Our 'Mozart Quartets Plus' strand concludes with a sextet arrangement of the great Sinfonia Concertante, with Levon Chilingirian and Susie Mészáros taking the solo parts. Dvořák rarities preface Bartók's work – save for a brief period in Dvořák's home land, Bartók was unable to continue his folk music collecting due to the war, and the Quartet's slow gestation from 1915 to 1917 only intensified the composer's drawing on past folk influences.
Yuko Inoue viola‡
Christoph Richter cello‡
Alastair McMath double bass*
12:00pm, Friday 12 August 2016
A £22 B £14 RV Allocated Seating
Dvořák Four Cypresses Nos 2, 3, 9 & 11 9’
Dvořák Waltzes Op.54 Nos.1 & 4* 6½’
Bartók String Quartet No.2, Op.17 27’
Mozart String Sextet in E flat major, K364‡ 30’
In 1971 four prizewinning musicians met in London and decided to dedicate themselves to chamber music. Within a short time the Chilingirian Quartet was making an impact, with BBC and World Service broadcasts soon followed by invitations to the Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and Bath festivals and to the most important cities throughout Europe. A triumphant New York début in 1976 made the Chilingirians sought after throughout the United States. The Quartet has since made over fifteen coast-to-coast tours of the USA and Canada.
Winner of the 17th Budapest International Viola Competition, Yuko Inoue has performed as soloist throughout Europe and Japan with many orchestras, including the Hungarian State Philharmonic Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and with such eminent musicians as Gidon Kremer, Sir Charles Groves, György Pauk, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Heinrich Schiff and Thomas Zehetmair.
Christoph Richter is one of the most sought-after musicians in Europe, regularly performing with artists such as András Schiff, Isabelle Faust, Alexander Lonquich, Heinz Holliger and many others. After his studies with André Navarra and Pierre Fournier he won prizes at international competitions, and now plays as soloist with many leading orchestras. He is frequently invited to international festivals, including Ittingen, Risor and Salzburg where he premiered 'Introduction, Theme and Variations' for cello and orchestra by Henze.
Alastair McMath is currently in his final year at the RNCM, studying for a Bachelor of Music degree for which he received a full scholarship. He studies double bass with renowned bassist Jiří Hudec, principal of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.