The Piatti String Quartet
The Piatti Quartet are one of the most distinguished quartets of their generation. 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), Emily Howard, Freya Waley-Cohen, Jacques Cohen, Richard Birchall and Fintan O’Hare. A forthcoming disc for the Champs Hill label will feature a commission by Joseph Phibbs alongside classics by Britten and Bridge.
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).
At the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Piatti Quartet won joint 2nd Prize, the St. Lawrence prize and the Sidney Griller Award for the best performance of Turnage’s Contusion. The Quartet were the Richard Carne Junior Fellows 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.
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 Holland, a CD recorded at the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, Oxford, and residencies at the Rye Arts Festival and the Lincolnshire International Music Festival. Collaborations have included concerts with the Belcea Quartet, Simon Rowland-Jones, Michael Collins, Moray Welsh, Marc Coppey, Rebecca Gilliver, Tom Poster, Clare Hammond, 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.