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Heath String Quartet

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
7:30 pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Heath String Quartet

Oliver Heath, violin
Cerys Jones, violin
Gary Pomeroy, viola
Christopher Murray, cello

Known for “passionate performances that combine technical accomplishment with interpretative flair” (The Strad), the Heath Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting and original voice on the international chamber-music scene. Middlebury hosts the quartet on their U.S. debut tour, with a preview of their Carnegie Hall debut program: Beethoven’s String Quartet op. 18 no. 6; Bartok’s second quartet, and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet no. 2 in A Minor. Professor Greg Vitercik, chair of the music department, offers a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 pm in Room 125. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and an anonymous member of the Performing Arts Series Society, in honor of Paul Nelson.

Reserved Seating. Tickets: $20/15/6, and on sale in September. Visit the Box Office for details>>

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New! Associated Residency Activities


Master Class: Heath Quartet

2:50-4:05 pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Come observe the Heath Quartet as they coach two student string quartets as part of the Department of Music’s “Performing Chamber Music” class, and discuss rehearsal techniques. Free


Live Studio Performance: Heath Quartet

11:00 am-12:00 pm, Vermont Public Radio
Listen in to Vermont Public Radio’s statewide VPR Classical, as host Walter Parker interviews the Heath Quartet and invites them to perform the second movement of Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2. Tune to your local VPR Classical station, or listen online at


Heath Quartet perform Beethoven at the Festival Internacional de las Artes de Castilla y León.


BEETHOVEN String Quartet Op. 18 No. 6

BARTOK String Quartet No. 2

MENDELSSOHN String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13

Ensemble Biography

Heath Quartet
Oliver Heath, violin
Cerys Jones, violin
Gary Pomeroy, viola
Christopher Murray, cello

Since being selected by the Young Concert Artists Trust and winning 1st Prize at the Tromp Competition in 2008 the Heath Quartet has forged a strong international presence. In 2011 they were awarded a prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship and undertook complete Beethoven cycles at the Facyl Festival in Salamanca and in Edinburgh. They went on to win the 2012 Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and have just been announced as the recipient of the 2012 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artists award.

Highlights over the last year have included recitals at Wigmore Hall as part of the Emerging Talent scheme, including the premiere of a new work by Luke Bedford and collaborations with Stephen Hough and Ian Bostridge. The Quartet made their debut at the Kissingen Winterzauber, Schwetzinger and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals, the deSingel Arts Centre in Antwerp, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Berlin Konzerthaus and Stadtstheatre in Grein, and appeared at the Salisbury, Spitalfields and Peasmarsh Festivals. They also toured throughout the Netherlands and Argentina, returned to Banff and worked with the Florestan Piano Trio, Tokyo Quartet, Colin Currie, Michael Collins, Joanna MacGregor, Bram van Seembeck and composers Brett Dean and Steven Mackey.

Future engagements include complete Tippett and Bartók cycles, and a recital with the soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci at Wigmore Hall, debut recitals at the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay in Paris, return visits to the Concertgebouw and their USA debut tour that will include Middlebury College, Marlboro College, Washington DC's Phillips Collection, and their New York recital debut presented by Carnegie Hall at Weill Recital Hall.

The Heath Quartet was formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music, under the guidance of the late Dr. Christopher Rowland and Alasdair Tait. The Quartet are Professors of Chamber Music at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Artist Website

Press Quotes

"A performance of unforced beauty and tremulous tension"--The Times (London)

"The delicate perfection of the sound was a marvel, and in leader Oliver Heath's hands the recurring dropping figure had an exquisite tenderness."--The Telegraph

"If the Haydn slow movement had been heavenly, so was the truly inspired, time-stopping playing in Beethoven's Adagio, the most impressive part of an exceptional evening."--The Perthshire Advertiser

"Their account of Beethoven's Quartet in E flat, Op 74 was suavity itself."--The Sunday Times

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