Belvedere House 6 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1 – Sunday 25th March 2018 6pm

Programme will include Bach, Philip Glass, Eric Sammut, Takatsugu Muramatsu, Gordon Stout and Keiko Abe.

An Irish musician of Romanian origin, Alex is quickly establishing himself both nationally and internationally as a percussionist of the finest calibre. His debut album, “Alex Petcu: In Time” has recently been released on the RTE lyric fm label and showcases both seminal works and new contributions to the percussion repertoire.


Alex performs in a wide variety of settings with a multitude of orchestras, ensembles and groups, however, his main speciality lies in solo and chamber music. As a soloist, recent appearances include performances at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Kilruddery House and National Concert Hall to name a few. He has performed as a soloist with both RTE orchestras and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and had successes in major national and international competitions such as the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year, Tromp and A.R.D. International competitions.

Alex regularly collaborates with composers and enjoys being involved in the creation of new music. Examples of recent projects include “Beats, Bells and Bridges” and the Abbey Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, both collaborations with composer Tom Lane, “A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing”, a children’s show jointly commissioned by The Ark and Music Network with music composed by Brian Irvine and “Invitation to a Journey”, a dance/theatre/music collaboration with music by Deirdre Gribbin. He is a regular performer with the Crash and Hard Rain ensembles, two of Ireland’s main contemporary groups, and is a founding member of the Bangers and Crash Percussion Group, a new exciting percussion ensemble.

Alex also enjoys performing in an orchestral setting and is a regular extra player for the various professional ensembles in Ireland such as the RTE Symphony, RTE Concert, Irish Chamber, Irish Baroque and Ulster orchestras.

Aside from his performing activities, he is also a keen teacher and has given lecture recitals at Ireland’s universities, taught at the CIT Cork School of Music, given workshops for West Cork Music’s “Tuning Up” outreach scheme and more. He also holds an MA in music performance from the CIT Cork School of Music, an MSc and BSc in Physics from University College Cork and is currently studying for a doctorate at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

12 Henrietta Street, Dublin -Sunday 18th February 2018 4.30pm

My Funny Valentine – Niall O’Sullivan & Shóna Hannebury

It’s that time of the year! Love abounds and what better way to spend a Sunday with loved ones and friends than listening to the beautiful sounds of Niall O’Sullivan’s trumpet playing and Shona’s singing.


‘My Funny Valentine’ celebrates some of the world’s best loved songs and melodies. Hear jazz classics, pop ballads, classical masterpieces and unforgettable numbers from stage & screen performed by Ireland’s foremost trumpet player Niall O’Sullivan. Following their recent sold out Irish and US shows, Niall will be joined on stage with his musicians and guest vocalist Shóna to perform works from his three #1 selling albums including the timeless Moon River, the Godfather, Stardust, Libertango, and of course, My Funny Valentine.


12 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1 – Sunday 3rd December 2017 4.30pm Doors 4pm

BRONTË: A Solo Portrait of Charlotte Brontë

By William Luce

Performed by Sharon Mc Ardle

Directed by Declan Gorman

Produced by Vere Lenox-Conyngham, Anaverna

Costumes by Sinead Roberts



William Luce’s multiple award-winning drama, BRONTË: A Solo Portrait of Charlotte Brontë, has been presented in a new production specially commissioned by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to commemorate the bicentennial of the birth of the author of Jane Eyre, who was of Irish heritage.  

On a windswept evening Charlotte returns to her home in a bleak Yorkshire parsonage having buried her last surviving sibling, Anne.  Faced with the daunting prospect of minding her Irish father into old age, she reminisces about her childhood, her gifted sisters Emily (author of Wuthering Heights), Anne (Agnes Grey) and other family members all deceased, and reflects on her own journey to literary fame.  In spite of her sadness she manages to find courage and laughter, wondering as the evening passes if another Irish clergyman might call by, the Rev. Arthur Bell Nicholls in whom she has an interest.

