Petit Four String Quartet
Petit Four String Quartet is an extremely talented ensemble of lovely ladies who are classically trained with a modern edge that have been playing together for more than five years. Their String Quartet sound is lush and exciting creating a touch of class and fun at the same time.
The quartet plays in prestigious venues such as the Royal residence, Lancaster House, the Israeli Embassy, the Tate Gallery, the Royal Society of Medicine, the Dover Street Arts Club, the Polish Embassy, the Silverstone Race Track and the Royal Opera House, and in some of the finest hotels in the UK and abroad such as the Savoy, Claridges, the Landmark, the Langham Hilton, the Dorchester, the Berkley, and the Park Lane.
They have also played for major international charities such as Amnesty International, Hospice UK, CRISIS, MIND, B’Nai Brith, JAMI, JNF and Hadassah, and for countless corporate events running the gamut from Lexus Sports Car Launch to the memorial service for Estee Lauder.
Petit Four has played in the presence of such celebrities as Lord and Lady Winston, the Earl and Countess of Wesses, King Constantine of Greece, the British Ambassadors to Luxembourg and Australia, the Ambassador from Israel, the Polish Ambassador, STING, Salman Rushdie and his Royal Highness, Prince Charles.
Miriam (lead violinist) won the United Kingdom’s Jewish Performer of the Year 1995. She gave her debut recital at the Alice Tully Hall in New York’s Lincoln Center with a rapturous review from THE NEW YORK TIMES, who said that Miriam was, “a gifted young violinist who proved a soulful performer showing flair and temperament, fine sensitivity and warmth.” She has performed in the Theatre Champs Elysees with Phillipe Herreweghe, Barbican Hall with Adrian Leaper, Queen Elizabeth Hall with David Josefowitz and Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center with Alexander Schneider. Her many recitals have taken her to Cardiff’s St David’s Hall, the London Palladium, the Purcell Room, the Swaledale and Ryedale Festivals, and the Dartington Festival where, in addition to master classes and solo recitals, she performed as soloist with the Dartington Festival Orchestra under the baton of Diego Masson. Miriam’s debut recital at London’s prestigious Wigmore Hall drew further praise from the critics. STRAD magazine stated, “the intensity and rich allure of Kramer’s performance was nothing short of spellbinding.” A re-engagement with great success followed. Miriam has broadcasted with the BBC Concert Orchestra as soloist in the Beethoven Triple Concerto, on Classic FM, Radio 3, Radio Prague, Paris Radio Classique, and on BBC-TV to name a few…
Katie (violinist) studied the violin at the Royal College of Music in London. Since graduating in 2002, she has enjoyed a varied career, performing with some of the UK’s leading orchestras and travelling worldwide as a chamber artist. Katie has toured the UK with West End shows including Chicago and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She has toured the UK arenas with Jeff Wayne and his musical production of The War of the Worlds, and as a commercial musician, Katie has performed with Teatro, Hayley Westenra, All Angels and has toured the UK with Britain’s Got Talent winner, Paul Potts and Natasha Marsh.
Susan (cellist) is an honours music graduate of York University, and her post graduate studies were at the National Centre of Orchestral Studies. Susan played with a number of orchestras including the New Mozart Orchestra, BBC Radio Orchestra, English Philharmonic Orchestra, Aurelian Chamber and Symphony Orchestras and the Orchestra Kameralna of London. She worked as both principal and rank and file cellist under Clive Fairbairn, Adrian Leaper, George Hurst, Sir Simon Rattle, and Kurt Mazur. Susan was a member of the virtuoso Brittania Orchestra in its definitive and highly acclaimed EMI recording of English string music.
Helen (violist) began learning the violin at the age of 9. She took up the viola aged 14. She was awarded the Fishmongers Beckwith Scholarship and a John Lewis Award to study at the Royal College of Music, where she studied with Roger Best, Ivo-Jan Van der Werff and Andriy Viytoviych. Whilst a student she won the coveted Kathleen Long Chamber Music Prize. Since graduating, Helen has worked with some of the country’s leading orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She is also constantly in demand as a soloist and chamber musician.
Thank you to you and the rest of the ensemble for entertaining everyone with your beautiful music, you gave the finishing touch to a wonderful evening. The only constructive feedback we could possibly give is that your performance ended before our evening did, therefore next time we book you, we will have to ensure we book you for the entire evening.
We look forward to hearing you again!
– Spiral Software
“Your playing is so powerful that on occasion, it sent shivers up my spine, surely the test of any performer!”
– Polish Embassy, Mr. P.F.
“We are still floating. Thank you all so much for making the chupah so special. Everybody said that it was the most beautiful chupah that they had been to and nearly everyone was in tears at the end.”
– New West End Synagogue St. Petesburg Place, Mr. M.T.
“The superb contribution you and the other members of your quartet made to enhance our daughter’s wedding yesterday was very greatly appreciated. We are indebted to you. We know how much our guests enjoyed the musicand we have received so many favorable commentsfrom family and friends. I feel sure you will be hearing again soon from some of them seeking your services for their weddings etc. My wife and I therefore wish to thank you all very much for your expert performances.”
– Inner Temple, Mr. S.D.
“I have to tell you again that your playing was beautiful.”
– Royal Majestic Room, Mr. D.B.
“Thank you for making their wedding so fantastic. They have asked me to tell you how thrilled they were on the day and still are. All the guests talked about the beautiful music and said it was just wonderful – magical!”
– J.van S.
You personally and you as an ensemble were really terrific on Sunday. You created a fabulous atmosphere and people really enjoyed your music.”
– Mrs. C.W.
“Your music was beautiful – just perfect. I know we will see each other again in the future, so, until then, thank you again for making our day so very special.”
– Stockbrook Manor Mrs. G.B.
Thank you so much for your brilliant contribution – the music for the chupah was lovely and the music for the Israeli dancing was great. We will recommend you to all of our friends.”
– Barcelona, Mrs. E.L.
Pop & Rock
Guns N Roses
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Andrew Lloyd Webber
My Fair Lady
Sound Of Music
Cant Help Lovin’ That Man
Fly Me to the Moon
How Deep Is Your Love
It Had to be You
Lullabye of Birdland
Smoke Gets In You Eyes
Someone to Watch Over Me
Stars Fell on Alabama
When I Fall in Love
Come Back to Sorrento
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Irish and Celtic
Klezmer Spanish and Italian
Purcell Trumpet Voluntary
Russian & Gypsy Folk Songs
Vivaldi Four Seasons
Popular operatic arias
O Mio Babbino Caro
O Sole Mio
… also Special Requests and many others