World class concert set for Newry

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Friday, February 6th, 2015
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Newry Chamber Music continue their series of world class concerts this month when they welcome the outstanding Piatti Quartet to the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre on 17th February. The Piatti Quartet are amongst the UK’s foremost young string quartets, with a host of awards and critically-acclaimed recordings to their name. They have performed in all the major venues in the UK, including a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast from the Wigmore Hall. The Quartet has also appeared in Italy, Australia, Spain, Austria, Ireland, France, Switzerland and Holland so their appearance in Newry is a real coup to the city. The Piatti Quartet are winners of the St Martin in the Fields Competition, a Martin Musical Fund/Philharmonia Scholarship, multiple Hattori Foundation awards, and the St.Peter’s Prize. The Quartet spent two years as Leverhulme Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music and have received both Tunnel Trust and Countess of Munster awards. Park Lane Group have also supported the group extensively with a UK-wide concert tour and a recording on their Classical Label. Other recordings have been released on the Linn Records and Champs Hill labels, including the Piatti’s lauded contribution to the complete string quartet works of Felix Mendelssohn (Champs Hill), which was BBC Music Magazine’s Critic’s Choice (September 2014). The Piatti Quartet holds the Richard Carne Junior Fellowship for String Quartet at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for 2014-15. The group continues to actively expand the quartet repertoire with premieres of new commisions from acclaimed British composers Joseph Phibbs, Richard Birchall and Jacques Cohen. A busy upcoming season includes tours of Scotland and Ireland and a new CD recorded at the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, Oxford. The Quartet has worked with members of the Chilingirian, Doric and Hagen Quartets and studied at the Reina Sofia Institute in Madrid with Günter Pichler. The group takes its name from the great 19th-century cellist Alfredo Piatti, who was a leading professor and exponent of quartet playing at the Royal Academy of Music. Speaking to Newry Times, a delighted Joanne Quigley, director of NCM commented, “We are thrilled to have a quartet of this calibre performing on our series. The whole ethos of our society is that Classical Music is for everyone and can be enjoyed by all. “Our concerts are informal in nature and the performers introduce themselves and the music they are going to play. It is a great way to experience some of the greatest music ever written. Joanne added, “The Piatti Quartet, as well as being outstanding musicians are a very warm and friendly group of people who engage with the audience and provide a great evening’s entertainment.” Tickets cost £10 and are available now from or can be reserved by calling 028 30161274.
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