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The Medea Quartet was formed in 1991 at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where a tradition of string quartet playing has prevailed for many decades. The association with the RAM continued through a Levershulme Fellowship award which allowed them to continue studies with members of the Amadeus Quartet. In October 1993 the Medea became Quartet-in-Residence at the University of York, one of the most prestigious posts open to a string quartet in the UK.  Following attendance at a masterclass given by the Borodin Quartet in 1992, the Medeas commenced a strong association with Russian music, and this led to an invitation to participate in the Borodin's competition in St. Petersburg, in which they were awarded the bronze medal.

During 1993, the members of the quartet studied in Budapest with the Bartok Quartet and also at the Britten-Pears School.

The Medea Quartet gave a highly acclaimed world premiere of Mathias' Third Quartet, which led to their recording of all three quartets for Metier. This is very much in keeping with the quartet's commitment to and enthusiasm for contemporary music.
CD details:

MSVCD 92005 Mathias: String Quartets