TUESDAY 19 DECEMBER 2023
BARBICAN QUARTET (ENGLAND)
||String Quartet opus 50 no. 1
||String Quartet opus 3
||String Quartet no. 15, opus 132
This time up-and-coming talent with the Barbican Quartet. Founded in 2014 as students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, they were already winners of the St. Martin's in the Fields Music Competition in 2018 after their debut in Wigmore Hall and then made an international name in 2019 with the 1st and the audience prize at the international Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition in Weimar. In September 2022, the quartet won 1st prize at the ARD International String Quartet Competition, graced with its own promotional video on YouTube! Their playing is characterized as finely structured and virtuosically balanced where necessary and full of joy, fury and spirit where possible.
The quartet is very active in the Netherlands, including performances at the Amsterdam Grachtenfestval, in the Concertgebouw and in December 2022 also outside the cities of the Randstad. The ensemble has recently become artist in residence at the Dutch String Quartet Academy in Amsterdam. The ensemble is supported (financially) by, among others, the Royal Philharmonic Society (UK) and the National Musical Instruments Fund (Netherlands).
EXPLANATORY NOTES (Dutch only)