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2 February 2017, 8pm at the Old Divinity School

The Ruisi Quartet has quickly established a reputation as an exciting, expressive ensemble, delivering performances that are “strikingly immediate, committed and direct” (Chichester Observer). In Cambridge they will perform one of Mozart’s most famous pieces, the ‘Dissonance’ Quartet.


Haydn: String Quartet, Op.50 No.1
Mozart: String Quartet, K465 ‘Dissonance’
Mendelssohn: String Quartet, Op.44 No.2

About the Ruisi Quartet

Winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society award for Young British String Players and YCAT Finalists in 2015, 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 Anthony Marwood, Levon Chilingirian, Pavel Fischer, James Boyd and Peter Cropper. They were also recently 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.

The quartet have performed throughout the UK and Europe, including a tour in September 2015 of Portugal and the Canary islands with the Kirker Music Festival at Sea and recent performances in Austria and Germany. 2015 highlights included performances at the Wigmore Hall and The Royal Albert Hall’s ‘Elgar Room’, as well as a sold-out appearance at the North Norfolk Music Festival. The quartet’s shared affinity for the string quartets of Haydn led them to embark upon a Haydn Quartet cycle in central London, beginning in March 2016.