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Ruisi String Quartet     


Concert No 3

8pm Saturday 18th November 2017
at Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre


Ruisi String Quartet

Song in String Quartets

Making Music Selected Artists

Alessandro Ruisi - violin, Oliver Cave - violin,
Luba Tunnicliffe - viola and Max Ruisi - cello


“... joy and anguish, tenderness and high spirits, they were all there in this understated, refined,
masterly performance.”
- stringsattachedmusic.org.uk


Ruisi String Quartet

Winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society award for Young British String Players and YCAT Finalists, 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 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, and in 2016 were selected as Tunnell Trust Award winners.

Recent highlights have included a tour in 2015 of Portugal and the Canary islands with the Kirker Music Festival at Sea, a live performance on BBC Radio 3 (March 2016) and the use of the Vuillaume 'Evangelist' instruments that were recently on short-term loan to the quartet. For 2017 they have been selected as CPG Young Artists and look forward to performances at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge and a tour of Scotland. 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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Alessandro Ruisi (Violin)

Alessandro RuisiBorn in the UK with Sicilian heritage, violinist Alessandro Ruisi enjoys a versatile performing career and has rapidly developed an outstanding reputation as a soloist and chamber musician. He has appeared at many international festivals and concert venues and has recorded a number of live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3.

Alessandro is first violinist of the Ruisi Quartet in which he performs with his brother Max. Winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society award for Young British String Players and YCAT Finalists, the Ruisi Quartet has quickly established a reputation as one of the leading young British quartets. Founded in 2012, the quartet perform regularly throughout the UK and Europe in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Kings Place, and for 2014/15 were in residence at the Royal College of Music in London. The quartet have recently been awarded the Tunnell Trust Music Club Award and a residency at the Wye Valley Festival. They have also been recipients of the Chamber Studio Mentorship Scheme, receiving masterclasses from some of the world’s most eminent chamber musicians.

Alongside his devotion to chamber music Alessandro is in demand as guest director or principal with various ensembles including the European Union Chamber Orchestra, 12 Ensemble, London Contemporary Orchestra and performs with Aurora Orchestra and the French unconducted symphony orchestra Les Dissonances.

Alessandro feels extremely privileged to be able to perform on a wonderful Santagiuliana violin and is sincerely grateful to the Harrison-Frank Family Foundation for this generous loan.


Oliver Cave (Violin)

Oliver CaveOliver was born in 1992, and grew up in Ashford in Kent. He began to learn the violin at the age of 6. A graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Oliver has studied with Simon Fischer, Pavlo Beznosiuk and Alexander Janiczek.

As a lover of a wide range of music, he performs music on both modern and period instruments, and has played with groups such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, La Serenissima, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, photography, and half-completing cryptic crosswords.






Luba Tunnicliffe (Viola)

Luba TunnicliffeLuba Tunnicliffe has performed solo recitals at the Royal Festival Hall and St John's Smith Square, and made her debut as concerto soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra in June 2016. She won the Guildhall's Max and Peggy Morgan Award with the Bartok Viola Concerto and was viola soloist in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Alexander Janiczek and the Guildhall Chamber Orchestra in Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican.

She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno and Pavlo Beznosiuk, the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin with Simone Jandl, and with Jacky Woods at the Junior Royal Academy of Music.

Luba is a member of both the Ruisi Quartet and the Pelléas Ensemble, who perform regularly around the UK and have been award winners is various major competitions. She has also played with the Britten Sinfonia, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Luba has been the grateful recipient of awards from the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, Help Musicians UK, the Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, the Hattori Foundation, the Stephen Bell Charitable Trust and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. She is a recipient of the Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Artists through Making Music UK.


Max Ruisi (Cello)

Max RuisiBritish cellist Max Ruisi is internationally recognised as a creative and versatile young artist with a career built around his love of chamber music. Cellist of the Ruisi Quartet and Artistic Director of The 12 ensemble, he has performed in leading concert halls and festivals throughout the UK, Europe and Asia. Recent highlights include appearing as a soloist at Barbican's Milton Court, as well as performances at the Wigmore Hall, Paris Philharmonie and Kings Place, as well as regularly collaborating with a wide range of artists, including oboist Albrecht Mayer (Berlin Phil), violinist Mari Samuelsen, composer Max Richter and Radiohead.

After completing his undergraduate degree at the GSMD, Max studied with Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet) at the Basel Hochschule fur Musik and recently completed an Artist Diploma in Chamber Music at the Royal College of Music. As founder and Artistic Director of the 12 ensemble, Max has established a pioneering and award-winning un-conducted string orchestra that is in-demand throughout the UK and Europe. He also performs with a number of orchestras, including the London Contemporary Orchestra, LCO Soloists and the John Wilson Orchestra.

 

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