Concert with The Vogler and Piatti String Quartets

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Concert: Concert with The Vogler and Piatti String Quartets
Performer: Piatti Quartet & The Vogler Quartet
Start Date: 19th May 2019
Start Time: 2.30pm
End Time: 4.30pm
Tickets: £20.00
Under 18s: £10.00 What's included?

This is the final concert of the Chamber Music Weekend. The Vogler Quartet from Berlin on their third visit to Dillington, open the programme with a selection from J.S. Bach’s The Art of Fugue followed by The Piatti Quartet performing William Walton’s Quartet in A minor.
After the interval the Quartets will join force to perform wonderful Mendelssohn’s String Octet in Eb Major Opus 20.

This event brings the Chamber Music weekend to an exciting conclusion and has been made possible by generous sponsorship by a group of Dillington Friends.

Performer Information


The Piatti Quartet are one of the most distinguished quartets of their generation. Prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition (formerly London), they have performed in all the major venues and festivals around the country as well as concerts throughout the world, with national broadcasts on BBC Radio, ABC (Australia), RTE (Ireland) and France Musique (France).

The Piattis continue to expand the string quartet repertoire, and are known for their work with leading British composers. Current commissions include new works by Mark Anthony-Turnage, Darren Bloom (Cheltenham Festival), Emily Howard, Freya Waley-Cohen and Jacques Cohen.
Previously the Quartet commissioned Joseph Phibbs’ String Quartet No.1 (2014) with support from the Britten Pears Foundation and Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust. A forthcoming disc for the Champs Hill label will feature this work and the premiere recording of Turnage’s ‘Contusion’ (in a revised version dedicated to the Quartet), alongside classics by Britten and Bridge. Other recently commissioned compositions include pieces from Richard Birchall (performed live on BBC Radio 3), and Fintan O’Hare.

The Quartet’s 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). Most recently, the Quartet was featured on a jazz concept album in collaboration with saxophonist Justin Swadling, released in May 2016 by 33 Records. Critical acclaim for this recording has included a 4.5* review from Downbeat Magazine.

At the 2015 Wigmore Hall International (formerly the London International) String Quartet Competition, the Piatti Quartet won joint 2nd Prize as well as the St.Lawrence SQ prize and the Sidney Griller Award for the best performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s ‘Contusion’. The Piatti Quartet were the Richard Carne Junior Fellows in String Quartet at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance from 2014-16; previously they spent two years as Leverhulme Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music. The Quartet also works regularly with the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, helping to secure the future of chamber music by performing to young children and families in schools and venues throughout London.

Recent seasons have included debuts in Istanbul and Barcelona, a residency at the Academie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, tours of Scotland, Ireland, and the Netherlands, a CD recorded at the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, Oxford, and residencies at the Rye Arts Festival and the Lincolnshire International Music Festival. Collaborations have included concerts with the Belcea Quartet, Simon Rowland-Jones, Michael Collins, Moray Welsh, Marc Coppey, and Rebecca Gilliver. Recent highlights have also included performances with pianists Tom Poster, Clare Hammond, and Charles Owen.

The Quartet is currently mentored by the Belcea Quartet through the Belcea Quartet Trust. The group has also worked with members of the Chilingirian, Doric and Hagen Quartets and studied at the Reina Sofia Institute in Madrid with Günter Pichler.
The Piatti Quartet takes its name from the great 19th-century cellist Alfredo Piatti, who was a leading professor and exponent of chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music.

To find out more visit the Piatti's website 

The Vogler Quartet

The Vogler Quartet, still featuring the four original members, was founded in 1985. In the 29 years since its foundation, it has secured a place for itself among the top chamber music ensembles, thanks to its great individual and joint skills, and has been a guest on nearly all the world's major concert platforms. It was the quartet's sensational success at the 1986 string quartet competition in Evian, France, where they won several prizes, that set the four musicians on the path to a great international career. The Vogler Quartet's repertoire covers both the classical works for string quartet from Haydn to Bartók and the Second Viennese School, as well as lesser-known and brand-new works, giving them an unusual range. Modern compositions have been written for them by Ian Wilson, Gerald Barry, Frank Michael Beyer, Jörg Widmann, Mauricio Kagel, Erhard Grosskopf and others. The Quartet's versatility and openness is also reflected in their regular cooperation with other well-known musicians, where their spectrum ranges from a quintet featuring a piano, clarinet, viola or cello, to works scored for an octet.

To find out more about the Vogler Quartet visit their website

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The audience at wonderful Dillington House proved, once more, to be intelligent, informed and engaged with the subject. It is a delight to talk at a place where the thirst for culture and knowledge remains both broad and deep. Giles Tremlett (2013)