The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet are one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment. Most recently they won the 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 Tippett recording on the Wigmore LIVE label, their critically acclaimed debut recording for Harmonia Mundi featured Tchaikovsky’s first and third quartets, which was quickly followed by a live recording of the complete Bartók quartets performed at Wigmore Hall released in May 2017.
During the 2017/2018 season they return to North America for appearances at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, Coleman Chamber Music Association in Pasadena, the Chicago Chamber Music Society, returns to the Middlebury Center for the Arts and Great Performers at Lincoln Center, and Treetops Chamber Music Society in Stamford, CT.
Other North American appearances have included their New York debut presented by Carnegie Hall, a month long residency at Middlebury College, and appearances at the Phillips Collection, and the Brattleboro Music Center.
Notable performances of previous seasons have included the BBC Proms, concerts at the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus Berlin, Musée d’Orsay and Louvre Auditorium in Pari, 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.
In the UK they have also performed at the Barbican, Bridgewater Hall, Sage Gateshead, Perth Concert Hall and Queen’s Hall Edinburgh. Strong exponents of contemporary music, the Quartet have worked with several leading composers including Hans Abrahamsen, Louis Andriessen, Brett Dean, Anthony Gilbert, Sofia Gubaidulina, Steven Mackey, and John Musto.
The Heath Quartet members are Professors of Chamber Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, individually holding instrumental teaching posts in the faculty.
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