Royal Northern College of Music

Benjamin Pinto & Treske String Quartet

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Friday lunchtime recitals by students from Manchester's internationally renowned Royal Northern College of Music.

Benjamin Pinto  clarinet

Benjamin Pinto is a recent graduate from the Royal Northern College of Music, where he was awarded both the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic Professional Experience Schemes. This led to an invitation back to perform with the Hallé Orchestra, both as a member of the orchestra and as a soloist, performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto as part of their ‘set works’ concert. 

Benjamin has also taken part in multiple UK tours for organisations such as Disney and DC, performing alongside movies such as Toy Story, Joker and Hocus Pocus. In 2021 Benjamin began playing with Chineke!, often as principal clarinet, and has gone on to play at festivals such as BBC Proms, Lucerne Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and taken part in concerts around the world including at the Lincoln Centre, Concertgebouw, and De Doelen, amongst others.


Treske String Quartet

Oliver Baily   violin
Mollie Wrafter   violin
Abi Hammett   viola 
Robert Wheatley  cello

The Treske Quartet is an emerging ensemble based in Manchester, UK. Their identity as a quartet lies in their commitment to championing repertoire by 20th & 21st century composers. Treske loves to work with living composers, acting as a platform for their work to be presented and in doing so, contributing to the growing pool of modern string quartet music. 

The quartet was formed in 2017 for a chamber music course in North Yorkshire, and still plays an active role in delivering high quality chamber music in the area. The quartet has performed in the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada, notably at the Banff Centre, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, South Downs Summer Music, New Music on the Point, Rydale Festival, Llandeilo International Music Festival, and Buxton Recital Series. They were delighted to receive 2nd place at the 2023 Cavatina Competition in Wigmore Hall. 

The quartet have just completed the RNCM String Quartet Studio course and are currently receiving mentorship through ChamberStudio at King’s Place in London. Through the Harrison Frank Family Foundation they are very fortunate to be playing on a set of instruments made from the same tree from the W.E. Hill & Sons workshop.


Benjamin Pinto and the Treske String Quartet appear by kind permission of the RNCM.

This event is kindly supported by the David and Rowena Hammond Legacy.

Dates & Times

  • Duration: 1hr
  • Price: £7 advance, £10 on the door