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Ruisi Quartet, String Quartet

Biography

Winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society award for Young British String Players and YCAT Finalists, the Ruisi Quartet has quickly established a reputation as one of the leading British quartets of its generation, delivering performances that are “strikingly immediate, committed and direct” (Chichester Observer, 2014). Founded in 2012 by brothers Alessandro and Max, the quartet perform regularly throughout the UK and Europe, including leading venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Kings Place, and for 2014/15 were in residence at the Royal College of Music in London.

For the 2013/14 season the group were selected for the prestigious ‘ChamberStudio’ Mentorship programme at Kings Place, London. This allowed the quartet to work closely with mentor Simon Rowland-Jones, whilst also receiving masterclasses from some of the world’s most eminent chamber musicians. Most recently, the group have been lucky enough to work with Gábor Takács, Anthony Marwood, Levon Chilingirian, Pavel Fischer, James Boyd and Peter Cropper.

They were also awarded a scholarship to attend the 2015 IMS Prussia Cove Masterclasses, where they had the great fortune to work with Ferenc Rados and Rita Wagner. In January 2016 the group were Quartet in Residence at the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival, and in 2016 were selected as Tunnell Trust Award winners.

Recent highlights have included a tour in 2015 of Portugal and the Canary islands with the Kirker Music Festival at Sea, a live performance on BBC Radio 3 (March 2016) and the use of the Vuillaume 'Evangelist' instruments that were recently on short-term loan to the quartet. For 2017 they have been selected as CPG Young Artists and look forward to performances at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge and a tour of Scotland. The quartet are grateful for the long-term loan of a specially made set of matching instruments by Harris & Sheldon of London.

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The string quartet has long been regarded as the pinnacle of the chamber music writing. Beethoven admired Mozart's as Mozart admired Haydn's. This programme traces the string quartet through time, exploring similarities and differences.

Purcell – Three Fantasias or Haydn – Quartet in D minor, Op. 9 No. 2

Mozart – "Dissonance" Quartet, K.465

Beethoven – String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2

Three string quartets from an early master that inspired Mozart and every composer of chamber music since. Two contrasting mid-life works share the programme with the famous "Sunrise" quartet, and a string quartet movement from another, later, master of the form.

Haydn – String Quartet in D minor, Op. 9 No. 2

Haydn – String Quartet in F major, Op. 17 No. 2

Schubert – Quartettsatz

Haydn – String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 76 No. 4 "Sunrise"

An alternative title for this programme might be "After Beethoven": the Ruisi Quartet explore how composers approached writing for string quartet in the generations that followed.

Beethoven – String Quartet in F major, Op. 18 No. 1

Schubert – Quartettsatz

Puccini – Crisantemi

Ravel – String Quartet in F major

Travel has long been a source of inspiration for composers. On his journeys, Bartók collected folk songs that he used in his works. These two programmes themselves travel from Russia and Eastern Europe, to Italy and even the Suffolk coast.

Kodály – String Quartet No. 2

Pavel Fischer – String Quartet No. 3 "Mad Piper" 

Stravinsky – Three Pieces for String Quartet

Bartók – String Quartet No. 2

Travel has long been a source of inspiration for composers. On his journeys, Bartók collected folk songs that he used in his works. These two programmes themselves travel from Russia and Eastern Europe, to Italy and even the Suffolk coast.

Janáček – String Quartet No. 1 "Kreutzer Sonata"

Puccini – Crisantemi

Britten – Three Divertimenti

Bartók – String Quartet No. 2

Ligeti's second quartet is undoubtedly a 20th Century masterpiece: development and variation are executed not through melodies and motifs, but through sound and texture. Bartók's quartet and Ligeti's short "Ballad & Dance" are both inspired by Eastern European folk songs, while Stravinsky's Three Pieces hark back to Purcell's Fantasias.

Purcell – Three Fantasias

Ligeti – Ballad & Dance for Two Violins

Ligeti – String Quartet No. 2

Stravinsky – Three Pieces for String Quartet

Bartók – String Quartet No. 2

Reviews

Strikingly immediate, committed and direct

Chichester Observer, 2014

This performance was a revelation. Joy and anguish, tenderness and high spirits, they were all there in this understated, refined, masterly performance.

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