The Genovia Quartet is a fresh, all female group formed in 2015, seeking to challenge the traditionalist perception of classical music.
While studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Victoria Lopez, Gillian Horn, Ana Garcia and Rhiannon Carmichael, formed a close friendship which has continued into their performances as a chamber ensemble. Their desire to share their fun together with their audiences is obvious and is helping the group establish its reputation to an expanding audience.
Genovia are a Scottish/Spanish ensemble who obviously enjoy exploring a wide range of repertoire, styles and culture. They aim to raise the general awareness of the bassoon and shatter any pre-conceptions of how it should be used. The quartet clearly has four distinctive voices which they often use to represent the different sections of the orchestra, yet they will snap back to a unique blend of sound instantly when required. The four instrumentalists pride themselves on their versatility and with one Scottish member Gillian Horn frequently providing new arrangements for the group, they are always looking to extend the repertoire for this unique ensemble. Their ability also to put their own stamp on even the most iconic of works allows the quartet to adapt to suit any occasion from educational workshops to corporate social events.
Performing while studying at the RCS has provided the group with the expertise from leading professional bassoonists in Scotland such as David Hubbard, RSNO and Alison Green, SCO. They have participated in a masterclass with LSO bassoonist Joost Bosdijk, before performing at the Westbourne Music Concert Series in Glasgow.
Genovia Quartet became members of Live Music Now in 2016.