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Heath Quartet

Saturday, May 9th, 2020 • 7:30pm

Community Church of Sebastopol
1000 Gravenstein Highway, Sebastopol

Oliver Heath, violin
Sara Wolstenholme, violin
Gary Pomeroy, viola
Chris Murray, cello

For the final concert in Redwood Arts’ Ruby Anniversary Season,  we present dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet. The Heath Quartet is 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.  Gramophone praises their “…playing that had a genuine intimacy ….:”

Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music they, 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 recent seasons include a five-concert series at Wigmore Hall featuring Jörg Widmann’s quartets, a tour of the US including debuts in Chicago and Los Angeles, and recitals in Belgium and The Netherlands. They  recorded the Enescu and Mendelssohn octets, and gave the premiere of a new work by Helen Grime. Other notable performances include 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 made their debut in New York at both Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, and continue their residence at Middlebury College, Vermont. The Heath Quartet are members of faculty at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, Brahms
Quartet #2, Britten
Quartet in A minor, Op.132, Beethoven

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