Modigliani String Quartet; 11/17/2017

Modigliani String Quartet
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 7:30pm
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Formed by four close friends in 2003, this ensemble was named for the famous painter because “Modigliani was something really special . . . an artist who had his own style and stayed true to it.” Aspiring to stay true to their own voices, the quartet plays works by Mozart and Debussy, plus Dvořák’s “American” quartet. Made possible with generous support from the Sunderman Family Concert Endowment Fund, in memory of Dr. F. William Sunderman Jr. and Dr. Caroyln Reynolds Sunderman. A Nelson Series event. Free; no tickets required.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 6:30pm
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

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The Modigliani Quartet perform the Lento from Antonín Dvořák - String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, B. 179, Op. 96, "American". They will perform the Dvořák at Middlebury.


MOZART String Quartet No. 21 in D Major, K. 575

Menuetto: Allegretto

DEBUSSY String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10

Animé et très décidé
Assez vif et bien rythmé
Andantino, doucement expressif
Très modéré - En animant peu à peu - Très mouvementé et avec passion


DVOŘÁK String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96, B. 179 "American" 

Allegro ma non troppo
Molto vivace
Finale: vivace ma non troppo


Modigliani Quartet

Amaury Coeytaux, Violin 
Loïc Rio, Violin 
Laurent Marfaing, Viola 
François Kieffer, Cello

“One of today’s best quartets in the world...Balance, transparency, symphonic comprehension, confident style, their performance reached a very high and inspiring level.” --Harald Eggbrecht in Süddeutsche Zeitung

Formed in 2003, the Modigliani Quartet is a regular guest of the world’s top venues like Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie de Paris, Het Concertgebouw, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Cologne’s Philharmonie, Victoria Hall, Brussels’ Bozar, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Munich’s Prinzregenstheater and Herkulessaal, Barcelona’s Auditori, Tokyo’s Oji Hall, Luxemburg’s Philharmonie, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and festivals like Lucerne, Schwetzingen, Rheingau, Kissinger Sommer, Schleswig-Holstein, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Schwarzenberg-Hohenems Schubertiade, Maverick Festival, Lanaudière Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Copenhagen Chamber Music Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron, Montpellier Radio France Festival, La Folle Journée de Nantes, Baalbeck, Edinburgh International Festival.

In the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons, the quartet will tour in the United States, Japan, Korea, and throughout Europe. They will return to Wigmore Hall for several concerts, to Carnegie Hall, Paris’ Philharmonie, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, among several prestigious venues. They also played in the inaugural season of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie in March 2017.

In 2014, the Modigliani Quartet became Artistic Directors of the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian. After a 13-year pause, the festival, made famous by its former legendary artistic director Mstislav Rostropovich, and created in 1976 by Antoine Riboud, started a new life through the joint efforts of the Evian Resort and the Modigliani Quartet. Following the promising success of the first season, the festival has quickly become one of Europe’s major and most publicized events.

The quartet has recorded for the Mirare label since 2008 and has released seven award-winning CDs, all receiving great critical acclaim in several countries. The renowned critic and string quartet specialist Harald Eggbrecht wrote in the Süddeutsche Zeitung about their Haydn CD in 2014: “It is a real treat to hear with what panache, what witty playfulness, what youthful energy the quartet plays, yet never yielding to casualness. The balance of the four voices, the delicacy of sounds is always impressive, with constant attention to dynamics, harmony and rhythmic precision. It sounds effortless, sovereign and extremely supple.” Their latest recording with all three Schumann quartets was released in fall 2017.

Only one year after they were formed, the quartet attracted international attention in 2004 by winning the Frits Philips String Quartet competition in Eindhoven. The Quartet then took First Prize at the Vittorio Rimbotti competition in Florence in 2005 and won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York in 2006.

Following their studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the Modigliani Quartet studied with the Ysaÿe Quartet in Paris, attended masterclasses by Walter Levin and György Kurtág, and then had the opportunity to work with the Artemis Quartet at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.

The quartet regularly plays chamber music with Sabine Meyer, Renaud Capuçon, Nicholas Angelich, Lynn Harrel, Julian Rachlin, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, and Daniel Müller-Schott, among other world class musicians.

Thanks to the generosity and support of private sponsors, the Modigliani quartet plays on four outstanding Italian instruments: Amaury Coeytaux plays a 1773 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Loïc Rio plays a 1780 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Laurent Marfaing plays a 1660 viola by Luigi Mariani, and François Kieffer plays a 1706 cello by Matteo Goffriller (former”Warburg") .

The Modigliani Quartet is also very thankful for the help of the SPEDIDAM.

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