Piatti Quartet triumphs at Wigmore Hall International String Competition


The Piatti Quartet, Trinity Laban’s Richard Carne Junior Fellows for 2014-16, has won joint second prize in the Wigmore Hall London International String Quartet Competition, held on Sunday 29 March 2015.

In the final round the Piatti Quartet played Dvorak’s String Quartet in G major Op.106. Reviewer Robert Hugill says the Piatti Quartet “…brought a sophisticated sense of communal music making to the movement, giving the ambiguous melody real emotional depth.” (Planet Hugill).

The Piattis also received the Sidney Griller Prize for the best performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Contusion (specially commissioned for the competition), as well as the St. Lawrence String Quartet Prize.

The Quartet’s Jessie Ann Richardson says: “It is all the more special for us to have won our first big international prize here at home in London and we have been overwhelmed by all the support we have received throughout the week. Very heartwarming!”

As current holders of the Richard Carne Junior Fellowship for 2014/15, the Piatti Quartet regularly appears at Trinity Laban, giving concerts and masterclasses and working with students in the string department. They were one of only two UK quartets in the final, the other being the Benyounes Quartet, who held the Richard Carne Junior Fellowship at Trinity Laban in 2011-13.

Audiences can hear performances from the Piatti Quartet, the Benyounes Quartet and also a special recital from the winners of the Wigmore competition, the Quatuor van Kuijk, at Trinity Laban’s Royal Greenwich String Quartet Festival, which takes place on 24 and 25 April.

Picture credit - Malcolm Crowthers