The Kofiko Ensemble was formed in London out of a shared ambition to play Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, the monumental work for clarinet, violin, cello and piano composed in a German prisoner of war camp in 1941. The combination of sonorities exploited by Messiaen has inspired many of the 20th and 21st centuries’ greatest composers, as well as having precedent in earlier works. The Kofiko Ensemble prides itself on exploring a rich repertoire extending back from the present day to the Renaissance.
The ensemble recently progressed to the semi-finals of the 69th ROSL Annual Music Competition, and has been accepted onto the prestigious Chamber Studio programme, where they will be mentored by internationally renowned violinist Anthony Marwood.
Based in London, but with origins in Canada, Japan and Korea, the four musicians of the Kofiko Ensemble are sought-after soloists and chamber musicians both in the UK and internationally, as well as performing regularly with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta.
Anthony Friend, clarinet
Lyrit Milgram, violin
Tamaki Sugimoto, cello
JongSun Woo, piano