In 1971 four prizewinning musicians met in London and decided to dedicate themselves to chamber music. Within a short time the Chilingirian Quartet was making an impact, with BBC and World Service broadcasts soon followed by invitations to the Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and Bath festivals and to the most important cities throughout Europe. A triumphant New York début in 1976 made the Chilingirians sought after throughout the United States. The Quartet has since made over fifteen coast-to-coast tours of the USA and Canada. Extensive tours of over fifty countries on six continents make the Quartet equally well known around the world. It makes annual appearances at London's Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls and has given Beethoven cycles in London, Sydney and Melbourne, a Schubert cycle in Paris, and premières of works by John Tavener and Hugh Wood. The current season includes appearances at the Trondheim International Festival and a cycle of Mozart viola quintets at Kings Place.
The Quartet has held residencies at Liverpool and Sussex Universities and from 1998 to 2013 the group was the first-ever Quartet-in-Residence at the Royal College of Music. The Quartet has built an extensive and critically-acclaimed discography, including masterworks by contemporary composers alongside the established classics. The Quartet has been associated with LDSM ever since it began in 1985.