MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM
“It was hard not to fall in love with the Szymanowski Quartet”
—The New York Times
Founded in Warsaw in 1995, this remarkable group employs a vivid, wide-ranging palette of tonal colors to strike a perfect balance between intellect and passion. As its members are from Ukraine and Poland, the quartet springs from the very heart of musical “Mitteleuropa” and the result is sensational. After winning prizes at competitions in Melbourne, Osaka, and Florence, the group is now sought after by such top venues as Carnegie Hall, the Louvre, London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein and Berlin’s Konzerthaus, as well as other concert halls and prestigious festivals in Europe, the United States, Asia, Australia and South America.
In 2005 they were honored with the “Szymanowski Award” of the Karol Szymanowski Foundation in Warsaw, the only time it has ever been given to a string quartet. In 2007 they were awarded the Medal of Honor by the Polish government for their service to Polish culture.
Their program for us will include Karl Maria von Weber’s sparkling Clarinet Quintet featuring guest artist Ivar Berix, the noted Dutch clarinetist and member of Calefax.