Piatti String Quartet
Wednesday 5th October 2011, 7:30pm
Charlotte Scott Michael Traynor David Wigram Jessie Ann Richardson
The quartet is named after Alfredo Piatti, the renowned Italian cellist and teacher (1822 – 1901), who had a long and influential career in England as a performer and teacher. He played with all the great soloists of the day, including Ernst, Joachim, and Wieniawski, and was engaged as soloist and cellist of the Joachim quartet. He taught privately and as a professor at the Royal Academy of Music.
Winners of the St. Martins in the Fields Chamber Music Competition and the Martin Musical/Philarmonia Scholarship Fund 2010 the Piatti Quartet are fast emerging as one of the UK’s leading young string quartets. Previous recipients of the Tunnell Trust Award and selected as Park Lane Group Young Artists in 2009/2010, more recent news includes a second year as Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music and winning the St Peter’s Eaton Square Prize 2011. Since 2009 they have performed at the Purcell room, Southbank, and live on BBC Radio 3 numerous times. Over the last year, they have enjoyed several very exciting collaboration projects with Austrian pianist Gottlieb Wallisch and clarinetists Emma Johnson and Sarah Williamson as well as a successful second year of their very own ‘Piatti Chamber Music Festival at Kingsand’. The Piatti Quartet had their Wigmore Hall debut in February 2011 and are looking forward to returning there in April 2012. Also returning to the Conway Hall, 2011/2012 will see the quartet extensively touring the British music scene as part of both the prestigious Countess of Munster and the Making Music recital schemes and taking part in both the Melbourne and Geneva International String Quartet Competitions 2011.
The Quartet has gained much musical inspiration from many great quartet musicians and particular influences include members of the Amadeus Quartet, Alban Berg Quartet, Artis Quartet, Alisdair Tait and Jon Thorne. In 2009 they received the MBF Ensemble Award to attend the International Sommerakademie Prague/Vienna/Budapest where they performed throughout Austria. 2011/12 will see the Quartet return to Madrid, studying on a full Scholarship with Gunter Pichler of the Alban Berg Quartet at the International Institute of Chamber Music Of Madrid and study with Johannes Meissl of the Artis Quartet Vienna, with the support of the Hattori Foundation.
The Piatti Quartet is extremely grateful for the generosity and support of Ian Ellis, the Nicolas Boas Charitable Trust, the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Hattori Foundation the Concordia Foundation and the Park Lane Group.
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Haydn ~ String Quartet Op.76 No.3, Emperor
Bartók ~ String Quartet No.3
Smetana ~ String Quartet No.1 in E minor