The Brodsky quartet have taught at many international chamber music courses and have held residencies in several music institutes including, at the start of their career, the first such post at the University of Cambridge and latterly at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where they are visiting International Fellows in Chamber Music. They were awarded Honorary Doctorates by the
University of Kent and an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Teesside, where they were founded. The quartet took their name from the great Russian violinist Adolf Brodsky, the dedicatee of Tchaikovsky's violin concerto and a passionate chamber musician.
Krysia Osostowicz plays a violin made by Francesco Gofriller, 1720; Ian Belton’s violin is by Giovanni Paolo Maggini, c.1615. Paul Cassidy plays on La Delfina viola, c.1720, courtesy of Sra. Delfina Entrecanales and Jacqueline Thomas’s cello is by Thomas Perry of Dublin, 1785.
In his long career, Richard Tunnicliffe has distinguished himself as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player in both the "modern" and "historical" fields. He is also a member of the historical performance faculty at the Royal College of Music. His large discography includes works from the 16th century to the present day and his recordings of the Cello Concerti by John Garth (Avison
Ensemble, Divine Art) and the Bach cello suites (Linn Records) have been highly praised by critics and broadcast frequently.
The programme was:
Borodin, Alexander: Scherzo in D major from Les Vendredis
Shostakovich, Dmitri: String Quartet No 10 in A flat major, Op 118
Schubert, Franz: String Quintet in C major, D 956