Performance Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Heath Quartet

Weill Recital Hall
Known for its “passionate performances that combine technical accomplishment with interpretative flair” (The Strad), the Heath Quartet comes to Carnegie Hall with a program of quintessential chamber works that include Beethoven’s classic String Quartet No. 6, Mendelssohn’s richly romantic "Ist es wahr" String Quartet, and Bartók’s chilling Second Quartet, which paints a devastating landscape of the sadness and loss found as a result of the horrors of war.

This concert is part of Salon Encores.


  • Heath Quartet
    ·· Oliver Heath, Violin
    ·· Cerys Jones, Violin
    ·· Gary Pomeroy, Viola
    ·· Christopher Murray, Cello


  • BEETHOVEN String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6
  • BARTÓK String Quartet No. 2
  • MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13, "Ist es wahr?"

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Heath Quartet

    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.

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Mendelssohn's String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13, "Ist es wahr?" (Adagio, allegro vivace)
Juilliard String Quartet

At a Glance

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6

In his six Op. 18 Quartets, written between 1798 and 1800, the young Beethoven staked his claim to the title of Haydn's and Mozart's successor in the realm of the string quartet. The last of the set, the B-flat-Major Quartet is notably adventurous in both form and expression: The hauntingly mercurial finale, with its sharp contrasts of mood, anticipates the language of Beethoven's later quartets.

BÉLA BARTÓK  String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17

A richly imaginative essay in colorful sonorities and propulsive rhythms, the Second Quartet of 1915-1917 reflects Bartók's youthful impressionistic style and his fascination with the folk music of his native Hungary. The work's three movements form a kind of triptych whose center panel is a propulsive Allegro characterized by constantly shifting, dancelike rhythms.

FELIX MENDELSSOHN  String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13, "Ist es wahr?"

Written when the composer was 18, the A-Minor Quartet bears the marks of Mendelssohn's precocious genius in its technical assurance and the confident handling of large-scale forms that reflects his close study of Beethoven's quartets. The French predilection for Beethoven helps explain why the Op. 13 Quartet became a popular set piece at the Paris Conservatoire. "The pupils there," Mendelssohn proudly reported to his family, "are practicing their fingers off to play 'Ist es wahr?'"

Program Notes
This performance is part of Quartets Plus.