets by A. Bax and E. Elgar was welcomed as ‘a real winner’ from ‘an ensemble of real depth and musical distinction’ (Classic FM Magazine), with ‘plenty of energy, precision and clarity’ (BBC Music Magazine) and ‘an intoxicating warmth and emotional spontaneity’ (The Strad Magazine). Music Web International christened it disc of the month, ‘an unqualified success – a real must-have!’ Their Christmas Collection for Breakthrough Breast Cancer also became the soundtrack of Christmas for many people, on both disc and radio.
Apart from their own five albums, they have also collaborated in the studio with other artists, having recorded, amongst others, a CD with Craig Ogden entitled 'The Guitarist', which reached no. 1 in the Classical Charts and the 'Light and Gold' CD they recorded with Eric Whitacre reached no. 1 in the Classical Charts on both sides of the Atlantic simultaneously, and won a Grammy award in 2012.
The Pavão’s experience in the studio has led to them recording for TV, the West End and film; recording music for Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rick Stein's cookery series, and even the X-Factor.
Although the great canon of music for string quartet is at the heart of their being, you are just as likely to hear Pavaos playing on BBC Radio 1 as on Classic FM.
They have played with many singers in the pop and rock worlds, live and on recordings. Names like Adele, Noel Gallagher, Katie Melua, Celine Dion, Sir Paul McCartney, Bryan Adams, P. Diddy, to name just a few. Other collaborations include Jazz artists and venues like saxofonist Tim Garland and trumpet player Guy Barker and Ronnie Scotts’ Jazz Club in London.
Previous sponsors have included the British Council, Jaguar, and the legendary Sir Richard Branson. They have also had the privilege of performing, in more than one occasion, the wonderful Mendelssohn Octet on a group of eight Stradidarius instruments on loan from the Royal Academy of Music. They also consider of extreme importance the work within the community and so frequently take part in outreach projects in schools, hospices, hospitals, amongst others.