Elias String Quartet
Sara Bitlloch, violin
Donald Grant, violin
Simone van der Giessen, viola
Marie Bitlloch, cello
Monday, April 1, 2019 | 7:30pm
Herbst TheatreVenue Information
SALLY BEAMISH: String Quartet No. 4 (“Nine Fragments”)
BRITTEN: String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 36
SCHUMANN: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1
DONALD GRANT: Eilidh’s & Guust’s Waltz
The Shenson Chamber Series
About This Performance
The Elias String Quartet returns with a program representing three centuries of chamber music including works by Sally Beamish, Britten, and Schumann.
The Elias String Quartet take their name from Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Elijah, of which Elias is in its German form. The Quartet was formed in 1998 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where they worked closely with the late Dr. Christopher Rowland. They also spent a year studying at the Hochschule in Cologne with the Alban Berg Quartet. Other mentors in the Quartet’s studies include Hugh Maguire, György Kurtág, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Henri Dutilleux and Rainer Schmidt. The quartet have been chosen to participate in BBC Radio 3’s prestigious New Generation Artists’ scheme and are the recipients of a 2010 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. In April 2010, their disc of Mendelssohn, Mozart and Schubert on the Wigmore Hall Live label was given the BBC Music Magazine Newcomer Award.
They have performed alongside such artists as Leon Fleisher, Michael Collins, Christian Zacharias, Pascal Moragues, Ralph Kirshbaum, Dame Anne Murray, Joan Rogers, Mark Padmore, Michel Dalberto, Peter Cropper, Malin Broman, Simon Crawford-Philips, Piers Lane, Ettore Causa, Anthony Marwood, Huw Watkins, Roderick Williams, Allan Clayton, Melvyn Tan and the Endellion, Vertavo, Navarra, Heath, Belcea and Jerusalem Quartets.
The Elias are passionate about new music and have premiered pieces by Sally Beamish, Colin Matthews, Matthew Hindson and Timo Andres. They worked with Henri Dutilleux on his string quartet Ainsi la Nuit and recently recorded Huw Watkin’s In My Craft or Sullen Art with Mark Padmore for NMC label.
The Quartet is steadily building a recording catalogue that has been met with widespread critical acclaim. Alongside three releases on the Wigmore Live label they have released discs of Mendelssohn and Britten. They have also released a disc of French harp music with harpist Sandrine Chatron for the French label Ambroisie, Goehr’s Piano Quintet with Daniel Becker for Meridian Records and most recently Schumann and Dvorak Piano Quintets with Jonathan Biss.