‘Exceptionally talented’   BBC Music Magazine

‘A dream of a string ensemble’  Desmond Carrington, BBC Radio 2

The Pavão Quartet’s impressive 16-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.

A CD of encore repertoire, Someone to Watch Over Me, launched their increasingly successful recording career, leading to extended radio play on Classic FM, Radio 3 and Radio 2, including on Michael Parkinson’s show and ‘Friday Night is Music Night’. A disc of quartets by Bax and 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.

The Pavao Quartet’s reputation has gone ahead of them; their CDs are regularly played on classical radio stations in countries they have not yet visited, including Australia and SIngapore. They recorded a CD with Craig Ogden called ‘The Guitarist’, which reached no. 1 in the Classical Charts. 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.

Although the great canon of music for string quartet is at the heart of their being, you are just as likely to hear the Pavaos playing on Radio 1 as on Classic FM. They have played with many singers in the pop and rock worlds, live and on recordings. At the same time as playing on albums at the top of the Classical Charts, they had also recorded on albums topping the Pop Charts, by Adele, Noel Gallagher, Cee-Lo Green and Emeli Sande. The Pavaos have performed with singers as diverse as Sir Willard White, Andrew Kennedy, Janis Kelly, Hayley Westenra, Katherine Jenkins, Elaine Paige, Aled Jones, Victoria Hart, Russell Watson, Paul Weller, Charlotte Church, Pink, Celine Dion, Sir Paul McCartney, The Script and Bryan Adams (who took the cover photo of their Elgar album).

The Quartet has enjoyed collaborating with jazz musicians including pianist Dom Alldis and saxophonist Iain Ballamy, and enjoyed performing in Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. 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.

The group currently holds a 3-year residency with Bournemouth Chamber Music Society and have recently signed an exclusivity management contract for Portugal with ArtWay – Artists Management Ltd.