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Piatti Quartet

Nathaniel Anderson-Frank - violin
Michael Trainor - violin
Tetsuumi Nagata - viola
Jessie Ann Richardson - cello

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“And the British Piatti Quartet - who seemed to be enjoying their music-making more than anyone else - had shown a characteristically lyrical understanding of Dvorak’s string quartet in G.”
Hilary Finch, The Times, 3 April 2015

Prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Piatti Quartet is amongst Britain's foremost young ensembles with a host of awards and critically-acclaimed recordings to its name.

The Piatti are laureates of the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, a Martin Musical Fund/Philharmonia Scholarship, multiple Hattori Foundation awards, and the St. Peter’s Prize. At the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Piatti Quartet won joint 2nd Prize as well as the Sidney Griller Award for the best performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Contusion and the St Lawrence String Quartet Prize.

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The Quartet has performed in major International Festivals in Italy: Serate Musicali - Milan, IUC - Rome, GOG - Genoa, "Società Veneziana dei Concerti" - Venice, "Teatro la Fenice" - Venice, Biennale Musica - Venice, Amici della Musica - Florence, "Bologna Festival", Amici della Musica - Palermo, Chamber Music Festival - Cervo, "B.Barattelli" - L'Aquila, Petruzzelli Theater - Bari etc. ;

and in International Festivals around the world: U.S.A. - New York - United Nations Palace, Los Angeles UCLA & Getty Museum, Washington National Gallery, San Francisco, Seattle - Meany Hall, Philadelphia; CANADA: Toronto, Vancouver; SOUTH AMERICA: BRASIL - Rio de Janeiro, San Paolo, Curitiba; URUGUAY: Montevideo, Minas, San Josè; ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires 2 in the Coliseum Theater,Colon Theater, Cordoba;

EUROPE: Paris - Unesco Palace, Bad Kissingen - Kissinger Sommer, Wurzburg Mozart Festival, Munchen - Herkulessaal, St.Moritz - Engadina Festival, Basel - Musik Akademie, Bruxelles - Societè Philarmonique, Sofia - Sala Bulgaria, "Saou Chante Mozart", Bratislava Mozart Festival, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Helsinki - National Finnish Opera, Ossiach/Villach Festival, Vienna - Klangbogen, Barcelona & Valencia - Palau de la Musica, Madrid – Real Academia de Bellas Artes, Warsaw - European College, Copenhagen-Tivoli Hall, Beirut - Al Bustan Festival, Tokio - New Otani Hall, Taipei-National Concert Hall, Seoul Ho-Am Art Hall.

They had the honour of playing to the Pope Giovanni Paolo II and to the President of the Italian Republic.

They have recorded for the RAI (Italian State Television),American Radio of the New York Times (WQXR), Radio Suisse Romande, Southkorean Radio MBC, Bayerischer Rundfunk (Germany), Schweizer Radio DRS2, ORF1 (Austria), Radio Clasica (Spain). They have recorded CDs for Dynamic, Koch, Musical Heritage Society, Ermitage, Hommage, Aura, Fonit Cetra, CD Classic, UNICEF.

The quartet has collaborated with Bruno Giuranna, Piero Farulli, Paul Szabo, Borodin Quartet, Prazak Quartet, Herbert Kefer (Artis Quartet), Oscar Ghiglia, Danilo Rossi, Pietro De Maria, Dieter Flury (1st flute - Wiener Philarmoniker).

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Dvořák: String Quartet No. 13 in G major, Op. 106 - IV. Finale: Andante sostenuto - Allegro con fuoco

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The Piatti Quartet are one of the most distinguished quartets of their generation. Prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition (formerly London), they have performed in all the major venues and festivals around the country as well as concerts throughout the world, with national broadcasts on BBC Radio, ABC (Australia), RTE (Ireland) and France Musique (France).

The Piattis continue to expand the string quartet repertoire, and are known for their work with leading British composers. Current commissions include new works by Mark Anthony-Turnage, Darren Bloom (Cheltenham Festival), Freya Waley Cohen and Jacques Cohen.
Previously the Quartet commissioned Joseph Phibbs’ String Quartet No.1 (2014) with support from the Britten Pears Foundation and Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust. A forthcoming disc for the Champs Hill label will feature this work and the premiere recording of Turnage’s ‘Contusion’ (in a revised version dedicated to the Quartet), alongside classics by Britten and Bridge. Other recently commissioned compositions include pieces from Richard Birchall (performed live on BBC Radio 3), and Fintan O’Hare.

The Quartet’s recordings have been released on the Linn Records and Champs Hill labels, including the Piatti’s lauded contribution to the complete string quartet works of Felix Mendelssohn (Champs Hill), which was BBC Music Magazine’s Critic’s Choice (September 2014). Most recently, the Quartet was featured on a jazz concept album in collaboration with saxophonist Justin Swadling, released in May 2016 by 33 Records. Critical acclaim for this recording has included a 4.5* review from Downbeat Magazine.

At the 2015 Wigmore Hall International (formerly the London International) String Quartet Competition, the Piatti Quartet won joint 2nd Prize as well as the St.Lawrence SQ prize and the Sidney Griller Award for the best performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s ‘Contusion’. The Piatti Quartet were the Richard Carne Junior Fellows in String Quartet at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance from 2014-16; previously they spent two years as Leverhulme Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music. The Quartet also works regularly with the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, helping to secure the future of chamber music by performing to young children and families in schools and venues throughout London.

Recent seasons have included debuts in Istanbul and Barcelona, a residency at the Academie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, tours of Scotland, Ireland, and the Netherlands, a CD recorded at the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, Oxford (generously supported by Tony Stuart), and residencies at the Rye Arts Festival and the Lincolnshire International Music Festival. Collaborations have included concerts with the Belcea Quartet, Michael Collins, Moray Welsh, Marc Coppey, and Rebecca Gilliver. Recent highlights have also included performances with pianists Tom Poster (at the Roman River Festival), Clare Hammond (BBC Radio 3 live broadcast from the Belfast International Music Festival), and Charles Owen.

The Quartet is currently mentored by the Belcea Quartet through the Belcea Quartet Trust. The group has also worked with members of the Chilingirian, Doric and Hagen Quartets and studied at the Reina Sofia Institute in Madrid with Günter Pichler.

The Piatti Quartet takes its name from the great 19th-century cellist Alfredo Piatti, who was a leading professor and exponent of chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music.

Programmes

Programme proposals
  • Programme I
    Haydn: String Quartet in B minor, Op. 33 No. 1
    Bartók: String Quartet No. 5, Sz 102
    Beethoven: String Quartet in F major, Op. 59 No. 1

  • Programme II
    Webern: Langsamer Satz
    Ravel: String Quartet in F major
    Dvořák: String Quartet No. 13 in G major, Op. 106

  • Programme III
    Haydn: String Quartet in C major, Op. 76 No. 3
    Phibbs: String Quartet No. 1
    Brahms: String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51 No. 2

  • Programme IV
    Haydn: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 74 No. 3
    Mendelssohn: Four Pieces, Op. 81
    Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130

  • Programme V

    Mozart: String Quartet No. 22 in B flat major, KV 589
    Phibbs: String Quartet No. 1
    Dvořák: String Quartet No. 13 in G, Op. 106

  • Programme VI
    Dvořák: Cypresses (excerpts)
                 Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81
                 String Quartet No. 13 in G major, Op. 106