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Maxwell Quartet

Maxwell Quartet

Wit, charisma, and a sense of adventure

The New York Times

Their fresh, unaffected playing marries technical brilliance with an authentically Haydnesque joie de vivre.


Quartet - String Quartet


  • Colin Scobie - Violin
  • George Smith - Violin
  • Elliott Perks - Viola
  • Duncan Strachan - Cello


The Maxwell Quartet has a reputation for some of the most diverse, interesting and enjoyable programme-making on the chamber music scene. As well as already having performed many of the pinnacles of the string quartet repertoire, the Maxwell Quartet enjoy working with composers to perform new works. The Maxwell Quartet also compose and arrange much of their own music: their inclusion of Scottish folk music into their programming has delighted different audiences across the country, opening up their quartet recitals to a new audience of folk music lovers as well as classical concert-goers.


First prizewinners at the 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, and flagship Linn Recording Artists, the Maxwell Quartet are now highly in demand across the world. The quartet's Scottish heritage gives them a truly unique flavour, which transcends the boundaries of musical genres and encourages a whole new generation of audiences to attend their concerts. From 2019, they are Associate Artists at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Music at Paxton Festival in the Scottish Borders.

Hailed by Classical Music Magazine as "one of the front-runners in young chamber music groups in the UK," the Maxwell Quartet is now fast developing a reputation as one of the leading young string quartets in the world, whose performances excite and astound audiences in major venues both in the UK and internationally. In addition to tours of Japan, the USA and China, the quartet now regularly performs at London's Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields, Purcell Room and more.

As Enterprise Music Scotland residency artists 2011-2013, the Maxwells became the most sought-after and widely performing chamber ensemble in Scotland. Founded in 2010, its members met studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; in 2011 they were named the first Young Artists in Residence there. They have gone on to perform widely across the UK at numerous music societies and music festivals, and frequently appear on broadcasts by BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Scotland.

In addition to their busy performance diary, the Maxwells are excellent communicators in the educational sphere, and enjoy a busy schedule of workshops and educational projects; they are regular guests for Paragon ensemble's educational programmes and Children's Classics Concerts. Where possible, they like to give daytime workshops in local schools when on tour throughout Scotland.