Parker Quartet © Jamie Jung

String Quartet Festival: Conversational Concert

€ 12 (incl. Lunch Concert 12:00am)

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Parker Quartet © Jamie Jung

String Quartet Festival: Opening Concert

With his over 80 quartets, Joseph Haydn is generally accepted to be the “father” of this genre. His late D major quartet displays all the qualities of his much-admired and very personal style, notably in the inventive and surprising way in which he develops the relatively sparing thematic material. In his Razumovsky Quartets, Beethoven took all this a (mighty) stage further, so much so that his audiences were left perplexed. Some of his contemporaries used phrases such as “the ragbag of a lunatic” to give drastic expression to their inability to follow the argument of these works. Even more well-disposed listeners admitted that they found them “very long and difficult”. If Haydn surprises us by not delivering what we expect, Lutoslawski in his one and only quartet doesn’t even permit us any expectations, using a style of composition inspired by John Cage that mixes through-composed passages with aleatory sections.

Tip: 6:00pm Round of Talks “Three generations Quartet in dialog” (in German) 
Quatuor Van Kuijk, Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartett), Peter Buck (Melos Quartett), Daniel Finkernagel moderation (free admission)

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Quatuor Van Kuijk @ Adrien Vecchioni

String Quartet Festival: Evening Concert

When still hardly more than a boy, Franz Schubert composed a number of string quartets designed for private performance with his father and brothers. These works are very much more than five-finger (or rather four-string) exercises, in fact the wealth of invention and the sheer “joie de vivre” are truly amazing in one so young. By calling his miniatures for string quartet Moments musicaux, György Kurtág was of course doffing his cap to the mature Schubert. But in terms of style they contain other homages as well, to J.S. Bach, Janáček and Messiaen. The concert also features the first performance of Simon Holt’s 3rd string quartet, a work commissioned by Heidelberger Frühling. With this work, the British composer, whose new flute concerto caused quite a stir at the 2014 London Proms, completes his six-part cycle “Terrain”.

Following: Joint conclusion with our artists at the festival cafeteria

Tip: 6:00pm Talk
Jörg Tröger in a conversation with luthiers Tobias and Elisabeth Gräter (free admission)

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Oliver Wille © privat

String Quartet Festival: Workshop

€ 12 (incl. Afternoon Concert at 4:30pm)

Tip: 6:00pm Talk
Jörg Tröger in a conversation with luthiers Tobias and Elisabeth Gräter (free admission)

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Daniel Finkernagel © Needa Navaee

String Quartet Festival: Conversational Concert

€ 12 (incl. Lunch Concert 12:00am)

Tip: 6:00pm Talk
Jörg Tröger in a conversation with luthiers Tobias and Elisabeth Gräter (free admission)

€ 115 I € 90 String Quartet Pass (order by telephone: +49 (0)6221 – 584 00 44 or by order form)

 

Schumann Quartett © Kaupo Kikkas

Schumann Quartett

“The Schumann Quartet impresses with almost effortless, world-class virtuosity. Together, they create a very special force, and they inspire each other as well as the audience. I am convinced that this ensemble’s future is bright, and that they will continue to delight their audiences,” writes Harald Eggebrecht, the music critic of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, about the Schumann Quartet.
The ensemble, consisting of the brothers Erik, Ken and Mark Schumann along with Estonian violist Liisa Randalu, has impressed audiences worldwide ever since winning the renowned Concours de Bordeaux in May 2003. Critics have praised their “high emotional intelligence” and “supreme technical accomplishment,” declaring: “the future belongs to them.”
Founded 2007 in Cologne and in its current formation since 2012, the Schumann Quartet attracted much attention early on. The ensemble is prize winner of international competitions such as the Premio Paolo Borciani in Italy and the Osaka International Music Competition in Japan, and winner of the Schubert and Modern Music Competition in Graz, Austria in 2012 and of the Premier Prix de Quatuor à Bordeaux in 2013.
Among the ensemble’s formative experiences were their studies with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne and with Günther Pichler at the Escuela Superior de Reina Sofia in Madrid. Chamber music instruction by the Cherubini Quartet’s Harald Schoneweg was an important source of inspiration during the quartet’s early days, as was the artistic collaboration with Eberhard Feltz. Among the ensemble’s chamber music partners are renowned artists such as Menahem Pressler, Henri Sigfridsson, Sabine Meyer, Nils Mönkemeyer, Diemut Poppen, Nicolas Altstaedt and David Orlowsky.
An encounter of a different kind with Hyung-ki Joo of the duo Igudesman & Joo inspired the quartet to take to the stage this season with a humoresque programme. Beginning with the 2009/10 season, the Schumann Quartet has been artist in residence at the “Erstklassik” concert series at the Robert Schumann-Saal in Düsseldorf.
The Schumann Quartet has made numerous live recordings with broadcasters such as WDR, SWR and Radio France; their debut recording with works by Beethoven, Bartók and Brahms was released in April 2013 to great critical acclaim. A second recording is set to appear in November of 2014. The Schumann Quartet is supported by the Villa Musica Rheinland-Palatinate Foundation and by the Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation.
In February 2014, the Jürgen Ponto Foundation awarded its Music Prize for String Quartet, worth € 60,000, to the Schumann Quartet. During the upcoming season, the ensemble will appear at renowned music festivals and give debut performances at London’s Wigmore Hall and at Vienna’s Musikverein.

