Music Recital - Atem Quartet

  • Venue


  • Time

    3:15 PM

  • Price

    FREE (Retiring collection)

Free music recital



Henry Purcell, Fantasia No.6 & 7 for String Quartet

Schubert, String Quartet, C minor, D703


Beethoven, String Quartet, G major, Opus 18, No.2



All coming from very different parts of the world, the Atem String Quartet members count themselves very privileged to study at the Royal Academy of Music where they met and practice together. Just two weeks after having formed the quartet in September 2021, they won the Royal Academy of Music’s Frost-Asset Scheme.

As a group, they aim to share their enthusiasm and incite audiences on- and offline for the genre string quartet, stands in the epicentre of their work. By being a very diverse and young group, the Atem String Quartet exhibits an extremely exciting and innovative approach to interpretations.

Dedicated to the composers’ true intentions, the quartet aspire to share their knowledge about the historical performance practice with their audiences at the same extent as they are focussing on pieces of their musical colleagues, i.e., works from current, living composers. Thus, they are positioned to build an invigorating bridge between the epochs and deepening of the recipients’ musical knowledge.

1st violinist, Isabel Gräfin Pachta, born in 1996, in Germany, began playing the violin at age 3 with the Suzuki Method. As a pre-student she studied with Prof. Herwig Zack (Würzburg Conservatory) and Prof. Anke Dill (Stuttgart Conservatory). She did her Bachelor at the Zurich Conservatory, with Prof. Ulrich Gröner. She was privileged to earn scholarships to study with Prof. Ofer Falk at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire. In London, she won competitions like the Vivian Joseph Classical Concerto Competition, a place in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Kirill Karabits, and the Munich Chamber Orchestra “DaCapo” conducted by Franz Schottky. Since 2021, Isabel is a student of Prof. Michael Foyle at the Royal Academy of Music.

At the age of just 12, Nikolaus, born in 1996, in Germany, became a student of Prof. Petru Munteanu. After concluding his studies with him at the University of Augsburg, Germany, he starts having lessons with the well-known soloist Prof. Remus Azoitei, with whom he is currently pursuing his Master degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London. An award winner of numerous international competitions, Nikolaus, has been a permanent member of Augsburg’s Concertino Ensemble, in which he earned precious experience as a chamber musician and as a soloist.

Violist Wanshu Qui, born in 1998, in China, has performed extensively in festivals such as the Shanghai Viola Festival, Baroque Music Festival, London Jazz Festival, Manchester International Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival and Slaithwaite Ensemble’s China Tour. A graduate with honours from the Royal Northern College of Music, Wanshu is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree with a full scholarship.

Cellist Alexander Talaifar’s born in 1997, in California, formal study began at age 4. He immigrated to the United Kingdom at age 12 to attend Wells Cathedral School and Chethams School of Music. During his years of study and travel, he has competed in and won several solo and chamber music competitions such as the York Chamber Music competition and performed at locations such as Wigmore Hall and Kings Place. He currently holds a Master’s degree from the Royal Academy and is pursuing a Professional Diploma.