Performed by Sharon McArdle, a professional actor, who now lectures in Drama Education at DCU, directed by Declan Gorman, award-winning Fingal theatre artist and former artistic director of Upstate Theatre Project and produced by Vere Lenox-Conyngham at Anaverna, Ravenstale.

It has recently enjoyed very well received public performances at the Bronte Homeland Museum in County Down (through whom it was part-funded by Banbridge District Council), Ardgillan Castle, Anaverna House (which has produced the work) and Beaulieu house (as part of the Drogheda Arts Festival, 2017).

The running time of the show is 1 hour 20 minutes plus interval.

25 Mountjoy Square, Sunday 22nd October 2017 4.30pm

Roman Simovic (leader LSO), Milena Simovic & Tim Hugh (principal cellist LSO)

25 Mountjoy Square, Sunday 22nd October 2017 4.30pm

Mozart Divertimento in E flat, K.563
Beethoven Trio in C minor
Dohnanyi Serenade in C, Op. 10



Roman Simovic’s brilliant virtuosity and seemingly-inborn musicality, fueled by a limitless imagination, has taken him throughout all continents performing on many of world’s leading stages including the Bolshoi Hall of the Tchaikovsky conservatory, Mariinsky hall in St. Petersburg, Grand Opera House in Tel-Aviv, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Rudolfinum Hall in Prague, Art Centre in Seoul, Grieg Hall in Bergen, Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow and in the Barbican Hall in London where he is currently leader of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Roman Simovic has been awarded prizes at numerous international competitions among which are ‘Premio Rodolfo Lipizer'(Italy), Sion-Valais (Switzerland), Yampolsky Violin Competition (Russia) and the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition (Poland), placing him among the foremost violinists of his generation. As soloist, Simovic has appeared with the world leading orchestras: London Symphony orchestra, Mariinsky theatre symphony orchestra, Teatro Regio Torino, Symphony Nova Scotia (Canada), Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra (Hungary), Camerata Bern (Switzerland), Camerata Salzburg (Austria), CRR Chamber Orchestra (Turkey), Poznan Philharmonia, Prague Philharmonia,
North Brabant (Holland).

A sought-after artist, Roman Simovic has been invited and continues to perform at various distinguished festivals such as the ‘Verbier Festival’, ‘White Nights’ Festival St. Petersburg, Easter Festival Valery Gergiev Moscow, Dubrovnik Summer Festival in Croatia, ‘Kotor Art’ Montenegro, the BEMUS and NOMUS Festivals in Serbia, ‘Sion Valais’ Switzerland, Norway’s Bergen Festival, ‘Moscow Winter’ Festival in Russia, Portogruaro Festival in Italy, ‘Granada music festival’ in Spain, collaborating with renowned artists including Leonidas Kavakos, Evgeny Kissin,Yuja Wang, Gautie Capuson, Antoine Tamestit, Misha Maisky, Schlomo Mintz, Francois Leleux, Itamar Golan, Simon Trpceski, Janine Jansen and Julian Rachlin.
As an educator, he has presenter master-classes in the US, UK, South Korea, Serbia, Montenegro, Israel, Italy. Roman Simovic plays a 1709 Antonio Stradivari violin which was generously given to him on loan from Jonathan Moulds, Bank of America’s president. In the 17/18 season Roman Simovis is relising the cd with Tchaikovsky and Glazunov concertos with Gergiev and Mariinsky orchestra for the Mariinsky label.



Milena Simovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia.
She achieved several significant appearances in Austria, Sweden, Italy, USA, Brazil,
Israel and Great Britain where she was praised as “unique talent with wonderful
musicality”. She has performed in many important venues in Belgrade and throughout Serbia and Montenegro. She is regular participant in the most important festivals in Europe, such as “BEMUS” , “NOMUS”, “BELEF” (Serbia), as well as “Kotor Art” and “Budva City- Theatre” in Montenegro, Musical Evenings in St Donatus in Croatia, “Campos do
Jordao” in the state of Sao Paulo and festival of Ouro Preto in Brazil, Fondazione musicale ‘Santa Cecilia’ in Portogruaro, Italy, Keshet Eilon in Israel, and Musikdorf Ernen in Switzerland where she also performed with festival chamber orchestras.

