Wednesday, April 5, 2023 | 7:30pm
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About This Performance
The members of France’s Modigliani Quartet are artistic heirs to legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, having been named co-directors of the Evian Festival he oversaw. Not yet two decades old, the Modigliani Quartet has won prizes and hearts with captivating artistry. Reinvigorating traditional chamber music, “There’s a bright, youthful spark to the Modigliani Quartet’s playing” (Guardian, UK).
PUCCINI: “Crisantemi,” SC. 65
BEETHOVEN: Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3
SCHUBERT: Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810, Death and the Maiden
This concert is dedicated to the memory of Paul A. Bissinger, Jr.
The Paris-based Modigliani Quartet, which was founded in 2003, is a regular guest of the world’s top venues and finest string quartet and chamber music series. It was a special honor for the quartet to be the first string quartet to perform in the big hall of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg when it opened in 2017. In 2020, the quartet became Artistic Director of the string quartet festival Quatuors à Bordeaux, as well as the renowned Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.
In the 2021-22 season the quartet is focusing on the composer Franz Schubert and his 225th anniversary (in 2022) and is dedicating itself intensively to all of his string quartets. In spring and summer 2022, the quartet will play a Schubert cycle featuring all fifteen string quartets in Schwarzenberg and Hohenems. In 2021, they toured in Düsseldorf and through Italy with the Schubert Octet with Sabine Meyer et al. Other highlights of the 2021-22 season are concerts at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, at the philharmonic halls in Köln, Berlin, and Paris, as well as in Istanbul and Basel.
In December 2020 the Modigliani Quartet celebrated the world premiere of the string quartet Split Apart, which was composed especially for them by the British composer Mark Anthony Turnage. The piece has its origins in the UK’s referendum to leave or remain in the European Union; the composer’s despair and anger at the Brexit vote are channeled into the work.
Since its founding the Modigliani Quartet has enjoyed performing larger chamber music works, which is how the quartet has built true artistic friendships with other musicians such as Nicholas Angelich, Tanja Tetzlaff, Beatrice Rana, and Renaud Capuçon. In the 2021-22 season, such concert highlights will be performances with Sharon Kam, Yeol Eum Son, Victor Julien-Laferri,and Julilan Steckel.
The quartet has been recording for the Mirare label since 2008 and has released 10 award-winning CDs since. Their ninth album, Portraits, was featured in the bestseller list 2-2019 (chamber music category) at the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. Their album Schubert Octet, which was recorded with Sabine Meyer, Bruno Schneider, Dag Jensen, and Knut Erik Sundquist, and released in April 2020, received international critical acclaim. In 2021 the Modigliani Quartet recorded all of Schubert’s string quartets for release in 2022.