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"A performance of unforced beauty and tremulous tension"
~ The Times
"The delicate perfection of the sound was a marvel, and in leader Oliver Heath's hands the recurring dropping figure had an exquisite tenderness."
~ The Telegraph
"If the Haydn slow movement had been heavenly, so was the truly inspired, time-stopping playing in Beethoven's Adagio, the most impressive part of an exceptional evening."
~ The Perthshire Advertiser
"Their account of Beethoven's Quartet in E flat, Op 74 was suavity itself."
~ The Sunday Times
HEATH QUARTET wins Royal Philharmonic Society Award
Though they may be on tour in Mexico this week, the HEATH QUARTET is being championed in the UK, where it was just announced that it has been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for best Young Artists (the first time since 1997 that the award has been given to an ensemble.) The award recognizes a chamber ensemble or solo artist making their first significant impact in the UK during 2012 and celebrates the very best in live classical music-making. Click here to learn more about the honor.
Recent Heath highlights include European debuts at the Kissingen Winterzauber, Schwetzinger and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals (where they won the 2012 Ensemble Prize), the deSingel Arts Centre in Antwerp, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and Berlin Konzerthaus, and recitals at Wigmore Hall (most recently with soprano Anna Caterina Antonnaci), the Barbican, and elsewhere.
Future engagements include their debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall, complete Tippett and Bartók cycles at Wigmore Hall (and a June 4 program of Haydn, Berg and Beethoven), recitals at the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay in Paris and a return visit to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Highly unusual for a string quartet, the Heath will appear onstage in a new production of Fidelio directed by Calixto Bieto at the English National Opera at the London Collesium. The Quartet are members of faculty at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
The Heath's next North American tour period on offer is March 2-29, 2015, with repertoire of Haydn, Beethoven, Bartok, Janacek and Britten. Contact us for full program listings and more information.
HEATH QUARTET at Aldeburgh, Wigmore, BOZAR
The dynamic young HEATH QUARTET, praised by Gramophone last month for its "really engaging sense of interplay," made its debut at the Palais de Beaux-Arts in Brussels (BOZAR) this week, and now looks forward to a return to Wigmore Hall on December 23, 2012 for a program (or should we say programme) of works in E-flat: Mozart's String Quartet K.428 in E-flat Major and Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat Minor.
The new year finds the Quartet touring the United Kingdom, and in residence at Aldeburgh.
Their debut North American tour period is MARCH 31 - APRIL 14, 2014:
Beethoven: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6
Bartók: Quartet No. 2
Mendelssohn: Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13
Schubert: Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, “Death and the Maiden”
Enjoy this video with excerpts from the Heath Quartet's full Beethoven String Quartet Cycle at the 2011 FÀCYL Festival (Spain).