Asaka Quartet is an upcoming string quartet formed in 2021 at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In October 2021, after playing for only a week, they were selected for the prestigious Frost Trust Advanced Specialist Strings Ensemble Training Scheme (A.S.S.E.T.) at the Academy where they are mentored by Martin Outram. The four members receive lessons from Maureen Smith, Michael Foyle,  Martin Outram and Josephine Knight. 

In February 2022, Asaka was joined by students in a performance of Schubert’s Octet in the Academy’s Bicentenary Chamber Festival, invited and coached by Levon Chilingirian, and have since enjoyed performing various recitals in the UK, performing regularly at Regent Hall and St James's Piccadilly. In June 2022, they attended the Tunnell Trust's Chamber Music Coll course upon invitation by Jonathan Tunnell where they studied with Richard Deakin, Charles Tunnell, Scott Dickinson and Jonathan Tunnell, working and performing alongside Sylvia Winds and the Ferrante String Quartet. 

In July 2022, they were awarded First Prize in the Wolfe Wolfinsohn String Quartet Competition at the Royal Academy of Music, performing Beethoven's Opus 18 No. 2 Quartet.

They are the Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music for the academic year of 2022/2023.

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Iona McDonald

Violin

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Eriol Guo Yu

Violin

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Susie Xin He

Viola

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Jonathan Ho Man Fong

Violincello