Crystal Palace String Quartet

Biography

The members of the quartet are all active London freelance musicians and regularly play for orchestras including the English Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Soloists of Covent Garden, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera, Camerata of London and City of London Sinfonia.

Julia Burkert, Violin
Born in Bayreuth, Germany, Julia studied under a full scholarship with Ann Elliott-Goldschmid and the Lafayette Quartet at the University of Victoria in Canada, followed by postgraduate studies with Peter Lissauer at the RSAMD in Glasgow, Scotland.

Alice Butcher, violin
Alice is a highly experienced freelance violinist who works with orchestras such as The National Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The RTE National Symphony Orchestra, as well as the opera orchestras of Carl Rosa, Grange Park and Pimlico Opera.

Chris Brody, viola
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Chris obtained a BA in Music from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. He spent a post-graduate year at the Schaffhausen Konservatorium, Switzerland before coming to London to further his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His teachers have included Herbert Greenberg, Andras von Toszeghi and Simon Rowland-Jones.

Sarah Westley, cello
Since being awarded the title of BBC Young Musician of Hereford and Worcester, Sarah has enjoyed a busy international career as a freelance orchestral, chamber and solo cellist

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