The Frith Piano Quartet was formed in 2000 by the pianist Benjamin Frith, violinist Robert Heard, violist Louise Williams and ‘cellist Richard Jenkinson. Since its formation the group have performed the complete piano quartets of Brahms, Dvořák, Fauré and Mozart but also take a keen interest in performing gems that are not so often heard in the concert hall by the likes of Frank Bridge, Arthur Bliss and Richard Strauss.
In 2018 Robert heard and Louise Williams retired and the Quartet was reformed adding violinist David Le Page and violist Robin Ireland.
Benjamin Frith- Piano
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 is a founder member of the Frith Piano Quartet
David LePage - violin
Born on the channel island of Guernsey, David Le Page began playing the violin at the age of seven. He was offered a place at the Yehudi Menuhin school aged twelve and has since forged a diverse career as a performer, composer, producer and arranger. He is leader of the Stratford-upon-Avon based Orchestra of the Swan and is currently president of the European String Teachers Association (UK).
He plays on a violin made in 1874 by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.31
Robin Ireland - viola
Robin Ireland is Head of Chamber Music and Senior Viola Tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire and also teaches on the Cadenza International Summer School and on courses at Pro Corda and La Mariette in the Loire Valley. During 2011 he was chamber music coach at the Yehudi Menuhin School. In 2017 he has worked with Ensemble 360, the Elias Quartet and the Danel Quartet, and given several performances of Bach’s C major Sonata for unaccompanied violin transcribed for viola. In 2018 he gave three performances of the Walton Viola Concerto with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra.
Richard Jenkinson –‘cello
Richard Jenkinson started to play the ‘cello at the age of five and after winning a Scholarship studied with Florence Hooton until her sudden 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, since when he has been playing with this Quartet and in the Dante String Quartet. He is a founder member of the Frith Piano Quartet. He plays a ‘cello by G.B.Grancino of Milan of circa 1662.