Saturday 25th March 2023 | 8.00pm
The Callino Quartet was formed at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in 1999 where they immediately felt a deep musical affinity and gave a critically acclaimed début concert. Since then they have been delighting audiences, both in Ireland and abroad, with their fresh, engaging interpretations and innovative programming.
The Callino Quartet has cultivated a broad and eclectic repertoire. They have collaborated with musicians from across a variety of genres, including Edgar Meyer, Tom Poster, Gilbert Kalish, Patricia Rozario, Ailish Tynan, rock band Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre and jazz guitarist John Abercrombie. They have also worked with many composers, including Peteris Vasks, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Alexander Knaifel, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Ian Wilson and Raymond Deane on their works for string quartet. The Quartet was also honoured to be invited to Italy to work closely with the distinguished Hungarian composer and pedagogue Gyorgy Kurtàg.
The Callino Quartet has received many awards including prizes at the Borciani and Tromp international string quartet competitions. They have performed in many of the world's best concert halls including Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall, as well as having toured extensively throughout Europe. Previous recordings by the quartet include works by Arvo Pärt, Valentin Silvestrov, John Tavener, Rachel Stott, Alexander Knaifel and Ian Wilson.
Their most recent recording of Haydn’s “Seven Last Words” for Coro has met with critical acclaim. Their subsequent collaboration with Canadian film director, Kaveh Nabatian, performing a live score of this work, was premiered at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam in 2019 and will be touring to festivals in New York, Buenos Aires, Bilbao, Montreal, Edinburgh and Moscow. The Callino Quartet takes their name from the Irish air “Cailín cois tSuir a mé” which means “Girl by the River Suir”. This is the earliest piece of Irish music to have been notated, in the 16th century, and it is on display in Trinity College Dublin.
Haydn - Quartet Op.33 No.3 'The Bird'
Helena Winkelman - Papa Haydn's Parrot
Ian Wilson - Quartet No.6 'In fretta in vento'
Ravel - Quartet in F major
In 2021, the DMA published a Memory Book, listing all concerts and music played since the first concert in 1987. The book has wonderful sketches from concerts at Tullynally drawn by the late Jeremy Williams. There are also several delightful short 'memories' from performers and audience members. Books are €10 each plus P&P at €3 per book and you can purchase them by contacting
If you have booked to attend a forthcoming concert, you can reserve books to collect saving you the cost of postage. We are now operating our events as 'cashless' so we ask you email your order to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance and pay into the DMA account directly and you can collect your books at the concert.
2023 Concert schedule
Autumn 2023 concert dates will be posted later.
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Patron: Valerie Pakenham
Chaired by: Jane Massy
Treasurer: John Farrell
Alex Chisholm, Joan Flood, Dawn Harmon, Michael McCann, Hugh Logan, Bridget Taylor, Octavia Tulloch, Susan Wiggins, Charney and Maire Weitzman.