About

 

The musicians

Benjamin Scherer - violin

Benjamin Scherer Quesada was born in 1979 in Königstein/Taunus, Germany and has lived in Spain, France, and Holland.

Lelia Iancovici - violin

A native of Bucharest, Lelia Iancovici began playing the violin at age seven. She has received awards including first prizes at the “Concorso Internazionale di Musica Isola di Capri” (Italy),

Julia Hu - viola

Taiwanese – American vioist, Julia Chu – Ying Hu, has been a permanent member of the Orquestra de la Communitat Valenciana since 2006.

Salvador Bolón - cello

Salvador Bolón began his studies at Musikene (Spain) with Asier Polo and Maria Casado where he obtained the highest possible marks in cello studies as well as studies in chamber music and string quartets.

Matthew Baker - double bass

Matthew Baker began his professional career in double bass at the early age of 13 as section, and later principal, double bass of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.

The Elan Quintet

The Elan Quintet began from a combination of performance experience in lyric, symphonic, and chamber music shared between its members, all musicians in the opera orchestra of the Palau de les Arts. The combination of string quartet with double bass has opened up a richness of tone and distinct soundscape that the Elan Quintet has dedicated to exploring, celebrating works by renowned compos- ers such as Schubert, Dvorak, and Piazzola, working with contemporary artists in creating new works for string quintet, and rediscovering forgotten masterpieces by composers such as Onslow and Bridge.

Described as a “delicious discovery” (Las Provincias) and “playing of great charm” (Gramophone Magazine) the Elan Quintet has recorded and performed with Gram- my award winning composer Claudia Montero for her 2016 CD “Irremediablemente Buenos Aires” as well as for international clarinet soloist Joan Enric Lluna.

 

The George Onslow Quintet Cycle

In 2015, the quintet began their project with Naxos to record the little known string quin- tets of George Onslow.

In 2015, the Elan Quintet began a project with Naxos Records to record the cycle of 34 string quintets by Anglo-French composer, George Onslow (1784-1853). Onslow was, in his era, a very well respected composer, known as the French Beethoven and close friends with Berlioz and Schumann. However, through the ages his chamber works were nearly forgotten and his string quintets have been all but neglected.

Naxos Records and the Elan Quintet are endeavoring to bring these beautiful mas- terpieces back to life in a cycle of 16 CDs. The undertaking has had an enthusiastic response to the rst installment with Music Web International calling it a “must buy” and “wonderfully clear performance”.

“In every way outstanding”

– David Denton, Yorkshire Evening Post

 

“A delicious discovery”

– César Rus, Las Provincias

 

“Their tonal quality is ravishing, their ensemble perfect”

– David Barker, Music Web International

 

“The Elan Quintet triumphs with their ravishing sound…and their emotional intensity”

– Jordi Caturla González, Ritmo

 

“Brilliant playing all round”

– Jerry Dubins, Fanfare Magazine

 

 

 

The group’s performance here captures the subtle shades and shifting dynamics with great lyricism:

sagacious, thoughtful and expressive

Rob Nairn, Bass World (International Society of Bassists)