Recipients of the 2012 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artists Award (the first ensemble
to win the award since 1997) and the 2012 Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Ensemble Prize,
the Heath Quartet has performed at many major festivals and venues throughout Europe,
including the Barbican, Bridgewater Hall, Sage Gateshead, The Queen's Hall (Edinburgh),
Vienna's Musikverein, Esterházy Palace, Berlin's Konzerthaus, Vara Konserthus (Sweden), and
the Schwetzinger and Kissingen Winterzauber festivals. During the last year, highlights
have included debuts at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and deSingel Arts Centre in
Antwerp; recitals with clarinetist Michael Collins in Germany and Austria; appearances at
the Salisbury, Peasmarsh, Mecklenberg-Vorpommern, and Spitalﬁelds festivals; and several
concerts recorded for BBC Radio 3. Other artists with whom the quartet has collaborated
include Ian Bostridge, Edgar Meyer, Stephen Hough, Lawrence Power, the Tokyo String Quartet
and Colin Currie, and composers Soﬁa Gubaidulina, Steve Mackey, and Brett Dean.
The Heath Quartet performs regularly at Wigmore Hall, where future engagements include
complete cycles of both the Tippett and Bartók quartets and a collaboration with Anna
Caterina Antonacci. This season, the quartet makes its US debut with performances at The
Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, as well as at Middlebury and Marlboro colleges. In
addition, the quartet performs at the Concertgebouw and the Louvre, and appears on stage at
the English National Opera in Calixto Bieto's Fidelio. The quartet's members serve
as faculty at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
The Heath Quartet won first prize at the Tromp international competition in 2008, and was
selected by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) the same year. In 2011, it performed
two complete Beethoven cycles at the Fàcyl Festival in Salamanca, Spain, and at Greyfriars
Church in Edinburgh, for which it received a Bank of Scotland Herald Angel Award. The
quartet has also received awards from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.
The Heath Quartet was formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music under the
guidance of Dr. Christopher Rowland and Alasdair Tait, with whom the ensemble continued its
studies at the Reina Sofía in Madrid. The quartet members were Leverhulme Junior Fellows at
the RNCM from 2008 to 2010, and Senior Fellows at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
from 2010 to 2012. The quartet has undertaken residencies at The Banff Centre in Canada and
the Britten-Pears School (Aldeburgh), in addition to studying at IMS Prussia Cove with
András Schiff and Erich Höbarth. Other teachers have included Ferenc Rados, Isabel
Charisius, and members of the Lindsay, Smetana, Takács, and LaSalle quartets.