“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 critically- acclaimed Ruisi Quartet has established a reputation as a charismatic and expressive young ensemble that is emerging as one of the leading British string quartets of its generation. Founded in 2013 by British/Sicilian brothers Alessandro and Max, the quartet perform regularly throughout the UK and Europe and were winners of the Kirckman Concert Society Artists award for 2018/19, as well as being invited on the prestigious Belcea Quartet Young Artists Scheme.
Based in London, the group have given concerts at many leading venues, including the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Royal Albert Hall 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 were 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 as well as being invited on to the Artist Diploma in Chamber Music course at the Royal College of Music. This allowed the quartet to work closely with Simon Rowland-Jones, whilst also receiving masterclasses from some of the world’s most eminent chamber musicians, including Gábor Takács, Anthony Marwood and Levon Chilingirian. Most recently, the group have been working closely with Krzysztof Chorzelski, violist of the Belcea Quartet.
Recent highlights have included a tour of Scotland, a debut at St John’s Smith Square in London and live performances on BBC Radio 3. The quartet are grateful for the long-term loan of a specially made set of matching instruments by Harris & Sheldon of London.