Milena is resident viola and chamber music coach at the Culture Festival in Sardinia, teaching and performing alongside Ivry Gitlis, Konstantin Lifshitz, Itamar Golan, Olga Sitkovetsky, Gordan Nikolitch, Roman Simovic, Giovanni Gnocchi, Alexander Zemtsov
among others.

Milena is “Keshet Eilon” alumna, where she worked with renowned musicians such as Shlomo Mintz, Vadim Gluzman, Ani Schnarch, Haim Taub, Ida Haendel and Hagai Shaham, performing at the final concerts in Opera House in Tel Aviv. In June 2009 Milena completed Bachelor and Master Degree at Belgrade University- Faculty of Music and Arts, under Professor Maja Jokanovic, with whom she continues to study as a Phd student.
In 2011 Milena pursued Master of Music Degree at Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Distinction where she was a violin student of Professor Krzysztof Smietana. At Guildhall Milena has received coaching from Belcea Quartet and has collaborated with renowned conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel and James Gaffigan. Milena has furthermore pursued her studies with Lawrence power as viola player at the Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK.

Milena recorded several music programs for radio and television in many countries
across Europe and South America.

Milena is grateful for generous support of Albert Cooper Music Charitable Trust, Leverhulme Trust and Leathersellers’ Company throughout her master studies in London. She is also a recipient of a scholarship by Rotary Club “Skadarlija” in Belgrade and Young Talent Award given by the Government of Serbia.

Milena is currently playing on a Paolo Antonio Testore viola.


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Tim  studied with Aldo Parisot at Yale and then in London with Jaqueline Du Pre whilst reading Medicine at Cambridge University. Following his success at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, he has enjoyed an international career as soloist alongside his position as Principal Cellist with the LSO.

He has worked as soloist with many of the great conductors including Previn, Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis, Rostropovich, Menuhin, Harding, Xavier-Roth, Myung-Whun Chung and Tortelier. His recordings of Brahms Double and Beethoven Triple with the LSO and Haitink together with Nikolitch and Lars Vogt are released by LSO Live.  He also recorded Beethoven triple with Howard Shelley and Tasmin Little and in 2014 performed it with Leonidas Kavakos and Enrico Pace with the LSO.

His interest in contemporary music led to performances of Boulez’ Messagesquisse with BBC symphony and LSO, Dutilleux “ Tout un Monde Lontain”, Britten Cello Symphony , Hugh Wood concerto, all at the Albert Hall Proms. For Naxos he recorded the 3 Britten suites from a live performance and other recordings include Walton, Bliss, Finzi, Boccherini, Hoffman, Holst, and CPE Bach concertos. The Bach Suites  were reviewed by BBC music magazine as “the best performance on a modern cello” – available from LSO Live iTunes and his solo disc “Hands on Heart” in memory of his brother Steve featuring a live performance of Kodaly solo sonata on NAIM records.

As solo cellist with the LSO he has performed Elgar, Strass Don Quixote, Shostakovich, Tischenko, Dutilleux, Haydn, Dvorak, Messiaen and Walton concertos and at the Barbican gave recitals with Andre Previn, Helen Grimaud, Nikolai Znaider, Viktoria Mullova and Andrew Marriner. In recent years he toured the UK playing Elgar and Brahms an Shostakovich concertos with Moscow Philharmonic and in Spain with LSO at Alhambra Palace. He performed Saint-Saëns concerto with Pamplona Symphony and also recorded and performed the Tabakov and Saygun concertos in Ankara , Turkey and Rousse Bulgaria as well as giving recitals in Beirut, Dubai , New York and Portugal.

