Beethoven cycle continuesDate of Story 5 March, Tuesday, 2013
Having almost finished our second Beethoven programme, we are now preparing for a month long tour of the United States.
The second programme consists of the Op. 18:3, the Op. 95 and the Op. 130. We still show no signs of growing tired of Beethoven’s music (how could you?).
The US tour will take us from San Fransisco in the west to New York in the east, and we will be returning to Carnegie Hall for two concerts. In several of the concerts we will be collaborating with pianist Jonathan Biss on his Schumann Project.
Beethoven cycle has started!Date of Story 30 November, Friday, 2012
We are at the moment in the middle of the concerts making up the first programme in our Beethoven cycle, that will stretch over the next years. This programme consists of the Op.18:5, Op.59:3 and Op.131 quartets. When playing these pieces one is certainly happy to be playing in a string quartet.
We have received good reviews for our latest CD:s; both our latest Wigmore Live CD and our piano quintet CD were labelled ‘Critic’s Choice’ in the last issues of Gramophone Magazine.
Listen to ‘In Tune’ on BBC3 on the 5th of December! We will be playing Beethoven and talking about our cycle.
On the 13th of December we will be playing an exciting all Elgar programme at the Jaqueline du Pré music building in Oxford together with pianist Dan Tong.
See you at a concert soon!
New CDDate of Story 24 September, Monday, 2012
We had the great pleasure to record the piano quintets by Schumann and Dvorak a few months ago together with the extraordinary pianist and musician Jonathan Biss, and the result can now be heard on CD!
Elias off on holiday!Date of Story 4 July, Wednesday, 2012
We have just played our last concert for the summer, and we will now take a few months off before coming back with renewed strength this autumn. We are all dispersing to different countries and projects (Africa, India, Sweden…), recharging our musical batteries. In November our Beethoven project starts for real, and we can’t wait. See you soon!
New CD!Date of Story 24 June, Sunday, 2012
On our latest CD, hot off the press, we are performing a new piece, “In My Craft or Sullen Art”, by the exciting young composer Huw Watkins, together with the extraordinary tenor Mark Padmore. Other artists on the CD include Alina Ibragimova, Paul Watkins and the Nash Ensemble.
Video from the recording of the Bach CDDate of Story 14 April, Saturday, 2012
Watch a video from the recording of the Bach CD with Xuefei Yang by clicking here!
New CDDate of Story 11 April, Wednesday, 2012
Our new CD has just been released. On it we play Haydn’s Op. 64:6 quartet together with Schumann’s first quartet. The programme is rounded off with an encore composed by Donald. The concert was recorded live at the Wigmore Hall.
Back from the USADate of Story 10 April, Tuesday, 2012
We have just returned from a wonderfully intense tour of Canada and USA. We played in Vancouver, Middlebury, Philadelphia, San Juan (Puerto Rico) and we made our debuts at the Library of Congress in Washington DC and Carnegie Hall in New York. We were met with fantastic hospitality by organisers and audience.
Haydn, Sibelius and Dvorak in the Wigmore HallDate of Story 24 February, Friday, 2012
Our next Wigmore Hall programme will include Haydn’s famous 54:2 quartet and Sibelius’ “Voces Intimae”. The latter is not very often heard in the UK, although it is one of the most important quartet works of the 20th century. Composed the same year as Bartok’s first quartet, it looks, in certain aspects, forward to a style that would characterise this composer’s later style. We will finish off with Dvorak’s exuberant piano quintet with the extraordinary American pianist Jonathan Biss. Welcome on the 1st of March!
New CDDate of Story 20 February, Monday, 2012