Ruisi Quartet

Alessandro Ruisi, violin 1
Oliver Cave, violin 2
Luba Tunnicliffe, viola
Max Ruisi, cello

Winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society award for Young British String Players, the Ruisi Quartet has established a reputation as a charismatic and expressive ensemble, delivering performances that are "strikingly immediate, committed and direct" (Chichester Observer). Founded in 2012 by half-Sicilian brothers Alessandro and Max, the quartet performs regularly throughout the UK and Europe. Currently a Countess of Munster R Based in London, the group has given concerts at many leading venues, including Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Brighton Dome and Conway Hall, plus appearances in Scotland, Spain, Germany and Austria. Dedicated to continually exploring and developing, the group has studied with a wide range of leading musicians. In 2018, the Quartet was selected for an Aldeburgh Chamber Music Residency (working with cellist/conductor David Watkin), and for the IMS Prussia Cove masterclasses with Thomas Adès. In 2016 the group was Quartet in Residence at the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival, and in the same year was selected as Tunnell Trust Award winners. The Quartet also attended the 2015 IMS Prussia Cove masterclasses, where it worked with Ferenc Rados and Rita Wagner. For the 2013/14 season the group was selected for the 'ChamberStudio' Mentorship programme at Kings Place, London. This allowed the quartet to work closely with mentor Simon Rowland-Jones, whilst also receiving masterclasses from some of the world's most eminent chamber musicians. The Quartet also been lucky enough to work with Gábor Takács, Anthony Marwood, Levon Chilingirian, Pavel Fischer, Krysia Osostowicz and Peter Cropper. Currently a Countess of Munster R Recent highlights have included a tour of Scotland in 2017, live performances on BBC Radio 3 and the use of the Vuillaume 'Evangelist' instruments that were on short-term loan to the Quartet. The Quartet is grateful for the long-term loan of a specially-made set of matching instruments by Harris & Sheldon of London.