THE HEATH STRING QUARTET

The Heath Quartet formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music. They were selected for representation by YCAT, awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship and in 2012 won the Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern where they are now regular visitors.

In 2016 they won the Gramophone Chamber Award for their recording of the complete string quartets of Sir Michael Tippett, and in May 2013 became the first ensemble in fifteen years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award. Their award-winning release of the Tippett was followed by two discs recorded for the Harmonia Mundi/PIAS label featuring Tchaikovsky’s first and third quartets and the complete Bartók quartets, the latter of which won the 2017 Limelight Chamber Music Award and was nominated for the 2018 Gramophone Chamber Music Award.

Their most recent release on Signum Records with Carolyn Sampson features works by Berg, Webern and Schoenberg.

Previous season highlights include completion of two season residency at the Boulez Saal Berlin, their Barcelona debut in Palau de la Musica Catalana, a Beethoven series at Bath Festival, debuts at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Saffron Hall and Cheltenham Festival, as well as returns to Handelsbeurs Ghent, Aldeburgh and Norfolk & Norwich festivals.

The 2023/24 season sees a tour in the USA, live broadcast with Steven Osborne for the BBC Chamber Proms, appearance on BBC Radio 4 ‘How to Play,’ the opening coffee concert at the newly renovated Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and collaborations including Tom Poster, Ben Goldscheider and the Elias String Quartet.
They continue their longstanding relationship with Mecklenberg Vorpommern summer festival and Wigmore Hall.