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Welcoming the Ruisi Quartet

Tuesday 2 September 2014


The Royal College of Music is delighted to announce that this September the Ruisi Quartet, supported by a legacy from the late Albert and Eugenie Frost, will become the first students on the RCM’s brand new Artist Diploma programme for Chamber Music.

The new Artist Diploma offers the opportunity for a pre-formed chamber ensemble to engage in one year of concentrated study. The programme encourages the development of ensemble skills and repertoire knowledge through a variety of different disciplines, and will bring the quartet into contact with some of the world’s leading chamber music teachers.

As students on the programme, the Ruisi Quartet will benefit from:

  • A bespoke teaching programme delivered by RCM chamber music professors and visiting artists
  • Performance opportunities, both at the RCM and externally
  • Use of the RCM’s extensive facilities and resources, including our recording studio, library and performance spaces
  • Professional and career advice and support from specialists at the RCM Creative Careers Centre for the duration of the programme, and for up to five years following completion.
  • Opportunities to integrate into the RCM’s innovative String Quartet Collective residency and to work with the Sacconi Quartet, the RCM’s Quartet in Association

The Ruisi Quartet are being supported by a legacy from the late Albert and Eugenie Frost, and are extremely grateful for this generous support which has made this a possibility. 

Formed in London in 2012, the Ruisi Quartet – comprising violinists Alessandro Ruisi and Guy Button, violist Asher Zaccardelli and cellist Max Ruisi – has quickly established a reputation as an exciting, expressive ensemble, delivering performances that are “strikingly immediate, committed and direct” (Chichester Observer). The group has performed at leading UK venues, including the Wigmore Hall, King’s Place and Brighton Dome, and has worked with the likes of Simon Rowland-Jones and the Maggini Quartet.

Mark Messenger, RCM Head of Strings, says “As soon as I heard the Ruisi Quartet I was struck by the individuality of their sound and the compelling nature of their music-making. The Royal College of Music String Faculty places chamber music at the centre of the development of its artists, and as such is rightly recognised as a world-leader in this respect. It is a wonderful prospect to welcome such a dynamic young ensemble to become part of the inspiring creativity that happens daily at the College.