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Belcea Quartet Gives October 15 Concert of Mozart, Brahms, and Schubert

September 23, 2015

Award-Winning String Quartet Known for Dynamic and Free Interpretive Style

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Middlebury, VT—Following exhilarating performances for the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series in 2004, 2006, and 2011, the Gramophone Award-winning Belcea Quartet will return to Vermont on October 15 to perform Mozart’s F Major quartet, Brahms’s Quartet in C Minor, and Schubert’s “Rosamunde” quartet at the Mahaney Center for the Arts.

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The Belcea Quartet is known around the world for performances of dynamic and free interpretative style. This expansive musicianship has its roots in the very diverse cultural backgrounds of its four musicians. The string quartet was founded at the Royal College of Music in London in 1994, and is now based in Great Britain. However, the quartet’s two founding members, the Romanian violinist Corina Belcea and the Polish violist Krzysztof Chorzelski, bring a very different artistic provenance to the ensemble, while also drawing from the best traditions of string quartet playing received from the quartet’s mentors, the Alban Berg and Amadeus Quartets. This spectrum is extended by the French musicians Axel Schacher (violin) and Antoine Lederlin (violoncello). The Belcea Quartet blends these diverse influences into a common musical language.

Presenting the world’s best classical string quartets is a hallmark of the Middlebury College Performing arts Series. Strong performances often prompt an immediate re-engagement to return in a future season, enabling ensembles of excellence to enjoy long and meaningful relationships with Middlebury audiences. The Belcea Quartet has given three such extraordinary concerts at the Mahaney Center for the Arts over the past decade. The Performing Arts Series is proud to offer this fourth opportunity to hear these world-class performers to its audience.

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The 2014–2015 season will take the Belcea Quartet to high-profile engagements in the world’s leading concert halls such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and New York’s Carnegie Hall. The quartet will mark the beginning of its 20th anniversary celebrations in autumn 2015.

The Belcea Quartet possesses an impressive discography. The Quartet won the Gramophone Award for best debut recording in 2001. During its long-term association with EMI Classics, the quartet recorded the complete Britten and Bartók quartets as well as works by Schubert, Brahms, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel, and Dutilleux. In 2012 and 2013, the quartet recorded the complete Beethoven quartets live in the Benjamin Britten Studio in Snape, England. They released this newest recording under their new label, ZigZag Territoires, earning an ECHO Klassik Award.

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The musicians recently created their very own Belcea Quartet Trust, with the goal of supporting and inspiring young string quartets through a series of intensive coaching sessions organized according to the needs of each selected ensemble, as well as supporting the commission of new works from today’s leading composers to be premiered by the quartet in the future.

“The Belceas still play like a young quartet, seizing the music’s energy, shocking us out of our seats with every fortissimo,” exclaimed the Guardian of London, calling the ensemble “a world-class ensemble” whose performances are “…expressive, well-defined, multi-dimensional and irresistibly dynamic and compelling.”

The Belcea Quartet concert will take place on Wednesday, October 15, at 7:30 P.M. in the Concert Hall of the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts, on the campus of Middlebury College. Professor of Music Greg Vitercik will offer a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 PM in Room 125. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south. Free parking is available. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $15 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://www.middlebury.edu/arts.

 

 

Photo credits:

Top right, center second from top, and bottom images: Photo Ronald Knapp

Center top and center third from top images: Photo Evy Ottermans

 

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