Quatuor Modigliani

Amaury Coeytaux plays a 1773 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini
Loïc Rio plays a 1780 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini
Laurent Marfaing plays a 1660 viola by Luigi Mariani
François Kieffer plays a 1706 cello by Matteo Goffriller

regular guest of the world’s top venues and finest String Quartet & Chamber Music series. In the current and upcoming seasons, the quartet will be touring in the US, South America, Japan, and extensively throughout most of Europe. Highlights include the Wigmore Hall in London, the Paris Auditorium du Musée du Louvre, The Morgan Library & Museum New York, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Brussel Flagey, Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, the Munich Prinzregententheater, Tokyo’s Oji Hall and festivals such as Salzburg Festspiele, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Menuhin Festival Gstaad and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In 2017 the Quatuor Modigliani was first the String Quartet to perform in the main Hall of the Hamburgs Elbphilharmonie.

In 2014, the Modigliani Quartet became Artistic Directors of the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, a festival created in 1976 by Antoine Riboud and made famous through its former legendary artistic director Mstislav Rostropovich, after a pause of thirteen years. The joint efforts of the Evian Resort and the Modigliani Quartet achieved immediate success and the festival has now become again one of Europe’s major and most publicized Summer musical events.

The quartet has been recording for the Mirare label since 2008 and has released 8 CDs, all awarded prizes and receiving international critical acclaim. The next release will be „Carnet de voyages”. The Modigliani Quartet has built true artistic friendships and are regularly play with other musicians such as Nicholas Angelich, Daniel Müller-Schott, Yefim Bronfman, Sabine Meyer, Beatrice Rana and Renaud Capuçon.

After fifteen years of building up their own sound and profile, the Modigliani Quartet is now happy to pass their experience to the next generation. In 2016 they created the Atelier within the Festival in Evian and will be holding a series of masterclasses at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris beginning in November 2017. Thanks to the generosity and support of private sponsors, the Modigliani quartet plays on four outstanding Italian instruments.

The Modigliani Quartet also thanks the SPEDIDAM for its help.

JACK Quartet

Christopher Otto, violin
Austin Wulliman, violin
John Pickford Richards, viola
Jay Campbell, cello

Hailed by The New York Times as the “nation’s most important quartet”, the JACK Quartet is one of the most acclaimed, renowned, and respected groups performing today. JACK has maintained an unwavering commitment to their mission of performing and commissioning new works, giving voice to underheard composers, and cultivating an ever-greater sense of openness toward contemporary classical music. Over the past season, they have been selected as Musical America’s 2018 “Ensemble of the Year”, named to WQXR’s “19 for 19 Artists to Watch”, and awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Through intimate relationships with today’s most creative voices, JACK embraces close collaboration with the composers they perform, leading to a radical embodiment of the technical, musical, and emotional aspects of their work. The quartet has worked with artists such as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, George Lewis, Chaya Czernowin, and Simon Steen-Andersen, with upcoming and recent premieres including works by Tyshawn Sorey, Georg Friedrich Haas, Clara Iannotta, John Luther Adams, Catherine Lamb, and John Zorn. JACK also recently announced their new Fulcrum Project, an all-access initiative to commission six artists each year, who will receive money, workshop time, mentorship, and resources to develop new work to be performed and recorded by the quartet.

The recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, New Music USA’s Trailblazer Award, and the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, JACK has performed to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall (USA), Lincoln Center (USA), Miller Theatre (USA), Wig-more Hall (United Kingdom), Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (Netherlands), IRCAM (France), Kölner Philharmonie (Germany), the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), Suntory Hall (Japan), Bali Arts Festival (Indonesia), Festival Internacional Cervatino (Mexico), and Teatro Colón (Argentina).

According to Musical America, “many of their recordings are must-haves, for anyone interested in new music.” Among their dozens of releases, the most recent Cold Blue Music album of John Luther Adams’ Everything That Rises was praised as a “a wise and eloquent performance” by the San Francisco Chronicle, their concept album Imaginist with the Le Boeuf Brothers was nominated for a GRAMMY award in 2018, and their complete Xenakis: String Quartets was named one of TimeOut New York’s “Top Recordings of the Year.” Other albums include music by Helmut Lachenmann, Amy Williams, Elliott Sharp, Hannah Lash, Horatiu Radulescu, and more.

Committed to education, JACK is the Quartet in Residence at the Mannes School of Music, who will host JACK’s new Frontiers Festival, a multi-faceted festival of contemporary music for string quartet. They also teach each summer at New Music on the Point, a contemporary chamber music festival in Vermont for young performers and composers, and at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. JACK has long-standing relationships with the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program, where they teach and collaborate with students each fall and spring, as well as with the Lucerne Festival Academy, of which the four members are all alumni. Additionally, the quartet makes regular visits to schools, including Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, and Stanford University.