The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet are fast earning a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment.
In May 2013 they became the first ensemble in 15 years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award. Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music they were selected for representation by YCAT, were awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship and in 2012 won Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Their recording of Tippett’s string quartets (Wigmore Live) received widespread acclaim and won the 2016 GRAMOPHONE Chamber Disk of the Year. A subsequent release on Harmonia Mundi of Tchaikovsky: Quartets 1 &3 was selected as Disk of the Week by both The Sunday Times and BBC Radio 3. The Quartet’s complete Bartók cycle (recorded live at the Wigmore Hall) was released by Harmonia Mundi in June 2017.
Highlights of the 17/18 season include a five-concert series at Wigmore Hall featuring Jörg Widmann’s quartets, as well as further Widmann cycles at the Boulez Saal and Kilkenny Festival, a tour of the US including debuts in Chicago and Los Angeles, and recitals in Belgium and The Netherlands with Hannes Minnaar. They will record the Enescu and Mendelssohn octets, give the premiere of a new work by Helen Grime, and undertake a 2 week tour of New Zealand. The Quartet will be on-stage cast members in Calixto Bieito’s play adaptation of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy, with performances in Birmingham, Brighton, Luxembourg, Bilbao and Amsterdam.
Notable performances of the previous seasons have included a complete Beethoven Cycle at Kilkenny Festival, a John Tavener premiere at the BBC Proms, concerts at the Beethovenfest Bonn, Mecklenburgh-Vorpommern Festival, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and their debuts at the Musée d’Orsay and Louvre Auditorium in Paris. Regular visitors to the United States, the quartet also recently made their debut in New York at both Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, and continue their residence at Middlebury College, Vermont. In the UK they have also performed at the Barbican, Bridgewater Hall, Sage Gateshead, Perth Concert Hall and Queen’s Hall Edinburgh. And in Europe they have appeared at the Kissingen Winterzauber and Schwetzinger Festivals as well as deSingel Arts Centre in Antwerp, Vara Konserthus in Sweden, Berlin Konzerthaus, Esterházy Palace, and the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna.
The Heath Quartet regularly enjoy working with a host of talented collaborators including Anna Caterina Antonacci, James Baillieu, Ian Bostridge, Adrian Brendel, Michael Collins, Colin Currie, Stephen Hough, Richard Lester, Aleksandar Madzar, Anthony Marwood, Hannes Minnaar, Mark Padmore, Lawrence Power, Carolyn Sampson, plus even venturing into the world of jazz with a ‘Wigmore Late’ concert together with saxophonist Trish Clowes and pianist Gwilym Simcock.
The Heath Quartet are members of faculty at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
The Pelléas Ensemble was formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2011.
Playing with “verve and polish” (The Times), they recently won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award, and the 2017 Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble at the Royal Overseas League competition.
In 2016 they won both the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, and won a place on the prestigious Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Programme. In 2015 they won First Prize at the British Harp Chamber Music Competition. They are Tunnell Trust Young Artists.
Their Wigmore Hall debut was praised for its “captivating vitality” and “effortlessness and delicacy” (Seen and Heard International), and they have recently appeared live on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’. They were selected to represent the Guildhall at the City of London Festival, and have given numerous recitals at other London venues including St John’s Smith Square. They have established a reputation for performing their recitals from memory, which they believe creates an immediate and more intimate connection with their audiences.
They are dedicated to performing new music, and have premiered three new works this year, with two further commissions planned for next year.
Born in London, Ivan Ludlow attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio.
