Irvine Arditti was born in London in 1953. He 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. He has given world premieres of hundreds of works, including Roger Reynolds’ solo peice Kokoro, which was also written for him, Xenakis’ Dox Orkh and Hosokawa’s Landscape III, both for violin and orchestra, as well as Ferneyhough’s Terrain, Francesconi’s Riti Neurali and Body Electric, Dillon’s Vernal Showers, Harvey’s Scena, Pauset’s Vita Nova, Sciarrino’s Le Stagioni Artificiali, and Roger Reynolds’ Aspiration, all for violin and ensemble.His name is synonymous with the highest level of quality and dedication in the performance of new music. The list of composers with whom he has worked reads like a who’s who of 20th and 21st century music, and also includes hundreds of younger composers whom he has helped. He has released more than 200 CDs both with the quartet and as soloist. In 1999, as leader of the quartet, he accepted the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. This prize for “lifetime achievement” in music began in 1974 and is given only to individuals. The Arditti Quartet remain to this day the only ensemble ever to receive it.