Saturday 20th November 2021
Kenneth Sillito & Friends
(Robert Smissen, viola - Juliet Welchman, 'cello - Nathan Williamson, piano)
In Memory of Nick Ridley
Mozart - Piano Quartet in G minor, K.478
Mahler - Piano Quartet movement in A minor
Schumann - Piano Quartet in E flat, Op. 47
Internationally recognised as one of Britain’s most distinguished musicians, Kenneth Sillito has excelled as chamber musician, orchestral leader, and director. Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he studied with David Martin at the Royal Academy of Music and in Rome with Remy Principe. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy in 1971.
His first appointment was as associate leader of the newly created English Chamber Orchestra. He subsequently took over the leadership and remained until 1973, during which time he toured worldwide as Director and Soloist.
Kenneth Sillito is internationally renowned as a chamber musician. In 1967 he founded the Gabrieli String Quartet and remained its leader for 20 years making numerous recordings and gaining the Quartet a formidable reputation.
The Academy Chamber Ensemble was formed in 1967 and is known for its superlative performances and award-winning recordings for Philips Classics and Chandos Records. The Ensemble tours extensively in Europe, the Far East, North America and Australia.
With the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Kenneth Sillito tours throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia and is a regular visitor to concert halls and Festivals throughout the UK.