Lancaster International Concert Series - Chilingirian Quartet

Date:29 January 2009
Time:7.30 pm

One of the world's most celebrated and widely travelled string ensembles, the Chilingirian Quartet, perform four quartets by Haydn and Mozart in the Great Hall, Lancaster University on Thursday 29 January at 7.30pm.

Renowned for their beautifully balanced and expressive interpretations of the classical repertoire, the Chilingirian's performances bristle with energy, lyricism and refinement. Their programme on 29 January consists of:

Haydn String Quartet in D minor, Op. 9 No.4

Mozart String Quartet in D minor, K421

Haydn String Quartet in C, Op. 54 No.2

Haydn String Quartet in C Op. 74 No.1

"With the bicentenary of Haydn's death (31 May) fast approaching we have been performing many of Haydn's wonderful quartets this season in a variety of programmes including three evenings at London's newest concert hall, Kings Placeand a Wigmore Hall concert last month.We are delighted to be performing this programme at Lancaster University as part of the 40th Anniversary season celebrations." - Levon Chilingirian, violinist and founder member

Tickets: £15.00 £12.50 (£12.50, £10.00 concessions), £6 Young person.

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The Chilingirian Quartet - biography

The Chilingirian Quartet has been firmly established as one of the world's great ensembles for over thirty years. Its early successes in the European Broadcasting Union competition in Stockholm were followed by a highly acclaimed debut in New York which paved the way for a distinguished career spanning over 50 countries on all continents.

Eagerly sought-after for their spontaneous and authoritative interpretations of classical and romantic works, the Quartet have also had a pioneering role in introducing works by the two great British composers of the twentieth century, Britten and Tippett.

The Chilingirian have held residencies at the Universities of Liverpool, Sussex and Irvine (California). The Quartet now leads an exciting chamber music programme at London's Royal College of Music where many of the first European ensembles have attended. They have also been quartet-in-residence at the Lake District Summer Music Festival for over 20 years. The Royal Philharmonic Society granted its coveted Chamber Ensemble Award to the Quartet and the Chilingirian keeps a keen balance between performance and teaching activities.

Recent engagements include the Casals Festival (where they were joined by Hellecant, Adoujan, Lethiec, Noras), Santander Festival, a tour for Music in the Round in the U.K., Royal Dublin Society, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (playing Hugh Woods Serenade and Elegy), the Wigmore Hall (with David Geringas) and a Norwegian cruise accompanied by Simon Rowland-Jones, Ian Brown and Dame Josephine Barstow.

A most exciting connection has been established with "El Systema" in Venezuela. Already world-famous for its Simon Bolivar Orchestra, the Chilingirian has been asked to further the chamber music education of these highly talented young players by visiting Caracas to teach and perform with the older players who will pass on their experiences to their younger colleagues. Ensembles have been invited to the Quartet's prestigious summer course at West Dean in England, now in its 29th year.

As the first musicians to try out the acoustics of London's newest concert hall, Kings Place, the Quartet also participated in the opening week's festivities in October and gave the world premiere of a specially commissioned work by Thea Musgrave for oboe quartet with Nicholas Daniel. This appearance was considered the highlight of the Festival by the Financial Times, describing the Chilingirian as a "harmony of voices, talents and temperaments."

The Quartet celebrated the 60th birthday of Michael Berkeley at Wigmore Hall with Thomas Carroll, Dame Felicity Lott and others. They commemorated the life and music of Clifford Benson joined by many distinguished colleagues.

The Haydn bicentenary offers a wonderful opportunity to explore over twenty of his quartets at Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and the Castle Hotel in Taunton where an ambitious week of concerts includes all of this great master's quartets shared by various ensembles. The Chilingirian will also collaborate with the Hilliard Ensemble in a programme of music for Holy Week containing juxtaposed movements of Haydn's Seven last Words on the Cross with Gesualdo's "Responsoria in Parasceve".

The second volume of Mozart's complete viola quintets is out soon on CRD and already available are the DVDs of Beethoven's complete opus 18 quartets recorded live during concerts in France, complemented by insightful introductions by Levon Chilingirian.

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Who can attend:Anyone

Further Information

Organising departments and research centres:Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
  • Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA)
  • The LICA Building, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK