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The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet are rapidly earning a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment. Most recently they won Gramophone Chamber Award 2016 for their recording of the complete string quartets of Sir Michael Tippett, and in May 2013 became the first ensemble in fifteen years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award. They will be joined by Tom Poster, piano, in our first concert back at the Kettle’s Yard House.
Haydn: String Quartet … Op.76 No.TBC
Jorg Widmann: String Quartet No.2
Schumann: Piano Quartet
The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet are rapidly earning a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment. Most recently they won Gramophone Chamber Award 2016 for their recording of the complete string quartets of Sir Michael Tippett, and in May 2013 became the first ensemble in fifteen years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award. Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music they were selected for representation by YCAT, awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship and in 2012 won the Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern where they are now regular visitors.
Following their Gramophone award-winning debut recording of Tippett on the Wigmore LIVE label, their next recording is for Harmonia Mundi and features Tchaikovsky’s first and third quartets. This will be quickly followed by a live recording of the complete Bartók quartets performed at Wigmore Hall to be released in May 2017.
These exciting undertakings follow a packed summer festival circuit including Beethoven’s late quartets at the Ryedale Festival alongside readings of T.S Eliot’s Four Quartets by Jeremy Irons, the Great String Quartets and Quintets of Mozart at the Kilkenny Festival completed by a diverse week of music old and new at the Dartington Festival.
Projects this season include collaborations with pianists Hannes Minnaar and James Baillieu, clarinetist Michael Collins and guitarist Xeifei Yang, a return to the Konzerthaus Berlin and numerous appearances in the UK including concerts in Bath, Birmingham, Manchester and Oxford. Regular visitors to the United States, the quartet has upcoming performances in Seattle, Washington and Toronto. They’ve previously made their debut in New York at both Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Centre, and have a continued residence at Middlebury College in Vermont.
Notable performances of previous seasons have included the world premiere of a John Tavener piece at the BBC Proms, concerts at the Beethovenfest Bonn, Mecklenburgh-Vorpommern Festival, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and their debuts at the Musée d’Orsay and Louvre Auditorium in Paris.
In the UK, they have also performed at the Barbican, Bridgewater Hall, Sage Gateshead, Perth Concert Hall and Queen’s Hall Edinburgh. And in Europe they have appeared at the Kissingen Winterzauber and Schwetzinger Festivals as well as deSingel Arts Centre in Antwerp, Vara Konserthus in Sweden, Esterházy Palace, and the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna.
Strong exponents of contemporary music, the quartet have also worked with several leading composers including Hans Abrahamsen, Louis Andriessen, Brett Dean, Anthony Gilbert, Sofia Gubaidulina, Steven Mackey and John Musto. They took part in the European première of Steve Mackey’s Gaggle and Flock for string octet, the world première of John Musto’s Another Place with Carolyn Sampson at the Wigmore Hall as well as receiving unanimous critical acclaim for their performance of Ligeti’s Quartet No.2 and Thomas Ades’ Arcadiana for The Park Lane Group at the Purcell Room.
The Heath Quartet regularly enjoy working with a host of talented collaborators including Anna Caterina Antonacci, James Baillieu, Ian Bostridge, Adrian Brendel, Michael Collins, Colin Currie, Stephen Hough, Sunwook Kim, Richard Lester, Joanna MacGregor, Aleksandar Madzar, Anthony Marwood, Mark Padmore, Lawrence Power, Carolyn Sampson, Jamie Walton and the Tokyo Quartet, plus even venturing into the world of jazz with a ‘Wigmore Late’ concert together with saxophonist Trish Clowes and pianist Gwilym Simcock.
Tom Poster first visited Kettle’s Yard aged 9 and attended Wednesday Club art classes. He played the Beckstein piano at Kettle’s Yard for a BBC World Service broadcast aged 10. He regularly performs as part of our music series.
Poster is internationally recognised as a pianist of outstanding artistry and versatility, equally in demand as soloist and chamber musician across an unusually extensive repertoire. He has been described as “a marvel, [who] can play anything in any style” (The Herald), “mercurially brilliant” (The Strad), and as having “a beautiful tone that you can sink into like a pile of cushions” (BBC Music). Since his London concerto debut at the age of 13, Tom has appeared in a wide-ranging concerto repertoire of over 40 major works. Equally at home directing Mozart and Beethoven from the piano as in the high-octane virtuosity of Rachmaninov or Ligeti, Tom has appeared as soloist with the Aurora Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, China National Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Hallé, Royal Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and St Petersburg State Capella Philharmonic, collaborating with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nicholas Collon, James Loughran, En Shao, Robin Ticciati and Yan Pascal Tortelier.
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