Winners of the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Prize in London, Consone were also awarded two prizes at the 2015 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, including the EUBO Development Trust Prize and a place on the ‘EEEmerging’ Emerging European Ensembles Scheme associated with the Ambronay Festival in France and six other early music festivals across Europe.
Performing highlights have included acclaimed concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall and King's Place, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Cheltenham, Lammermuir, Buxton and King’s Lynn Festivals. The Consone Quartet is rapidly gaining international recognition performing in France, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Italy and Switzerland. In spring 2018 Consone toured in South America, performing in Bolivia and Peru.
The quartet’s debut CD, featuring music by Haydn and Mendelssohn, was released in 2018 on the Ambronay Label and since then it has received a number of glowing reviews.
Consone regularly collaborates with other musicians, such as the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, members of the Hanover Band, Mahan Esfahani, Gillian Keith, Jane Booth, Ashley Solomon, and Colin Lawson. The quartet participated in the “Brighton Early Music Festival Live!” mentoring scheme and in a number of Chamber Studio masterclasses at King's Place, London. In 2018 the group was selected to become a Concordia Foundation Artist.
Colin Lawson is Director of the Royal College of Music. He has an international profile as a period clarinettist and has played in most of Britain’s leading period orchestras, with which he has recorded extensively and toured world-wide. He has been principal clarinet of The Hanover Band since 1987. Described by Westdeutsche Allegemeine Zeitung as ‘a brilliant, absolutely world-class player’ and by the BBC Music Magazine as ‘the doyen of period clarinettists’, he has appeared as a soloist in many international venues, including London’s major concert halls and New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. His latest recordings include Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet and associated fragments. Colin has published widely on historical performance practice, especially for Cambridge University Press. With Robin Stowell, he is co-editor of the Cambridge History of Musical Performance (2012).