The Quartet of Peace is the name given to two violins, a viola and a cello made in Cape Town in 2010 by master craftsman Brian Lisus. He dedicated each to one of South Africa’s four Nobel Peace Laureates – Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, FW De Klerk and Nelson Mandela – and called them respectively Freedom, Peace, Reconciliation and Hope.
The Quartet of Peace Trust was formed in South Africa in mid-2012 to implement the project’s two core purposes. The first is through music to promote, reconciliation, mutual respect and tolerance among the various peoples of South Africa, in accordance with the ideals symbolised by the lives of the four Laureates. The second is to provide financial assistance to young South Africans who are talented in musical performance or instrument-making/repair and who need financial assistance in order to succeed in these fields.
In April 2013 the Quartet of Peace Trust (UK) was also registered in the UK; it has the same objectives as the South African Trust, and there is one common Trustee.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu signed as a patron of the trust today.