String Quartet Festival | Concert

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Broadcast date: 10 February 2019 at 8.03 pm on Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

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Dudok Quartet

Judith van Driel, violin
Marleen Wester, violin
Marie-Louise de Jong, viola
David Faber, violoncello

The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam is one of the most versatile and appealing string quartets of this time. The quartet’s aim is to share the heart of music through captivating performances and an open approach of the audience.

The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam was the first Dutch group to be rewarded the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2018.

The quartet studied with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne and subsequently, for two years, at the Dutch String Quartet Academy with Marc Danel of Quatuor Danel, graduating with highest distinction in 2013. Between 2011 and 2013, the quartet was awarded top prizes in international string quartet competitions such as Quatuors à Bordeaux and Joseph Joachim Weimar. In 2014, the quartet received the Kersjes Prize, an award of €50.000 offered to a chamber music group of exceptional talent. Since 2017, the group has been performing on instruments on generous loan by the Dutch Musical Instrument Foundation (NMF): violins by Francesco Goffriller and Vicenzo Panormo, a viola by Max Möller and a cello by Sébastien Philippe Bernardel.

Its first album, Metamorphoses, was named Editor’s Choice in The Gramophone, and the second, Labyrinth, met with similar acclaim, including a five-star review in BBC Music Magazine.

Recent highlights include the ensemble’s USA debut, the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s opera Only the Sound Remains with Philippe Jaroussky and the Dutch National Opera and the quartet’s debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Beethoven Haus Bonn. In October 2017, the quartet premiered an adaptation of Beethoven’s Op 132 String Quartet, re-imagined specifically for children over six in cooperation with director Rosabel Huguet and Oorkaan production company.

The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam is a regular guest in both the Concertgebouw and the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam and has performed in venues all over Europe.

Dalia Quartet

Elena Rey, violin
Oleguer Beltran, Violin
Wenting Kang, viola
Erica Wise, violincello

The Dalia Quartet brings together four established musicians, each with diverse backgrounds as soloists, orchestral and chamber musicians. The Dalia Quartet was born out of their desire to explore the string quartet repertoire in depth, and to share its extraordinary complexity and intimacy with audiences.

Its members have thriving careers in the orchestral world as members of Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Camerata Bern, Orquestra da Camera and the Dortmunder Philarmoniker.

The enthusiastic reception of their initial concerts in 2014 soon led to concerts at L’Auditori de Barcelona, el Petit Palau, the Schubertíada de Vilabertran, Enclave de Cámera de Ourense, Auditori de Girona, and the Bulgaria Hall in Sofia among others. During the 2017-18 season they held artistic residencies in Cervera and the Teatre de Sarrià. Upcoming concerts include their debuts in London, Offenburg and Heidelberg (Germany), Fundación Juan March in Madrid and Sociedad Filarmónica de Bilbao.

Cosmos Quartet

Helena Satué, violin
Bernat Prat, violin
Lara Fernandez, viola
Oriol Prat, violincello

The Cosmos Quartet was established in 2014 from the friendship and mutual interests of four young Spanish musicians. Each of them has had an international trajectory as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician.

They have received coaching from professors such as Alfred Brendel, Rainer Schmidt, Johannes Meissl, Hatto Beyerle, Miguel da Silva, Jonathan Brown, Anita Mitterer, Krzysztof Chorzelski, Patrick Jüdt and Quartetto di Cremona among others.

Despite the fact that it is a recently formed ensemble, the Cosmos Quartet has already gained an international career winning recently the First Prize at the 2018 Competition Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation in Heidelberg. In 2016 the quartet has been semifinalist in the string quartet speciality of the prestigious “Concurs de Genève” celebrated in the city of Geneva. They also achieve the Third Prize at the “Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition”, First Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition “Mirabent i Magrans” in Sitges and the “Kammermusik Preis” and “Artis Quartet Preis” both at the International Summer Academy ISA in August 2014.

Since the beginning, they have played at venues such as the “MUHBA” in Barcelona, “Fundación Juan March” in Madrid, “Auditorio Miguel Delibes” in Valladolid, Santa Cristina d’Aro Summer Music Festival as well as concerts in Austria during the “ISA 2014” and a Live broadcasted concert at the “ORF Kulturhaus” of Vienna.

They have been invited to participate at the “East Neuk Festival” in Edinburgh, at the “Festival de Monteleón” in León, and the “Académie Musicale de Villecroze” in France, held by Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartett) in 2015.

During the 2016-2017 season, Cosmos Quartet has been one of the selected groups to form part of “Joventuts Musicals de Catalunya”, having the opportunity to play in many places around Catalonia.

Currently they are former members at European Chamber Music Academy “ECMA” held by Hatto Beyerle and Johannes Meissl.

Among the upcoming projects, we stand out the concert in the festival “Emergents” during the 2017-2018 season in “l’ Auditori” of  Barcelona and a concert in Heidelberg Strichquartettfest 2019.

