Oliver Heath violin
Sara Wolstenholme violin
Gary Pomeroy viola
Christopher Murray cello
The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet are fast earning a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment. In May 2013 they became the first ensemble in 15 years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award. Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music they were selected for representation by YCAT, were awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship and in 2012 won Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Performances of Tippet’s quartets marked the Quartet’s debut on CD (Wigmore Live; autumn 2015), and the Quartet’s connection with Wigmore Hall continues with a Bartók cycle in 2015/16, a cycle of the Jörg Widmann quartets in 2017/18 (as part of the Emerging Talent Scheme) and a Beethoven cycle in 2018/19.
Strong exponents of contemporary music, the Quartet have performed works by Hans Abrahamsen, Thomas Ades, Louis Andriessen, Brett Dean, Anthony Gilbert, Sofia Gubaidulina, Ligeti, Steven Mackey (playing in the European première of his Gaggle and Flock for string octet) and John Musto (Another Place with Carolyn Sampson at Wigmore Hall).
The Quartet’s next two recordings are supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust and released o the Harmonia Mundi label. Tchaikovsky’s First and Third Quartets (studio recording) were released in 2016 to great acclaim (read reviews here), with live Wigmore Hall recordings of Bartók six quartets following in May 2017.
The Heath Quartet members – with Sara Wolstenholme joining as second violin in 2017 – are Professors of Chamber Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, individually holding instrumental teaching posts in the faculty.
We were thrilled to join the BBT family last year having been awarded the Special Ensemble Award. It has been an invaluable part of our development as a quartet, and the support given by Susan, David and Debra continues to enable our dreams to come true!
Photographs by Simon Way