With Maestro Valery Gergiev he gave the UK premiere of the Tischenko Cello concerto with the LSO at the Barbican and also premiered it with him at the Berlin Philharmonie and the Rotterdam Festival. In Nürnberg he opened the season playing the Walton concerto with their Principal Conductor Alexander Shelley and recently performed the  Elgar concerto  in Frankfurt, Brandenburg and India.


37 Raglan Road, Dublin 4 – Sunday 1st October 2017 4.30pm

Rachel Croash & Deborah Collins

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Rachel is an exciting emerging soprano from Dublin, recently graduated with a masters degree in performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she has taken roles in a number of student productions.

Oratorio engagements include Mozart’s Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ A Serenade to Music at The National Concert Hall, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle with The Culwick Choral Society and Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Bach Cantata BWV 41 Jesu, nun sei gepreiset at St.Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh.

She has performed in recital for Lismore Opera Festival, Opera Ireland, Opera Theatre Company, Wexford Festival Opera, The Contemporary Music Centre and the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition.

She has sung in concert for The Drogheda International Classical Music Series, The Glasnevin Musical Society, conducted by Colman Pearce, Lyric Opera in Puccini by Candlelight, conducted by John Gibbons and recently made her debut with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in a lunchtime concert conducted by Christopher Bell. Rachel has also had the privilege of performing at the Metropolitan Club, New York, where An Taoiseach Enda Kenny was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Irish-US Council.

Roles include Miss.Wordsworth Albert Herring, Fox The Cunning Little Vixen, Parasha Mavra, Woman Greed (RIAM), Gorm Flatpack (Ulysess Theatre Company), Narrator The Oldest Woman in Limerick, Banana 2 Things We Throw Away (Wide Open Opera), Ein Frau/Jenny’s girl The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Rough Magic/Opera Theatre Company) Annina La Traviata, Bridesmaid 1 Trial by Jury (Wexford Festival Opera), Frasquita Carmen (RTÉ Concert Orchestra) and Valencienne The Merry Widow (Lyric Opera).

At the Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil, Rachel won the Lieder Prize, Nancy Calthorpe Cup, The Mrs.P.J. Geoghan Memorial Cup and Gus Smith Award and was the winner of the inaugural Mollie Murray Award for most Promising Singer. She was a recipient of the John McCormack Society Bursary and has also been a finalist in the NCH Bernadette Greevy Vocal Bursary. She was recently awarded a Young Emerging Artist Award by Wexford Festival Opera and PwC.

Wellington Room, Mornington House, 24 Upper Merrion Street, Merrion Hotel, Dublin 2 – 18th June 2017, 4.30pm & 7.15pm



Antelope Productions and the Delmaine String Quartet present

The Waterloo Concert

This unique event was first presented in Dangan, Co Meath in June 2015 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the Duke of Wellington’s historic connection with the Irish countryside. It features the Delmaine String Quartet and a cast of actors and singers in a programme of music, song, poetry and prose that reflects many aspects of the great battle and its aftermath.

Works by Shostakovich, Beethoven and Schubert are performed alongside pieces composed by the Duke’s own father, Garret Wesley, who was the first professor of music at Trinity College.

Actors Michael James Ford and Gary Jermyn relive the famous battle and the epic rivalry between Wellington and Bonaparte in a narrative that includes works by Lord Byron, Thomas Hardy, Elizabeth Longford and Rudyard Kipling along with the Iron Duke’s own letters and military dispatches. The concert also features some of the popular songs of the period and transports the audience back to that bloody field in Belgium where the history of Europe was reshaped.

This evening of music and words will be held in Mornington House 24 Upper Merrion Street, now part of the Merrion Hotel but originally the town house of the Wesley family and reputedly the birthplace of the Duke of Wellington.

