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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DVOŘÁK String Quintet in E-flat ‘American’, Op 97 | BRAHMS Piano Quintet in Fm, Op 34
Sat 29 June, 11.30am, Kilrenny Church | £17 / £13 / £5 | Approx. 70 mins
HAYDN Quartet in Dm ‘Fifths’, Op 76 No 2 | JANÁČEK Quartet No 1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ | BEETHOVEN Quartet in F, Op 135
Sat 29 June, 8pm, The Bowhouse | £25 / £18 / £5 | Approx. 105 mins with interval
Belcea String Quartet | Pavel Haas Quartet
HAYDN Quartet in G, Op 33 No 5 [BSQ] | SHOSTAKOVICH Quartet No 8 in Cm, Op 110 [PHQ] | MENDELSSOHN Octet in E-flat, Op 20
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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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