NEWS / Alfred Brendel confirmed
Alfred Brendel is a household name. Though a string quartet festival might not be the place you’d expect the legendary pianist. Ever since he retired as a piano player in 2008, he has focussed on giving lectures and masterclasses and has string quartet had a special place for him.
In his own words: “For many years I have greatly enjoyed coaching string quartets, and above all dealing with the late string quartet music of Beethoven. What distinguished Beethovens lifestyle? To find a concise answer it seems indispensable to look at his late piano works that, next to the Piano/Cello Sonatas Op. 102 and the song cycle ‘An die ferne Geliebte’, inaugurated a new approach towards composition. I shall be glad to talk about these matters during the String Quartet Biennale in Amsterdam.”
After the lecture, the retired pianist will put his lecture into practice during a masterclass. 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.
Lecture by Alfred Brendel
Friday 2 Feb. 14:00
Masterclass by Alfred Brendel
Vrijdag 2 feb. 17:00
NB There are fewer tickets available for the masterclass
A festival completely dedicated to string quartet? A biennale even? Why and how would this be necessary? What makes string quartet so special that it deserves such an amount of… Read more