Masterclasses

So many diverse quartets performed in the space of a single week; so much knowledge and experience to share. A masterclass provides the opportunity to delve deeper into the music and imparts new knowledge to musicians and audience alike. It is also a unique experience to follow the musical process from close by. During the String Quartet Biennale the musicians take masterclasses out of their traditional setting and dedicate them to topics that they consider essential for the string quartet.

Masterclass / Improvisation

  • 11:30
  • 29.01.2018
  • Atriumzaal

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Abel Tomàs violin
Vera Martinez violin
Jonathan Brown viola
Arnau Tomàs cello

Lucio Franco Amanti, composer

The Spanish Cuarteto Casals asked the composer Lucio Franco Amanti to write a work as an element of their Beethoven cycle with the goal of coming closer to the improvisatory heart of Beethoven’s music. This work (to be heard in this Monday evening’s concert) motivated them to join forces with the composer and take a new step – or rather, a leap into the depths – in their career: improvising. During the Biennale Lucio Franco Amanti will join the Cuarteto Casals in a masterclass (in English) and continue exploring this as yet uncharted territory for a string quartet.

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So many diverse quartets performed in the space of a single week; so much knowledge and experience to share. A masterclass provides the opportunity to delve deeper into the music and imparts new knowledge to musicians and audience alike. It is also a unique experience to follow the musical process from close by. During the String Quartet Biennale the musicians take masterclasses out of their traditional setting and dedicate them to topics that they consider essential for the string quartet.

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Masterclass

  • 11:30
  • 31.01.2018
  • Atriumzaal

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  • Round Robin with Philip Setzer (Emerson String Quartet)
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Anton Webern 6 Bagatellen for string quartet, op. 9

In a round-robin sports tournament all opponents meet each other – which is exactly what will happen in this masterclass. Three young quartet will be divided, mixed up and rotated. Everyone will encounter each other and Philip Setzer from the Emerson String Quartet. In this unusual setting they will work together on Webern’s 6 Bagatellen, which will also be performed by the Emerson String Quartet this evening. Philip Setzer says: ‘It’s really fun and also a great learning experience for the young players and for the audience to observe – I promise!’

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So many diverse quartets performed in the space of a single week; so much knowledge and experience to share. A masterclass provides the opportunity to delve deeper into the music and imparts new knowledge to musicians and audience alike. It is also a unique experience to follow the musical process from close by. During the String Quartet Biennale the musicians take masterclasses out of their traditional setting and dedicate them to topics that they consider essential for the string quartet.

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First rehearsal

  • 11:30
  • 01.02.2018
  • Atriumzaal

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Alex Redington violin
Jonathan Stone violin
Hélène Clément viola
John Myerscough cello

In First Rehearsal the Doric String Quartet exposes one of the least visible and most personal aspects of being a string quartet: the first rehearsal. A new piece awaits on the stands; perhaps the notes are not even fully mastered yet – so, what happens when they rehearse a piece for the very first time?

Where do they begin? Who leads the rehearsal? In First Rehearsal the Doric String Quartet reveals how they structure the starting point of a long and intensive working process.

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Masterclass

  • 11:30
  • 02.02.2018
  • Atriumzaal

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Aitor Hevia violin
Cibrán Sierra Vázquez violin
Josep Puchades viola
Helena Poggio cello

Cuarteto Quiroga approaches a masterclass in the same way that they approach the string quartet. What makes them so special is the thoroughness with which they work on the music. Starting from four diverse perspectives they display incredible precision and dedication in building a technical, substantial and contextual framework within which the students can find their own voice.

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So many diverse quartets performed in the space of a single week; so much knowledge and experience to share. A masterclass provides the opportunity to delve deeper into the music and imparts new knowledge to musicians and audience alike. It is also a unique experience to follow the musical process from close by. During the String Quartet Biennale the musicians take masterclasses out of their traditional setting and dedicate them to topics that they consider essential for the string quartet.

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Masterclass by Alfred Brendel

  • 17:00
  • 02.02.2018
  • Kleine Zaal
  • Masterclass by Alfred Brendel to a young string quartet
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Alfred Brendel

For young musicians, it’s a dream to have the opportunity to work with a teacher of the stature of Alfred Brendel. Besides young pianists, he mainly coaches young string quartets and focuses on the late string quartets of Beethoven and Schubert. Because it’s precisely those works in which he detects a strong link to the piano repertoire of both composers, as he will elucidate during his lecture.

A string quartet of the Dutch String Quartet Academy will participate in this masterclass.

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