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27th Season 2011-12
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Wednesday 5th October 2011
Atrium String Quartet


Commences 7.30pm (Hartlepool Town Hall)

Programme:

Haydn: Quartet in B minor Op 33 No 1
Beethoven: Quartet in F Op 18 No 1
Schubert: Quartet in G D887

 

 


Atrium String Quartet
Artist Information:

One of the most inspiring, dynamic and charismatic ensembles on the musical scene, the Atrium String Quartet have established themselves as performers of deep emotion, intellect, virtuosity and technical brilliance. Highly acclaimed by audiences and press the Quartet has performed throughout Europe, Russia, the USA, Australia and Japan.

The Atrium Quartet is a winner of two of the most prestigious International Competitions for String Quartet: First prize and Audience Prize of the 9th London International String Quartet Competition in 2003 and Grand-Prix of the 5th International String Quartet Competition in Bordeaux in 2007. In 2010 the Atrium Quartet celebrated its 10-th Anniversary.

Founded in 2000 in St Petersburg under the inspiration of Professor Josef Levinson, the Quartet graduated from the St Petersburg Conservatoire in 2003 and then completed their education in Amsterdam coached by Prof. Stefan Metz at the Netherland String Quartet Academy (2006-2007) and in Conservatoire Hanns Eisler in Berlin (2007-2009) with Prof. Eberhard Feltz. The Quartet has also been coached by famous musicians from the Alban Berg Quartet, Vermeer Quartet, Tokyo Quartet and by Walter Levin.

Recent highlights for the Atrium Quartet have included recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall in London, Library of Congress in Washington, Frick Museum in New York, Les Invalides in Paris, BOZAR in Brussels, De Doelen in Rotterdam, Conservatoire du Geneva, L'Auditori in Barcelona, Philharmonic Hall in St Petersburg, Toppan Hall in Tokyo, as well as recitals at prestigious Festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Schwetzingen Festival in Germany, Colmar Festival in France, Orlando Festival in the Netherlands, Haydn International Festival in Eszterhaza in Hungary, Davos Festival and Luzern Festival in Switzerland.  Season 2009-2010 started with successful debut tour of the Quartet in Japan, immediately after that the Quartet was invited for return visit in 2011. 

Concerts in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Berlin, and Wigmore Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Palau in Barcelona and first visit to Brazil and, of course, in the native city St.Petersburg scheduled for the season 2010-2011.

The Quartet has performed with such eminent musicians as violist Richard Young of the Vermeer Quartet, pianists Brigitte Engerer and Jean-Bernard Pommier, cellist Antonio Meneses.

The Atrium Quartet's discography includes a CD with works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich made for EMI Classics and a DVD 'Live in Concert' in the Netherlands with music by Tchaikovsky.  Another CD was recorded in Paris for Zig-Zag Territories (Beethoven Quartet Op.74 in E flat, and Shostakovich Quartet No.5, Op.92), and was the Gramophone's Editor's Choice in November 2008. The Quartet recorded all 4 string quartets of  Spanish composer Jordi Cervello. One of this quartets  («A Bach»)  dedicated to the members of the Atrium Quartet. New CD project with works of Anton Arensky is planned for 2011-2012 season.

Coaching experience of the Quartet includes the teaching of the students in music colleges and schools in  St Petersburg, master-courses given in the UK, Russia and USA. A few big projects are planned for the Quartet in Brazil for 2011-2012 season where the Quartet will be teaching chamber music and solo instruments for young talented musicians. 

Atrium Quartet's motto is "continuing the traditions and popularization of the best examples of contemporary music".

The world premiere of new string quartet by famous german composer Fazil Say will take place in September 2011 in Germany.    

The Quartet currently resides in Berlin, Germany.

   

Reviews:

One of the most inspiring, dynamic and charismatic ensembles on the musical scene, the Atrium String Quartet has been highly acclaimed by audience and press alike.

"A beautifully balanced group with a fine, burnished tone and excellent blend" - The Strad.

"The Atrium Quartet won first prize in the 2003 London International String Quartet Competition with a gripping account of Shostakovich's Fifth Quartet - along with the Twelfth, the most wide ranging and powerfully wrought of the cycle, though among the least performed. On their disc, unfazed by its demands, the Atrium steer a propulsive course through the Allegro - easily the most persuasively argued of Shostakovich's
sonata-form movements - and effect a suspenseful transition into die Andante, whose odierworldliness is underlined by the sparing but varied use of vibrato. Nor does the finale disappoint - its initial animation and violent culmination leading to a coda whose bittersweet oblivion is unerringly captured. This is undoubtedly the finest recording of the Fifth Quartet to have appeared during recent years ... " - Gramophone, November 2008.

"The Quartet is a winner of two of the most prestigious International Competitions for String Quartet: First prize at the 9th London International String Quartet Competition in 2003 and Grand-Prix at the 5th International String Quartet Competition in Bordeaux in 2007. The Atrium Quartet won the London International String Quartet Competition 2003. Their prize was to make a record with EMI. Since then, although this vibrant Russian group has played all over Europe, their recording career has all but stalled. Until, that is, another competition gave them the chance to make this disc. These are distinguished performances, intelligent, moving, mature. The Beethoven is marked by a beautifully poised slow movement and a deftly delivered scherzo. The Shostakovich seems from first note to last to reside in the ensemble's collective soul. More, please" - Sunday Times 14th Dec 2008.

 

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