A guitar quartet for the 21st century.
First converging around Leo Brouwer's Cuban Landscape with Rain for a performance with film at the 2021 UN Climate Conference, Quartet Malamatina is comprised of members Tim Beattie (Canada), Finlay Hay (Scotland), Ross Morris (England), and Lenny Ranallo (United States).
Quartet Malamatina is building upon the culturally diverse and longstanding traditions of music for guitar ensemble through a wide range of commissioning, arranging, multidisciplinary collaboration, education, and community engagement activities.
Equally comfortable on the concert stage as in the local community centre, Quartet Malamatina takes a socially-conscious approach to programming and presentation, sharing the expressive potential of concert music and forging new audiences in the process.
Lauded for their “immensely colourful, lyrical and expressive playing” (Laura Snowden), Quartet Malamatina is an international guitar quartet comprised of Tim Beattie (Canada), Finlay Hay (Scotland), Ross Morris (England), and Lenny Ranallo (USA).
Formed while studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Quartet Malamatina have recently performed at the 2021 UN Climate Conference, St Giles’ Cathedral, Big Guitar Weekend Festival in Glasgow, and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Fridays at One concert series.
These projects have led them to work with some of the most exciting young filmmakers and composers in the UK, developing programmes that challenge conventions of genre classification and presentation.
Members of the quartet have performed at the Queen's Hall, Brussels International Guitar Festival, Scottish National Gallery, Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam), Scotland House, Iglesia de San Martin (Spain), FirstOntario Concert Hall (Canada), Blair Castle, Drumlanrig Castle, Perth Concert Hall, Glyndebourne Opera, Princess Alexandra Hall (ROSL), and Bilkent Konser Salonu (Ankara).
Having been invited for a residency at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in the spring of 2023, Quartet Malamatina looks forward to subsequent concert tours and recording projects in the UK and Canada, which will feature newly-commissioned works by Marco Galvani and Erin Thompson.
Quartet Malamatina is grateful for the support of Creative Scotland and the PRS Foundation.
“These guys really know how to make their guitars sing! With their immensely colourful, lyrical and expressive playing, the Malamatina Quartet create magic.”