Piatti Quartet, the Nicholas Yonge Society, Sussex Downs College, Lewes, Friday January 27, 7.45pm

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“IF YOU wish to hear a brilliant young string quartet with a promising future, do not miss the Piatti Quartet”, says Nicholas Yonge Society spokesman Michael Marwood.

“The programme opens with Haydn String Quartet Opus 76 No 3. This is both the most popular and most notorious of Haydn’s string quartets, with the beautiful hymn in the second movement. This is followed by Debussy String Quartet Opus 10, a composition often regarded (along with the quartets by Ravel) as one of the seminal impressionist works in the string quartet genre.

“The second half starts with, Bartok String Quartet No 3. Bartók’s six String Quartets are a significant and important part of repertoire, extending the musical and technical range of the form. The concert ends with Smetana String Quartet No 1 of which the most important aspect is its autobiographical program, making it, almost certainly, the first chamber music work of its type. Smetana wrote: ‘My intention was to paint a tone picture of my life.’”

The Quartet won the St Martins/Making Music Chamber Music Competition 2010 and were finalists in the 2009 and 2010 Royal Overseas League Competition. They had their Wigmore Hall debut in February 2011 and are looking forward to returning there in April.

Details of the concert at nyslewes.org.uk. Tickets £14 from localboxoffice.com, at the door or in person from Lewes Travel.