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Award-winning violinist from The Hunger Games soundtrack performs in Leeds

Block-buster violinist Ralph de Souza performs with the Endellion String Quartet as part of its popular annual Spring/Summer residency at The Venue, Leeds College of Music, on Tuesday 14 June.

Ralph de Souza, who has recorded for several Hollywood movies including Maleficent, Paddington, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, In Bruges, Twilight and Billy Elliott, performs as part of Britain’s most established string quartet. The concert sees the Endellion String Quartet perform Haydn’s lesser-known yet vibrant Quartet Op 54, No 2 and Shostakovich’s Quartet No 8 which was written in just three days during the composer’s visit to the remains of Dresden in 1960. The concert also features Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No 3, written in memory of violinist Ferdinand Laub, which is full or rich harmonies, Russian Orthodox chant and Russian folk tunes.

Formed in 1979, the Endellion String Quartet is internationally renowned for its world-class performances, with its schedule seeing the quartet touring across the globe. The quartet has appeared at nearly all the major series and festivals and is regularly broadcast on BBC radio and television. The quartet’s various recordings have also been named Chamber Music Recording of the Year by both the Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, and have seen them win Radio 3’s Critics’ Choice and Editors Choice at the Gramophone Awards.

The Endellion String Quartet has held its popular residency at The Venue in Leeds since 2003, as well as being quartet in Residence at Cambridge University, Associate Quartet of the Royal Northern College of Music and undertaking several short-term residencies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA.


Captivates concertgoers with a remarkable rapport, playing to each other with a sense almost of discovery, communicating to the audience on a level of unusual imtimacy’ Guardian


Tickets for the Endellion String Quartet are priced at £19.50 & £17.50 (discounts available) and can be purchased from the Box Office on 0113 376 0318 or online at


Endellion String Quartet