Prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Piatti Quart
et is amongst the UK’s foremost young ensembles with a host of awards and critically-acclaimed recordings to its name. They have performed in all the major venues around the country, including a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast from the Wigmore Hall. The Quartet has also appeared in concerts throughout the world, with national broadcasts on ABC (Australia), RTE (Ireland) radio and France Musique (France).
The Piatti are laureates of the St Martin in the Fields Competition, a Martin Musical Fund/Philharmonia Scholarship, multiple Hattori Foundation awards, and the St.Peter’s Prize. At the 2015 Wigmore Hall International (formerly the London 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’. The Quartet spent two years as Leverhulme Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music and have received both Tunnel Trust and Countess of Munster awards. Park Lane Group have also supported the group extensively with a UK-wide concert tour and a recording on their Classical Label. Other 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.
The Piatti Quartet have been the Richard Carne Junior Fellows in String Quartet at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance from 2014-16. The group continues to actively expand the quartet repertoire with premieres of commissions from several acclaimed British composers. A major new work, Joseph Phibbs’ String Quartet No.1, was commissioned through the generous support of the Britten Pears Foundation and Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust. A forthcoming disc for the Champs Hill label will feature this work. Other recently commissioned compositions include pieces from Richard Birchall (performed live on BBC Radio 3), and Fintan O’Hare. 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 a residency at the Rye Arts Festival. Collaborations have included concerts with the Belcea Quartet, Michael Collins, Moray Welsh, and Rebecca Gilliver. Upcoming highlights include performances with pianists Tom Poster (at the Roman River Festival), Clare Hammond, and Julius Drake.
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.