Belcea Quartet-Romanian Athenaeum-13.10.2009

Belcea Quartet returned to Bucharest for a concert at the Athenaeum.
Corina Belcea-Fisher – violin
Laura Samuel – violin
Krzysztof Chorzelski – viola
Antoine Lederlin – cello
Kevin Kenner - piano - special guest
Anton Webern – Langsamer Satz
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Quartet in C Major, k 465
César Franck – Quintet with piano in F minor
......The Belcea Quartet has gained an enviable reputation as one of the leading quartets of the new generation. They continue to take the British and international chamber music circuit by storm, consistently receiving critical acclaim for their performances.
......The Quartet was established at the Royal College of Music in 1994 and has since been coached by the Chilingirian, Amadeus and Alban Berg Quartets. They are the Associate Ensemble at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and are Quartet in Residence at the Atheneum Concert Hall in Bucharest.
......The Belcea Quartet has an exclusive recording contract with EMI Classics and won the Gramophone Award for best debut recording in 2001. Subsequent recordings for EMI include Schubert quartets, Brahms’ String Quartet Op. 51 No. 1 and second String Quintet with Thomas Kakuska, Fauré’s La Bonne Chanson with Ian Bostridge, Schubert’s Trout Quintet with Thomas Adès and Corin Long, a double disc of Britten’s string quartets, Mozart’s “Dissonance” and “Hoffmeister” quartets, and, most recently, the complete Bartók quartets, for which the Quartet was awarded the title Chamber Music Ensemble of the Year by Germany's prestigious Echo Klassik Awards and nominated for a 2008 Gramophone Award.
......The Belcea Quartet’s international engagements regularly take them to the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Brussels’ Palais des Beaux Arts, Lisbon’s Gulbenkian, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Stockholm’s Konzerthuset, Paris’ Chatelet and Opera Bastille, Milan’s Sala Verdi, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, and to festivals including Luberon, Istanbul, Trondheim, Lausanne, Salzburg, Mecklenburg, and the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade.
......In the UK they regularly appear at the Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Perth, Bath and Cheltenham festivals, and at the Wigmore Hall where they were resident Quartet from 2001 to 2006. (
......Kevin Kenner - "He is a mystic. … He comes to us with a message which he reads as a verse from the Bible … Kenner achieves the highest level of transcendence"
......So the words of one amongst a veritable army of critics whose praise pitches Kenner as one of the giants of the pianistic world. Kevin Kenner was the winner in 1990 of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw and of the Bronze Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He records regularly for the BBC in England, where he now lives.
......At the age of 17, American pianist Kevin Kenner participated in the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and was awarded the 10th prize and a special prize from the jury for his promising talent. Ten years later, in 1990 he returned to Warsaw to win the top prize, the People's Prize and the Polonaise Prize. Earlier that year he won the bronze medal at the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, together with a special prize for his interpretation of Russian music. Other awards include the International Terence Judd Award (London, 1990), the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (Fort Worth, 1989) and the Gina Bachauer International Competition (Salt Lake City, 1988).
......Kevin Kenner has since performed as soloist with world-class orchestras including the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic Brussels, the NHK Symphony of Japan, and in the US with the principal orchestras of San Francisco, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, New Jersey, Rochester, Baltimore, St. Paul and many others. He has been invited to work with many renowned conductors, including the late Sir Charles Groves, Andrew Davis, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Jiri Belohlavek and Kazimierz Kord to name but a few.

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  1. I would like to quote from the program of Grand Theatre de Bordeaux: "Formation veritablement plebiscitee par les grands amateurs, le quatuor a cordes represente l'equilibre sonore absolu. A l'affiche du saison 2009-2010, des formations parmi les plus prestigieuses au monde: Takacs, Tokyo, Belcea, Talich."

    Program of Quatuor Belcea (lundi 25 jan. 2010):

    Beethoven - Quatuor no.3, op.18
    Szymanowski - Quatuor no.2, op.56
    Beethoven - Quatuor no.7, op.59

  2. Fumos spus.
    Dar pana sa ajunga la francezi, mai canta o data la noi, in decembrie.