The Rivoli Quartet was formed in 1999 at Manchester University under the guidance of The Lindsays, and takes its name from the music department building, the converted Rivoli cinema. After studying with Dr Christopher Rowland at the Royal Northern College of Music, (where they were awarded prizes in two RNCM chamber music competitions), they completed a Masters degree in String Quartet Performance at the University of Sheffield, coached by Peter Cropper.

The Rivoli Quartet has won the Prix Ravel at the Académie Internationale de Musique Maurice Ravel, and was a finalist in the 2006 Royal Overseas League Competition, as well as attending the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove and the International ‘Masterclasses for String Quartets’ course at the Britten-Pears School.

The Rivolis perform throughout the UK, and are featured artists in the Making Music Concert Promoters Network Brochure 2010-11. Collaborations with other musicians have included the Quatuor Danel, Bernard Gregor-Smith and Predrag katanic. In June 2009, the Rivolis held their own festival, ‘Schulfest’, celebrating the music of the Czech Jewish composer Erwin Schulhoff, whose String Quartet No.1 appears on their debut CD.