A regular guest at some of Europe’s most prestigious opera venues, including Brussels, Salzburg Festival, Naples, Spoleto, Paris, Lyon, Athens, Toulouse, Welsh National Opera, Strasbourg, Marseille, Bordeaux, Metz, Casa da Musica (Porto), Vlaamse Oper (Antwerp), Lausanne, with conductors such as Christophe Rousset, Adam Fischer, Jan Latham Koenig, Jean-Yves Ossonce, Cyril Diedrich, Franck Ollu, Christoph Ullrich Meyer, Ludovic Morlot, Gerard Korsten and Gustav Kuhn. He has worked together with stage directors such as Macha Makaïeff, Olivier Py, Alvis Hermanis, Peter Sellars, Krzysztof Warlikowski …
He as sung these roles amongst others: Don Giovanni, Guglielmo, Onegin, Iarba (La Didone), Escamillo, Nevers (Les Huguenots), the Count (Capriccio), Marcello, Shadow (The Rake’s Progress), Danilo, Belcore, Aeneas, Demetrius, Traveller (Curlew River), Astrologer (Burning Fiery Furnace), Baritone (Maxwell-Davies’ No. 11 Bus) Le Mari (Les Mamelles de Tirésis).
Amongst his recent and future engagements : October 2017 he participated in Purcell’s King Arthur at Barbican Hall (semi-staged production) with The Academy of Ancient Music. Forthcoming performances include the world premiere of “Lunea” by Heinz Holliger at Zurich Opera, From The House of the Dead at La Monnaie and the Opera House of Lyon and “Lulu” at the Hamburg Staatsoper as well as recitals in Bulgaria, Belgium, France and England.
Ivan is particularly interested in new music and new artistic forms. He has recently performed world premières of pieces by Francesco Fillidei, Isidora Zebeljan and David Matthews as well as taking part in performances of music by Heinz Holliger, Wolfgang Rihm, Harrison Birtwistle and Peter Maxwell-Davies. He sang the role of Wotan/Wanderer in the Graham Vick/Jonathan Dove adaptation of Wagner’s Ring in several European festivals. He has performed in both Giovanni and Vixen, SilentOpera’s adapted versions of the classical works by Mozart and Janacek at the Beijing Music Festival, London Vaults and Helsinki Festival. His Brussels based company Room7 looks for innovative ways to perform both contemporary and classical opera and music theatre.
As an actor he has toured throughout France in a Macha Makeïeff production of Trissotin/Les Femmes Savantes by Molière.
Violinist Jonathan Stone is an internationally acclaimed chamber musician, soloist and concertmaster.
His love of chamber music has taken him across the world to great concert halls such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Musikverein, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Hamburg Laeiszhalle and, closer to home, regular performances at Wigmore Hall. He has collaborated with artists including Nicolas Altstaedt, Jonathan Biss, Andreas Haefliger, Chen Halevi, Alina Ibragimova, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Richard Lester, Anthony Marwood, and Peter Wispelwey.
As a member of the Doric String Quartet, he has recorded 15 discs for Chandos Records. Future releases include string quartets by Mendelssohn and Haydn as well as John Adams’ Absolute Jest for quartet and orchestra with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The quartet are resident at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Jonathan is a founder member of the Phoenix Piano Trio. Renowned for their honest and insightful interpretations which span the entire genre, the Trio will release, this summer, the first in a series of recordings capturing the intense musical output from Leipzig in the 1840s that connected composers such as Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Robert and Clara Schumann and Niels Gade.
Jonathan’s interpretations are strongly influenced by his fascination with historical performance. He is a frequent guest leader of the period French orchestra Le Circle de l’Harmonie. His violin was made by Raffaele and Antonio Gagliano in Naples, 1830 and he plays with bows made by Luis Emilio Rodriguez Carrington and Eugène Sartori.
Richard studied languages at Cambridge and music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
A former professional singer, he now works as a freelance writer, broadcaster and lecturer. While his tastes are eclectic, he specialises in the Viennese Classics, Lieder and opera. Richard writes for Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine and other journals, and has given classes in the history and interpretation of Lieder at Birkbeck College, the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall. He appears frequently on Radio 3’s CD Review, is in demand for pre-concert talks at the South Bank, Wigmore Hall, King’s Place etc. and is a regular lecturer on Martin Randall cultural tours.
Richard’s publications include Schubert: the complete song texts and the widely acclaimed Faber Pocket Guide to Haydn