Two Scots, Two Spaniards, Four Bassoons...
Whilst studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Victoria Lopez, Gillian Horn, Ana Rodriguez Garcia and Rhiannon Carmichael, formed a close friendship which quickly transfigured into a chamber group ensemble.
These Scottish/Spanish musicians have four distinct musical voices which they will often use to represent the different sections of the orchestra, yet they will snap back to a unique blend of sound instantly when required. Always endeavouring to explore many styles of music, every performance from the Genovia Quartet is unique and can be tailored to suit a variety of platforms - traditional concert hall, cosy pub, celebration gathering, corporate event. Whether you favour baroque, contemporary classical, or perhaps some jazz, folk and free improvisation, this quartet will take you on a whirlwind musical adventure.
The Genovia Quartet trained with leading professional bassoonists such as David Hubbard (Royal Scottish National Orchestra) and Alison Green (Scottish Chamber Orchestra). Within the conservatoire they were awarded Highly Commended in the Governor’s Recital Prize for Chamber Music (2017), and subsequently won the Mary D. Adams Prize for achievement in Chamber Music.
In 2017, Genovia gave recitals in their hometown of Glasgow at both Westbourne Music and the West End Festival and are delighted to have been invited back to both for the 2018 season. In March 2018 they performed a recital in Leeds College of Music (as part of Leeds International Concert Season) after taking part in Enterprise Music Scotland's Creative Exchange residency in Crear, Argyll. The Genovia Quartet are artists at Live Music Now Scotland and relish the varied performance opportunities this allows - from outreach work to recitals including the Usher Hall, Edinburgh.
The Genovia Quartet gave their Spanish debut this August, performing a series of recitals around Granada culminating in a highly acclaimed performance at the prestigious International Double Reed Society annual conference.