“THIS PERFORMANCE WAS A REVELATION. JOY AND ANGUISH, TENDERNESS AND HIGH SPIRITS, THEY WERE ALL THERE IN THIS UNDERSTATED, REFINED, MASTERLY PERFORMANCE.”
Winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society award for Young British String Players and YCAT Finalists, the Ruisi Quartet has established a reputation as a charismatic and expressive ensemble, delivering performances that are “strikingly immediate, committed and direct” (Chichester Observer, 2014). Founded in 2012 by brothers Alessandro and Max, the quartet perform regularly throughout the UK and Europe, including leading venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and Kettles Yard, and for 2014/15 were in residence at the Royal College of Music in London.
Dedicated to continually exploring and developing, the group have studied with a wide-range of leading musicians. In 2018, they have been selected for an Aldeburgh Chamber Music Residency, where they will be working with cellist/conductor David Watkin. In 2016 the group were Quartet in Residence at the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival, and in the same year were selected as Tunnell Trust Award winners. They were also awarded a scholarship to attend the 2015 IMS Prussia Cove Masterclasses, where they had the great fortune to work with Ferenc Rados and Rita Wagner. For the 2013/14 season the group were selected for the ‘ChamberStudio’ Mentorship programme at Kings Place, London. This allowed the quartet to work closely with mentor Simon Rowland-Jones, whilst also receiving masterclasses from some of the world’s most eminent chamber musicians. They have also been lucky enough to work with Gábor Takács, Anthony Marwood, Levon Chilingirian, Pavel Fischer, James Boyd and Peter Cropper.
Recent highlights have included a tour of Scotland in 2017, a live performance on BBC Radio 3 and the use of the Vuillaume 'Evangelist' instruments that were recently on short-term loan to the quartet. The quartet are grateful for the long-term loan of a specially made set of matching instruments by Harris & Sheldon of London.
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Vuillaume 'Evangelist' instruments + BBC Radio 3
In March the quartet performed on the rare 'Evangelist' set of instruments made by J.B. Vuillaume between 1863 and 1872. A video of the quartet playing Debussy's string quartet on them can be seen here. The quartet were also invited to play the instruments on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' programme with Suzy Klein.