13th January 2018, 7.30pm

Linlithgow Primary School

Music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Debussy

Tickets: Full £12, Students £6

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Prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Piatti Quartet is amongst the UK’s foremost young ensembles with a host of awards and critically-acclaimed recordings to its name. They have performed in all the major venues around the  UK, including a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast from the Wigmore Hall. The Quartet has also appeared in concerts throughout the world, with national broadcasts on ABC (Australia), RTE (Ireland) radio and France Musique (France).

BEETHOVEN: Quartet in F minor Op.95, 'Serioso'

MENDELSSOHN: Quartet in F minor Op.80

DEBUSSY: Quartet in G minor

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.


Nathaniel Anderson-Franck    1st Violin

Nathaniel has appeared with the group in concerts throughout the U.K. and abroad.  

Also an experienced orchestral musician, Nathaniel is the newly-appointed Leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra, and he has already appeared as soloist with the Orchestra on BBC Radio.

As a committed educator, Nathaniel has coached students at both the Royal Academy of Music and the Trinity-Laban Conservatoire, where he has also held solo and chamber music fellowships. Nathaniel has also been invited to share his experience as an orchestral tutor for the iCulture Orchestra (Poland), the Aberdeen Youth Orchestra, and the National Music Camp of Canada.

A native of Toronto now living in the United Kingdom, Nathaniel received his Masters of Music degree with the highest honours from the Royal Academy of Music.  He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree with academic honours from the Cleveland Institute of Music and  was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2015.

Nathaniel plays a violin by G. Cappa, Saluzzo, 1682, generously made available to him on long-term loan by a consortium of investors.

Michael Trainor      2nd Violin

Michael Trainor has a varied career as soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster. He is in high demand as a chamber musician and is a founding member of the Piatti Quartet. 

His solo performances have included BBC radio broadcasts from various performances including Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto and a premiere of Philip Hammond’s ‘Concertino’ both with the Ulster Orchestra.

He was leader of the RTE Concert Orchestra (Dublin) for a season when he was 22 and has been invited for leading and principal positions in many different orchestras around the UK and Ireland. His most recent concertmaster performances include with the John Wilson Orchestra and for Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett at the Royal Albert Hall.

He plays on a 1735 Gennaro Gagliano violin on loan from an anonymous donor. 

Tetsuumi Nagata   Viola

Tetsuumi Nagata was born in Canada and began studying the viola at the age of five. When he was twelve, he was awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School where he studied with Hu Kun and Maciej Rakowski. He continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under the guidance of Professors David Takeno and Krsysztof Chorzelski. Tesuumi has performed regularly at venues such as the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls, The Sage, Gateshead and at the BBC Proms. He has attended masterclasses at IMS Prussia Cove, Britten Pears Aldeburgh and ProQuartet in France with András Schiff, Andras Keller, Thomas Ades and members of the Alban Berg, Artemis, Belcea, Cleveland, Endellion, Hagen, Mosaiques and Takacs String Quartets. As a former member of the Benyounes String Quartet, the quartet were 2nd prize winners at the Orlando Competition in Holland and performed at the Wigmore Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus and at the Britten 100 Centenary weekend in Aldeburgh, which was broadcast on Radio 3. Tetsuumi is a member of the Nidum Ensemble and the Arensky Chamber Orchestra. He plays a viola by William Hill, London, 1776.

Jessie Ann Richardson       ‘Cello

Cellist Jessie Ann Richardson is rapidly establishing herself as both a soloist and chamber musician around the UK and Europe, having thrilled audiences with her virtuoso and sensitive musicianship. Chosen by the Park Lane Group for their prestigious Young Artist Series, Jessie made her London Purcell Room Debut in January 2011.

Having studied at the Purcell School, then at the Royal Academy of Music, Jessie won the Herbert Walenn Prize for cello and graduated with the highest honours. Musical inspirations include the late Bernard Greenhouse, whom Jessie was very fortunate to have studied privately with, at his invitation during the winter of 2007 in Cape Cod, USA; And Lluis Claret whom Jessie studied with in Barcelona in 2011 and is very grateful for the Countess of Munster and Martin Musical Funds to have enabled her to do so.

Jessie is a founding member of the renowned Piatti Quartet.   

Jessie is looking forward to recitals on the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme and currently plays a Celoniatus Cello made made in 1741 around Turin kindly lent to her by a patron of the Beares International Violin Society.