The Frith Piano Quartet was formed in 2000. The group has performed the complete piano quartets of Brahms, Dvořák, Fauré and Mozart but also takes a keen interest in performing gems that are not so often heard in the concert hall by the likes of Frank Bridge, Sir Arthur Bliss and Richard Strauss. Recent concerts have been at both the Buxton and the Paxton Festivals. Future engagements include Kings Place and Wigmore Hall.
Benjamin Frith was born in South Yorkshire in 1957 and from the age of ten studied with Fanny Waterman. His international career expanded after the award of a Gold Medal at the 1989 Arthur Rubinstein piano Masters Competition in Israel. He has previously visited Lake District Summer Music performing chamber music, including as a member of the Gould Piano Trio in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2012.
Robert Heard's first orchestral job was with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1990 he was invited by Sir Simon Rattle to join the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as Associate Leader. Since then he has become a freelance musician.
Louise Williams began her career as a violinist and a founder member of the Endellion Quartet but was diverted to the viola in order to join the Chilingirian Quartet. She plays on a fine viola made by the brothers Amati in 1616.
Richard Jenkinson started to play the cello at the age of five and after winning a scholarship studied with Florence Hooton until her death in 1988. Whilst at the Guildhall he won all the cello and chamber music prizes. In 1998, he was appointed principal cello with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He plays a cello by GB Grancino of Milan c1662.
*See the panel on the right for details of the Quartet's two concerts and masterclass in the 2015 LDSM festival.