12 Henrietta Street, Dublin – 7 May 2017, 4.30pm



19-year-old cellist Christopher Ellis began his musical studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Aisling Drury Byrne. At the age of 17 he was offered a place in the prestigious Paris Conservatoire in the class of Marc Coppey. Recent festival appearance have seen Christopher play at ‘La Biennale di Venezia,’ the RIAM Chamber Ensemble’s tour of China and most recently the Piatigorsky Cello Festival in Los Angeles. Here, Christopher shared the stage of Walt Disney hall with cellist pedagogues such as Mischa Maisky, Frans Helmerson, Laurence Lesser, Giovanni Sollima etc.



Bach Suite 6 Prélude, Sarabande & Gigue
Penderecki – Divertimento – Serenade, Scherzo, Notturno
Cassado – Suite
Casals – Song of the Birds

Freemasons’ Hall, Dublin – SUNDAY 9 April, 4.30pm


“belonging amongst the greatest violinists, except for names such as Maxim Vengerov, Itzhak Perlman and Nigel Kennedy, I cannot think of those with whom I can compare you! .. This is passionate abandoned playing, full of excitement, risks and drama… a dangerously virtuosic ability which seems to feed off itself.”

                                              – Alexander Bailie, RDS Music Festival

Regarded as one of Ireland’s most promising musicians, international award winning violinist Patrick Rafter has toured Europe, Asia and America as Concert Violinist, Chamber and Orchestral musician, and currently studies under Maxim Vengerov and Oleg Kaskiv at the International Menuhin Music Academy(IMMA), Switzerland. Most recently, Patrick was awarded 1st prize at the International Valiant Violin Competition in Switzerland held in August, 2016. During his career, he has studied with and performed alongside names such as Maxim Vengerov, Schlomo Mintz, Barry Douglas, John O’Conor, Arvo Part, Semyon Bychkov, Marin Alsop, Sir Mark Elder and Gianedra Noseda.

Born in 1991 into a highly musical family in Kilkenny Ireland, Patrick studied under Fionnuala Hunt at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and subsequently with Mateja Marincovic at the Royal Academy of Music London. At 17, he was awarded the highest ever mark of 99% at Ireland’s most prestigious music festival – Dublin’s ‘Feis Ceoil’. Patrick has received a host of Ireland’s most prestigious awards including the RDS Music Bursary, National Concert Hall Young Musician of the Year, Clandeboye/Accenture Young Musician of the Year, Kilkenny Person of the Year(Music) amongst many others.

As a concertmaster, Patrick was principle violinist with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, Royal Academy of Music Symphony and Concert Orchestra amongst others and regularly leads the International Menuhin Music Academy Soloists.

2016/2017 Season for Patrick includes performances in Ireland, UK, France, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Ukraine and South America and also solo appearances and debuts with RTE Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Mannheim Chamber Orchestra, IMMA Soloists, Dublin Orchestral Players amongst others.

Patrick plays on a Georges Chanot violin, kindly supported by the Irish Department of Arts and Heritage. He is also incredibly grateful to be tailored by ‘A hand tailored suit’, visit


Lance Coburn – Piano

…one sat awe-inspired in amazement, wondering how it could possibly be played any better…” is how the Kölnische Rundschau described Lance Coburn’s performance of Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto. Since winning first prize at the Tomassoni International Piano Competition, Cologne in 2001, Lance has performed in Austria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Israel, Russia, United States, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and Korea as both concerto soloist and recitalist.

He has performed with the Central Florida , the Israel and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, the RTE National Symphony and Hibernian Orchestras in Dublin, and most other Australian Orchestras. With the WDR – Cologne Orchestra, one critic described his performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto thus: “Coburn approached the grandiose work….with the vigour of a classically-inspired artist”.

In the Bonn International Beethoven Festival, critics described his five-sonata recital as –“refreshing….uncompromising….unacademic….” In the Accademia Filharmonica Concert Series– Verona , Italy – the critics said – “Coburn’s piano playing is characterised by an undoubted technical mastery…[which]…allowed us to experience precious moments of tonal exploration”.

