Lindsay Quartet (Peter Cropper; Ronald Birks; Robin Ireland; Bernard Gregor-Smith)

1 portrait of Ronald Birks

Lindsay Quartet (Peter Cropper; Ronald Birks; Robin Ireland; Bernard Gregor-Smith), by György Gordon, 2003 - NPG 6649 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Lindsay Quartet (Peter Cropper; Ronald Birks; Robin Ireland; Bernard Gregor-Smith)

by György Gordon
oil on canvas, 2003
27 1/2 in. x 39 3/8 in. (700 mm x 1001 mm)
Commissioned, 2003
Primary Collection
NPG 6649


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  • Ronald Birks (1945-), Violinist; member of The Lindsay String Quartet. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Peter Cropper (1945-), Violinist; member of The Lindsay String Quartet. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Bernard Gregor-Smith (1945-), Cellist; member of The Lindsay String Quartet. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Robin Ireland (1954-), Violist; member of the Lindsay String Quartet. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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  • György Gordon (1924-2005), Artist and teacher. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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One of the world's foremost string quartets, the Lindsays are rooted in the European tradition of quartet playing and celebrated for the intensity of their interpretation. In their hometown of Sheffield they inspired their own Chamber Music Festival where they perform in the round in an informal and intimate atmosphere. Their discography includes the complete cycles of Bartok, Beethoven and the string quartets of Sir Michael Tippett. Born in Hungary, György Gordon trained at the Hungarian Academy of Art, Budapest and fled to England during the 1956 uprising. Gordon has known the Lindsays since the mid-1980s and has been a regular at their concerts ever since. The occasion is a rehearsal for the Russian Festival, which took place at the Sheffield Crucible in spring 2002.