Founded at London’s Royal College of Music in 1994, the Belcea Quartet blends its diverse cultural influences into a common musical language with a dynamic and free interpretative style. Its repertoire ranges from the great works of the classical and romantic periods to world premieres, including Mark-Anthony Turnage’s string quartets Twisted Blues with Twisted Ballad (2010) and Contusion (2014), Thomas Larcher’s lucid dreams (2015), and Krzysztof Penderecki’s 4th String Quartet (2016).
Since 2010, Belcea Quartet has shared a residence at the Wiener Konzerthaus with Artemis Quartet, and will be Artist-in-Residence at the new Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin from the 2017/2018 season onwards. The quartet’s regular partners include Piotr Anderszewski, Till Fellner, Valentin Erben and Ian Bostridge.
The quartet has an impressive, critically acclaimed, discography. Its recordings include the complete Britten, Bartók, Brahms and Beethoven quartets as well as works by Schubert, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel, Webern, Berg and Schoenberg.
The quartet recently created the Belcea Quartet Trust, both to support and inspire young string quartets through series of intensive coaching sessions organised according to the needs of each selected ensemble, and to support the commissioning of new works from leading composers to be premiered by the quartet.
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SCHUBERT Songs from ‘golden years’ 1815/16 | SCHUBERT Der Tod und das Mädchen, D531 | SCHUBERT Quartet in Dm, D810 ‘Death and the Maiden’
Sat 1 July, 11.30am, Crail Church | approx. 1 hr 20 mins | £20 / £15 / £5
HAYDN Quartet in D, Op 20 No 4 | SCHUBERT Quartet in G, D887
Sat 1 July, 8pm, Crail Church, approx. 1 hr 45 mins with interval | £25 / £18 / £5
Elisabeth Leonskaja piano | Belcea Quartet & Alois Posch bass
SCHUBERT Quartettsatz, D703 | SCHUBERT Sonata in Am, D784 | SCHUBERT Quintet in A, D667 ‘Trout Quintet’
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The Schubertiad is supported by Dunard Fund
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Corina Belcea violin
Axel Schacher violin
Krzysztof Chorzelski viola
Antoine Lederlin cello
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“What seems to be the predominant impulse driving this music is man’s yearning for freedom, the unquenchable desire to expand his limits and to learn the truth about himself in this process.”
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