Blessed with a dazzling technique and innate musicianship, and a charismatic performance flair, Lance also broadcasts frequently for radio Deutsche Welle, BBC Radio 3, Lyric fm ( Ireland ) and ABC FM ( Australia ).

He has given master classes for music festivals in Australia, in the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide and in the Tyalgum Festival in Queensland. In 2006 he presented a lecture recital in Dublin ’s Royal Irish Academy of Music on Carl Vine’s solo piano works, a composer whose works he has a close affinity with.

Lance has also been the recipient of many other first prizes, including the Hephizibah Menuhin Scholarship, the inaugural Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, and the Australian Young Performers’ Award (Keyboard Section), culminating in a performance of Liszt’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, in the Sydney Opera House, which was also broadcast live across Australia on ABC Television.

Beginning his studies in his homeland of New Zealand, Lance furthered them in Australia, the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire – Moscow and finally with John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.He enjoys an active freelance career as a solo performer, chamber musician and accompanist. He is also a full-time staff member of the keyboard faculty in the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Lance lives in Dublin with his wife and two children.


Belvedere House, Great Denmark Street, Dublin – 9 February ’17, 8pm

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Prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Piatti Quartet is amongst the UK’s foremost young ensembles with a host of awards and critically-acclaimed recordings to its name. They have performed in all the major venues around the country, including a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast from the Wigmore Hall. The Quartet has also appeared in concerts throughout the world, with national broadcasts on ABC (Australia), RTE (Ireland) radio and France Musique (France).
The Piatti are laureates of the St Martin in the Fields Competition, a Martin Musical Fund/Philharmonia Scholarship, multiple Hattori Foundation awards, and the St.Peter’s Prize. At the 2015 Wigmore Hall International (formerly the London International) String Quartet Competition, the Piatti Quartet won joint 2nd Prize as well as the Sidney Griller Award for the best performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Contusion and the St Lawrence String Quartet Prize. The Quartet spent two years as Leverhulme Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music and have received both Tunnel Trust and Countess of Munster awards. Park Lane Group have also supported the group extensively with a UK-wide concert tour and a recording on their Classical Label. Other recordings have been released on the Linn Records and Champs Hill labels, including the Piatti’s lauded contribution to the complete string quartet works of Felix Mendelssohn (Champs Hill), which was BBC Music Magazine’s Critic’s Choice (September 2014).
The Piatti Quartet are delighted to have been reappointed as the 2015-2016 Richard Carne Junior Fellows in String Quartet at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The group continues to actively expand the quartet repertoire with premieres of commissions from several acclaimed British composers. A major new work, Joseph Phibbs’ String Quartet No.1, was commissioned through the generous support of the Britten Pears Foundation and Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust which the quartet have plans to record and release in 2016. Other recently commissioned compositions include pieces from Richard Birchall (performed live on BBC Radio 3), and Fintan O’Hare. The Quartet also works regularly with the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, enjoying the opportunity to help secure the future of chamber music by bringing the wonders of the String Quartet to young children and their families in schools and halls around the country.
The quartets most recent season has included a summer residency at the Academie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, a debut in Istanbul, tours of Scotland and Ireland, a new CD recorded at the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, Oxford ( generously supported by Tony Stuart), and Resident Quartet at the 2014 Rye Arts Festival. Recent collaborations include concerts with Michael Collins, Moray Welsh, and Rebecca Gilliver. Upcoming highlights include a performance of Mendelssohns Octet with the Belcea Quartet, a tour to the Netherlands, and our debut concert in Barcelona.
The Quartet is currently mentored by the Belcea Quartet through the Belcea Quartet Trust, as well as receiving regular coaching from Simon Tandree (ex-Doric Quartet). The group has also worked with members of the Chilingirian, Doric and Hagen Quartets and studied at the Reina Sofia Institute in Madrid with Günter Pichler.
The group takes its name from the great 19th-century cellist Alfredo Piatti, who was a leading professor and exponent of quartet playing at the Royal Academy of Music.