Happy New YearDate of Story 2 January, Tuesday, 2018
Happy New Year to all!
We will soon be rehearsing and preparing for our first concert of the year – “Melodists” at the Wigmore Hall, London on the 12th January. It is the second in our “After Beethoven” series and combines Schubert’s “Quartetsatz”, “Death and the Maiden” and Dvorak’s Opus 51.
The latest double disc in our “Wigmore Live” Beethoven Cycle has been released. This is Volume 4 and contains Op.18,2, Opus 127 and Opus 59,1. Delighted that it has so far been chosen as Disc of the Week on Radio 3’s “Record Review” and received 5 stars in The Guardian.
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The upcoming months see us playing here in the UK aswell as Portugal, the USA, Canada, Sweden,France and Austria. We will very soon be releasing a new record that is not Beethoven! Will keep you posted…
Thank you all for your support in 2017 and we look forward to seeing you somewhere along the road in 2018! Do come and say hello.
All best wishes,
The Elias Quartet
Wigmore “After Beethoven” series begins soonDate of Story 23 October, Monday, 2017
On the 31st October we will begin our 4 concert series “After Beethoven” at the Wigmore Hall in London.
The idea came to us as we were coming to the end of our Beethoven project. It had been an extraordinary and profoundly changing experience. We were wondering what it must have been like, back then, for audiences to discover Beethoven’s quartets, and in what ways the music world was changed by them. Composers writing string quartets now had Beethoven’s monumental legacy to live up to, not only in terms of the quality of the music but also of the unbelievable development which it encompassed. This would remain intimidating for many of them, and all would be influenced by it in one way or another.
The question of how to follow on from Beethoven was addressed in radically different ways by composers, each coming up with their own solutions by turning to sometimes opposite means of expression. So we’ve arranged each of our programmes around a group of composers (not necessarily all from the same era or part of the world) that seem to us to embrace similar ways of dealing with this challenge Beethoven’s footsteps by developing and expanding his musical language, pushing its boundaries further and in different directions.
Our first concert “In Beethoven’s Footsteps” includes Webern “Langsamer Satz”, Bartok 4 and Brahms Op51,2.
Hope to see you there!
New SeasonDate of Story 17 September, Sunday, 2017
We had a fantastic Summer Season and particularly enjoyed trips to the Penarth Festival, Paxton House and Ryedale Festival here in the UK, alongside trips to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and The Larzac Festival in the South of France.
Our New Season kicked off with a BBC Prom, playing Schubert’s Quintet with our old friend and colleague Alice Neary. Click here to listen back http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b093p39t.
Last night we performed a concert with the Navarra Quartet and we look forward to many more collaborations with them over the coming year.
We will soon be releasing the next discs from our live recordings of our Beethoven cycle… will get back to you on that soon.
Here is an audience view picture from The Concertgebouw.
Our third Beethoven CD is releasedDate of Story 4 March, Saturday, 2017
The third CD of our complete Beethoven quartet cycle is out. This installment includes Op. 18:3, Op. 95 ‘Serioso’ and Op. 130, this time with the new finale. You can read a review from the Gramophone Magazine here, and in a recent article the first CD of the set was included as one of the top ten recent Beethoven recordings. Read more here.
New Beethoven CD availableDate of Story 16 November, Wednesday, 2016
The second CD in our complete Beethoven series is out. Included are Op. 18:1, Op. 132 and the string quintet Op. 29 with Malin Broman on viola. You won’t have to wait long for the third installment: it will be out in December.
Summer holidaysDate of Story 19 August, Friday, 2016
We are off for Summer holidays! Next season tours to Italy, USA and Australia awaits.
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New managementDate of Story 28 October, Wednesday, 2015
We are happy to announce that we from now on will be represented in France by Sartory Artists, and in Italy by Leonardo Finotti. We are very excited to add these new friends of ours to team Elias! Do visit their websites at:
Autumn newsDate of Story 6 October, Tuesday, 2015
We have just come back from Paris were we played in a celebratory concert (at 1am in the middle of the night) for the extraordinary organisation ProQuartet, that supports young quartets all around the world. We have benefited hugely from this wonderful group of people, and throughout the years received lessons from teachers like György Kurtág and Rainer Schmidt.
Next on our schedule is another tour of the US, with concerts in Houston, Philadelphia and Indianapolis among other places, and concerts in Edinburgh and Sweden. We will finish before Christmas with recording Schumann’s quartets!
Below is a video from the last concert of our Beethoven cycle at the Wigmore Hall.
Spring newsDate of Story 24 April, Friday, 2015
We have just come back from the USA and a month-long tour. We played fifteen concerts in that time and we saw the Niagara falls (left), the CN Tower in Toronto, the Golden Gate, an aircraft carrier in Corpus Christi and vineyards in California. Now we are preparing for the premiere of Emily Howard’s string quartet in the Wigmore Hall on the 4th of May. At the same concert we will be playing Schumann’s piano quintet with Simon Crawford-Phillips. Look out for our Beethoven CD! It has received good reviews!
Beethoven project comes to an end and upcoming US tourDate of Story 13 February, Friday, 2015
On March the 7th our Beethoven Project is coming to an end and we will perform the last concert of our cycle in the Wigmore Hall. Op. 18:6, Op. 59:9 and Beethoven’s last quartet Op. 135 will be on the programme.
We are also preparing for a four week long tour of the US which will take us all over the country, from California in the South West to New York in the North East. We are looking forward to a return visit to the Carnegie Hall where we will be perform Beethoven on the 16th of March.
On the 4th of May we will premiere a completely fresh quartet by immensely talented composer Emily Howard in the Wigmore Hall. Not to be missed!
We have an updated Elias website on the way so watch out for that!