THE ORIGINAL ELECTRIC STRING QUARTET - OVER 4 MILLION ALBUMS SOLD - THE BEST SELLING STRING QUARTET IN THE HISTORY OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY - THE STRING QUARTET OF THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE OLYMPICS 2012
Together Tania Davis (Violin), Eos Counsell (violin), Elspeth Hanson (viola) and Gay-Yee Westerhoff (cello) complete the line-up of BOND.
At its launch, BOND was hailed in the press as ‘the Spice Girls of Classical music’, and went onto turn the world of classical crossover music on its head, spawning many electric string groups inspired by its unique sound.
BOND draws its inspiration from classical, latin, folk, jazz, rock, pop, electro, Indian and middle eastern styles, has built a very active and loyal international fan base over the years and, since its debut, has sold over 4 million albums worldwide, making it the best-selling string quartet of all time.
The musicians, educated to the highest standard at some of the world’s most celebrated music institutions (Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall and Trinity College of Music), are pure entertainment, serving up a genuinely genre-defying act willing to explore the joy of music regardless of the cultural hamstrings.
JUST SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS
BOND has achieved a staggering 56 platinum and 15 gold discs (including in the UK, USA, Australia, Japan, Belgium, France, Hungary, Italy, Sweden, UK, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Colombia, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Austria, Czech Republic, Greece, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Philippines and Chile).
The quartet has made countless international TV appearances in the UK, America, Australia, Central America and Asia, including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, CNN, FOX News, BBC, ITV, RAI, ZDF, NBC, Canal Plus, MTV, NHK, CCT, ABC, TF1, CBC, Televisa etc……the list is endless. As well as appearing on major TV shows, BOND has hosted CNN’s the Music Room, performed at the MTV Awards in Asia and the USA and participated in televised performances at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
As well as performing at many international Bond film premieres, BOND has featured in movies including Johnny English, starring Rowan Atkinson, and XXX State Of The Union, with Samuel L. Jackson, Ice Cube and Willem Dafoe. Music played by BOND has been heard at many sporting events, including the FA Cup, the Champions League, the Football World Cup, Olympics and the Cricket World Cup. Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent have used BOND’s music extensively.
BOND has appeared in most of the world’s major newspapers and magazines and has travelled the globe several times over in sell-out tours. First violinist Tania Davis says, ‘performing with Pavarotti singing Caruso and playing the Sydney Opera House were beyond special for me. We also have the most amazing fans – we go to places like Mexico and now know loads of them by name!’. Cellist Gay-Yee Westerhoff adds, ‘we have played in front of the magnificent Giza Pyramids several times, including helping Zaha Hadid celebrate one of her phenomenal buildings’. ‘We were so proud to make our debut at the Royal Albert Hall’, says violinist Eos, ‘and then there was Wall Street, when we were styled by Patricia Field [of Sex and The City fame] – we arrived in convertible Lincolns, stopping off and playing before ringing the closing bell. Then it was straight off to play in Time Square!’. ‘Playing in Beijing, at the Olympics handover, alongside Jimmy Page, Leona Lewis and David Beckham, was amazing and four years later to perform with BOND at the Olympics closing ceremony in London was utterly awe-inspiring’, adds Elspeth Hanson.
HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?
Four music college students decided to break with convention; the possibilities of using their own energetic and compelling approach to performance to become as dazzlingly contemporary and relevant as a pop act were impossible to resist. Perhaps a third way, somewhere between pop and classical, really did exist? ‘In an orchestra, you are, to a large extent, fulfilling someone else’s creative vision,’ says Tania. ‘With what we do, we are the producers and the artists, directing the process.’