Tradition and innovation
The String Quartets on Wednesday series combines tradition and innovation. We’re welcoming three newcomers making their Concertgebouw debuts. America’s Calidore String Quartet is currently winning the world over. Critics are scrambling to praise their ‘deep reserves of virtuosity and, above all, irrepressible dramatic instinct’, as the The New York Times put it. The Piatti Quartet’s breakthrough came after they won several prizes at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. The Quatuor Béla from France will play a programme that includes Schubert’s beloved Rosamunde Quartet.
The more familiar names include the Brentano Quartet and the Schumann Quartet. The Pražák Quartet from Czechia will be playing their final concert here, as this will be their last season on the concert stage. Fittingly, one of the works they’ll be playing is their compatriot Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1, ‘From My Life’.