Leading English string quartet founded in 1994, Resident Quartet of Wigmore Hall (2001-2006), now Quartet in Residence at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Exclusive EMI artists.
Belcea QuartetMar. 15, 2009

Corina Belcea-Fisher - violin Krzysztof Chorzelski - viola
Laura Samuel - violin Antoine Lederlin - cello

The Belcea Quartet was established at the Royal College of Music in 1994 and rapidly gained an enviable reputation as one of the leading quartets of the younger generation. In 1999 it won First Prize at both the Osaka and Bordeaux International String Quartet Competitions and represented Great Britain in the European Concert Halls Organization “Rising Stars” series for the 1999/2000 concert season. In 2001 it received the Chamber Music Award of the Royal Philharmonic Society for the first time (it won again in 2003), the Gramophone Award for the best debut recording, and was named Resident Quartet of London’s Wigmore Hall, a position it still holds. With 2002 came an exclusive recording contract with EMI Classics. The Belcea tours in Europe, North America, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand to consistent critical acclaim, appears in festivals such as Aldeburgh and Cheltenham, and participates in Wigmore Hall’s extensive education programme.

1st LMMC engagement.

Programme:

HAYDN                String Quartet in D major, Opus 50 No. 6 (1787)
                                    Allegro
                                    Poco adagio
                                    Minuetto: Allegretto
                                    Finale: Allegro con spirito

BRITTEN            
String Quartet No. 1, Opus 25 (1941)
                                     I.       Andantini sostenuto (Tempo I)
                                              Andante vivo (Tempo II)
                                     II.     Allegro con slancio
                                     III.    Andante calmo
                                     IV.    Molto vivace

SCHUBERT        String Quartet in D minor, Opus Post. D. 810 (1824)
                              'Death and the Maiden'
                                     Allegro
                                     Andante con moto
                                     Scherzo: Allegro molto
                                     Presto

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