Violinist, member of the Arditti Quartet

 Irvine Arditti studied at the Royal Academy of Music where the Arditti Quartet was formed in 1974.

Both in the quartet and as soloist, he has performed throughout the world in most leading concert halls and festivals promoting the most challenging new music and has given world premieres of  hundred’s of works.
His name is synonymous with the highest level of quality and dedication in the performance of new music.

The composers he has worked with reads like a who’s who of 20thand 21stCentury music, as well as hundreds of lesser names of younger composers whom he has performed.
Many composers have written him solo works or concertos and these include Cage, Dillon, Ferneyhough, Francesconi, Harvey, Hosokawa, Kurtag, Paredes, Pauset, Reynolds, Sciarrino and Xenakis,
He has appeared with many distinguished orchestras and ensembles including the Asko Ensemble, Avanti, Bayerische Rundfunk, BBC Symphony, Berlin Radio Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica de Casa da Musica, Royal Concertgebouw, Ensemble Contrechamps, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Orchestre National de Paris, Het Residentie den Hague, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Nieuw Ensemble, Nouvel Ensemble Modern, Oslo Sinfonietta, Philharmonia orchestra, Schoenberg Ensemble and Ensemble Signal.
His performances of many concertos have won acclaim by their composers, in particular Dutilleux, Ligeti and Xenakis.
He has recorded more than 230 CD releases both with the quartet and as soloist.
The complete Mode recordings of Berio's Sequenza's, on which Irvine has recorded the violin Sequenza has won the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis for 2007, and was awarded best contemporary music release by the Italian music magazine Amadeus in 2008.
As leader of the quartet, in 1999 he accepted the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. This prize for ‘lifetime achievement’ in music begun in 1974 and is given only to individuals.

The Arditti quartet, remain to this day, the only ensemble ever to receive it.
In 2018 he personally received the Academy Charles Cros for lifetime achievement.
The complete archive of both the Arditti quartet and Irvine Arditti are housed in the Sacher Foundation in Basel, Switzerland.