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Garth Knox is one of the most sought after contemporary musicians of his generation. Born in Ireland he spent his childhood in Scotland, and then studied at the Royal College of Music in London where he won several prizes for viola and for chamber music. Thereafter he played with most of the leading groups in London in a mixture of all repertoires, from baroque to contemporary music.

In 1983 he was invited by Pierre Boulez to become a member of the Ensemble InterContemporain in Paris, where he had the chance to do much solo playing (including concertos directed by Pierre Boulez) and chamber music, touring widely and playing in international festivals.
In 1990 Garth Knox joined the Arditti String Quartet, playing in all the major concert halls of the world, working closely with and giving first performances of pieces by most of today’s leading composers including Ligeti, Kurtag, Berio, Xenakis, Lachenmann, Cage, Feldman and Stockhausen (the famous “Helicopter Quartet”)
In 1998, Garth Knox left the quartet to concentrate on his solo career. As a soloist, he has given premieres by Henze (the Viola Sonata is dedicated to him), Ligeti, Schnittke, Ferneyhough, James Dillon, George Benjamin and many others. He also collaborates regularly in theatre and dance projects, and has written and performed a one-man show for children.

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  • presquepartout


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  • insomniacme

    i must keep an eye on this guy

    17 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Jisei69

    SHSK'H Netlabel : Release of Volume 05 - Solo Viola d'Amore : Garth Knox "The viola d'amore has multiple strings and an infinite number of possible sound worlds. I was happy to explore some of these here, in a mixture of pre-meditated scenarios and free improvisations." Garth Knox Volume 05 is now available, featuring 8 incredible tracks where an almost forgotten instrument reveals its extraordinary nature, sounding like a miniaturized orchestra under Garth Knox's expert fingers. You are welcome to stream and/or download Vol.05 at : Although our goal is to freely share our work with you, we would like to remind those who enjoy it that they can contribute by paying the sum of their choice via Paypal (you will find the Contribute button under the Download Album tab within each volume). Your contribution will greatly help the production of future volumes. Thank you all for your support!

    6 Jan 2010 Reply
  • TangerinePie

    His castillian is funny. In a good way, of course. Thee muzak? I don't know; but he sure can play spectralism like a mad cat.

    27 Nov 2008 Reply

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