The quartet is based in Barcelona with the support of “Residència d’Investigadors de Catalunya” and Dr. Francesc Farré i Rius.

Esmé Quartet

Wonhee Bae, violin
Yuna Ha, violin
Jiwon Kim, viola
Ye-Eun Heo, violoncello

The Esmé Quartet, a string quartet formed of four young Korean women, made a sensational announcement of their presence on the international concert stage in April of 2018 by winning the first prize and four special prizes (best Beethoven and Mozart quartets, the Proquartet, and the Esterhazy Foundation), at the prestigious London Wigmore Hall String Quartet International Competition. Although it has been only two years since their formation, they have also won prizes in competitions such as the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2017 and the Audience prize at the Irene-Steels Wilsing String Quartet Competition in January 2018.

Praised for their warm sound, hyper-sensitive ensemble, and powerful stage presence, the Esmé Quartet was formed in 2016 at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, Germany by four musicians that were long ago acquainted with each other as friends. They shared common interests and passions in music, the arts, and life. After working together for a trial period where they ‘tested the waters’ of playing together as a quartet, they were quickly awarded the first prize in the annual internal Hochschule Köln’s Chamber Music Competition. Since then, the members decided to work together on a permanent basis, and devoted their energy and passion into transforming their musical and interpretive goals into a working reality.

Past highlights include a residency in the Classic Esterhazy Eisenstadt, Austria in September of 2018, a concert at the Wigmore Hall in 2019, a debut concert at the Lucerne Festival 2019, as well as tours of the UK, Italy, and performances in the Lübeck Brahms festival. Their recent performances have included appearances at St. Martin in the Fields, London, at the Flagey Musiq3 Festival, Brussels, the Arpmuseum in Remagen, the Kunstmuseum Villa Zanders, and a broadcast recording hosted by NDR Radio Germany. Esmé has participated in the Proquartet Academy and Jeunesses Musicales International Chamber Music Campus Weikersheim 2017, where they were awarded a special prize for a concert in Heidelberger Streichquartettfest 2019. They were also selected to be a quartet in residency at the Festival d’Aix en Provence 2018, and at the Montreal International String Quartet Academy 2018.

They have been inspired and guided in masterclasses with artists such as Günter Pichler, Eberhard Feltz, Andraś Keller, and Jonathan Brown (Cuarteto Casals). Esmé is currently studying for a Master of Chamber Music at the Musikhochschule Lübeck under the tutelage of Heime Müller.

Valentin Erben

Valentin Erben was born in 1945 in Pernitz, lower Austria. Since 1947 his family lived in Augsburg, Germany. His mother, a pianist, and his father, an amateur violinist and cellist, often invitides friends and musicians to make housemusic together.

This way Valentin Erben got in contact with music very early. He received his first „cello“ – it was a converted viola – at the age of four years. After his first steps with the cello, shown by his father, he started taking lessons in the age of eight years with Paul Freidel, who was the principal cellist ot the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and a student of Julius Klengel.

Influenced by many beautiful musical experiences and meetings – for example numerous concerts at the Hercules Hall in Munich, including unforgetable impressions like listening to Rudolf Serkin, the Veghquartett as well as the representatives of the great french cello tradition like Pierre Fournier, Maurice Gendron and Paul Tortelier. He also made a trip to Pablo Casals in the french Pyrenees. Because of all these impressions, Valentin knew that he want to become a cellist.

1960 Valentin Erben began his cello studies with Walter Reichardt at the Munich Academy of Music. In July 1963 he attended a masterclass at Siena. This experience was very important for his future: he met the famous cellist and pedagogue André Navarra.

1964 he finished his degree at the Academy in Munich and then contiued his studies in Vienna with Tobias Kühne, a former student of Navarra. In February 1965 he performed Schumann cello concerto in the Great Hall of the Wiener Konzerthaus.

From 1965 to 1968 Valentin Erben studied with André Navarra at the Conservatoire in Paris, which was a very important time for him. He also studied chamber music with Jean Hubeau and Joseph Calvet. He received the „Premier Prix“ for cello and chamber music.

In September 1968 he won the international cello competition ARD in Munich.

Back to Vienna, in spring of 1969 he was co-founder of the Alban Berg Quartet. A union of four musicians that should mark the international string quartet scene for almost 40 years.

From 2004 to 2007 Valentin Erben was a also a member of the Lucern Festival Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado.

In June 2013 Valentin Erben retired from the University of Music in Vienna., where he has tought for over 40 years.

Valentin Erben plays the famous cello by Matteo Goffriller 1722 – “Ex – Pierre Fournier” and “Ex – Yoyo Ma” – kindly on loan from Merito String Instruments Trust GmbH.

To a busy schedule of concerts as a soloist and chamber musician, additionally he gives musica lectures, masterclasses in chamber music, collaboration with composers, singers and dancers.

String Quartet Festival | Final concert

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After the concert: Get together with the artists in the festival cafeteria

String Quartet Festival | Long night of the string quartet