Melbourne Chamber Music Society: Zemlinsky String Quartet Concert
Melbourne Chamber Music Society presents…
October 20, 2023
Founded in 1994 while the members were still students, the ZEMLINSKY QUARTET has become a much lauded example of the Czech string quartet tradition. The Zemlinsky Quartet won the First Grand Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in 2010. They have also been awarded top prizes at the Banff International String Quartet Competition (2007), Prague Spring International Music Competition (2005) and London International String Quartet Competition (2006), where they also received the Audience Prize.
The quartet was also the recipient of the Alexander Zemlinsky Advancement Award in 2008. Other notable prizes include Beethoven International Competition (1999), New Talent Bratislava (2003), Martin? Foundation String Quartet Competition (2004), and the Prize of Czech Chamber Music Society (2005). In the season 2016/17, Zemlinsky Quartet was appointed as the residential ensemble of the Czech Chamber Music Society.
The Zemlinsky Quartet performs regularly in the Czech Republic and abroad (Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Monaco, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Great Britain, Ireland, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Canada, USA, Brazil, Japan, South Korea). Recent major appearances of the Zemlinsky Quartet include London’s Wigmore Hall, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Library of Congress, Place des Arts in Montreal, Prague Spring Festival, and their New York debut on Schneider/New School Concerts Series.
Tailleferre: String Quartet
Janacek: Quartet #2 “Intimate Letters”
Beethoven: Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3
The Paris based Modigliani Quartet, founded in 2003, is a regular guest of the world’s top venues and finest string quartet and chamber music series. It consists of Amaury Coeytaux and Loic Rio, violins, Laurent Marfaing, viola, and Francois Kieffer, cello. The Quartet regularly performs at major venues in Europe, Asia, and North America. The Quartet records for the Mirare Label and has released 10 award-winning CDs since 2008. In 2021 the Modigliani Quartet recorded all of Schubert’s String Quartets; the release date is scheduled for January, 2022.
Through the support of generous sponsors, the Modigliani Quartet has the privilege of playing four magnificent Italiqn instruments. Amaury Coeytaux plays a 1773 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Loïc Rio plays a 1780 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Laurent Marfaing plays a 1660 viola by Luigi Mariani, and François Kieffer plays a 1706 cello by Matteo Goffriller.
Schulhoff: Five Pieces for String Quartet
Beethoven: Quartet in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3
Schubert: Quartet in d minor, D. 819, “Death and the Maiden”