“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, the Ruisi Quartet has established a reputation as a charismatic and expressive ensemble, delivering performances that are “strikingly immediate, committed and direct” (Chichester Observer). Founded in 2012 by half-Sicilian brothers Alessandro and Max, the quartet perform regularly throughout the UK and Europe and have been selected as Kirckman Concert Society Artists for 2018/19.
Based in London, the group have given concerts at many leading venues, including the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Brighton Dome and Conway Hall, plus appearances in Scotland, Spain, Germany and Austria. 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 (working with cellist/conductor David Watkin), and for the IMS Prussia Cove masterclasses with Thomas Adés. 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 also attended the 2015 IMS Prussia Cove Masterclasses, where they worked 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, Krysia Osostowicz and Peter Cropper.
Recent highlights have included a tour of Scotland in 2017, live performances on BBC Radio 3 and the use of the Vuillaume 'Evangelist' instruments that were 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.