“THIS PERFORMANCE WAS A REVELATION. JOY AND ANGUISH, TENDERNESS AND HIGH SPIRITS, THEY WERE ALL THERE IN THIS UNDERSTATED, REFINED, MASTERLY PERFORMANCE.”
stringsattachedmusic.org.uk – 2014
Winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society award for Young British String Players and YCAT Finalists in 2015, the Ruisi Quartet has quickly established a reputation as one of the leading British quartets of its generation, 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, Royal Albert Hall and Kings Place, and for 2014/15 were in residence at the Royal College of Music in London.
For the 2013/14 season the group were selected for the prestigious ‘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. Most recently, the group have been lucky enough to work with Gábor Takács, Anthony Marwood, Levon Chilingirian, Pavel Fischer, James Boyd and Peter Cropper. They were also recently 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. In January 2016 the group were Quartet in Residence at the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival.
Recent highlights have included a tour in September 2015 of Portugal and the Canary islands with the Kirker Music Festival at Sea, a live performance on BBC Radio 3 'In Tune' programme (March 2016) and the use of the Vuillaume 'Evangelist' instruments that were recently on short-term loan to the quartet. The quartet's shared affinity for the string quartets of Haydn has lead to them to embark upon a Haydn Quartet cycle in central London, beginning in March 2016.
Alessandro Ruisi - violin i
Guy Button - violin ii
Asher Zaccardelli - viola
Max Ruisi - cello
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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.