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‘The whole new way of experiencing music ... perfectly created atmosphere.’
‘It was an utterly amazing experience! I enjoyed every moment of the concert.’
‘We enjoyed the concert enormously, both the performances and the very informative talks.
It was a most stimulating evening.’
‘I listened to beautiful music and I learned - what more could you ask from an evening?
Really, it was very special.’
‘Congratulations on the great success of last night’s debut of the Aspect Foundation in NY. Lovely venue, terrific crowd, and lots of wonderful energy.’
‘What a beautiful evening it was! Thank you very much! I don’t think I’ve ever been to an event like this.’
The Borodin Quartet commands a position of singular prestige in the world of chamber music. In existence for more than 60 years, it has preserved a unique performance tradition, focusing on the masterpieces at the very heart of the quartet repertoire. The Quartet’s interpretations are celebrated for their intensity and focus, in which individualism is subsumed to the collaborative spirit of chamber music with its total commitment to the composer’s vision. In addition to performing quartets, the Borodin Quartet regularly joins forces with other distinguished musicians to further explore the chamber music repertoire. Their partners have included Dmitri Shostakovich, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yuri Bashmet, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Natalia Gutman, Elisso Virsaladze and Christoph Eschenbach. The Quartet also holds regular master classes.
Since it was founded in 1994, the Zemlinsky Quartet has become a much-lauded exemplar of the Czech string quartet tradition. In 2010 the quartet won the 1st Grand Prize in the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. It has also enjoyed a string of top prizes in the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Prague Spring International Music Competition and the London International String Quartet Competition. The quartet has moreover been the recipient of the Alexander Zemlinsky Advancement Award.
Brecon Baroque, founded in 2007 by Rachel Podger as resident ensemble at her annual Brecon Baroque Festival, specialises in the music of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries, also appearing as a small Baroque orchestra for Vivaldi, Telemann, Purcell and Handel. Recent highlights include tours of continental Europe and Japan and a Baroque Opera collaboration with Robert Hollingworth in Wroclaw, while upcoming performances include Bach’s St John Passion and The Art of Fugue at this year’s Brecon Baroque Festival. In 2010 Rachel and Brecon Baroque recorded Bach’s Violin Concertos for Channel Classics, a debut CD which attracted universal critical acclaim. Their 2013 recording of Bach’s Double and Triple Concertos, released on the same label, has been equally well received, and was named CD of the week by Classic FM, BBC Radio 3’s CD Review, HR2 Kultur (Germany) and WQXR (New York). Their latest release is a complete recording of Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico.
Endellion String Quartet