Photo credit:
Kaupo Kikkas

Sara Bitlloch - violin       Simone van der Giessen - viola
Donald Grant - violin      Marie Bitlloch - cello

“Few quartets at any stage of their evolution have this much personality,” claimed the Washington Post of the Elias String Quartet. Formed in 1998 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, the Quartet took its name from Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Elijah (Elias in German), and quickly established itself as one of the leading lights of the younger generation of string quartets. In 2009, it was a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. With the support of the Trust, the Elias Quartet mounted The Beethoven Project, studying and performing all of Beethoven’s string quartets as cycles while sharing their experience through social media and a website ( The project culminated with performances at Wigmore Hall, where all six concerts were recorded live for the hall’s own label. The final volume of their complete Beethoven quartet cycle was recently released. The ensemble’s discography also includes quartets by Mendelssohn and Schumann, as well as piano quintets by Schumann and Dvořák with pianist Jonathan Biss.

First LMMC appearance.


HAYDN                   String Quartet in G major,
(1732-1809)                Opus 77, No. 1 (1799)                
                                      Allegro moderato
                                      Menuet: Presto - Trio
                                      Finale: Presto

MENDELSSOHN   String Quartet in A minor,

(1809-1847)                Opus 13 (1827)
                                      Adagio - Allegro vivace
                                      Adagio non lento
                                      Intermezzo - Allegretto con moto -
                                      Allegro di molto

BEETHOVEN         String Quartet in C-sharp minor,
(1770-1827)                Opus 131 (1826)
                                      Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo
                                      Allegro molto vivace
                                      Allegro moderato
                                      Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile
                                      Adagio quasi un poco andante