Modigliani Quartet embarks on
North American tour
The quartet’s concert programs to span centuries, ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Shostakovich and Dohnányi. Appearances in Houston, Tulsa, Montreal, Sleepy Hollow, Dallas and both Carnegie Hall and Town Hall in New York.
“Rarely do you see chamber musicians so closely wedded to the tools of their trade.” The Seattle Times
"The Modigliani Quartet: One of the greatest quartets of our time." Süddeutsche Zeitung
NEW YORK, NY – March 16, 2015 – The Modigliani Quartet, now in their twelfth year of playing together, will embark on a seven-city tour April 9th-20th, performing in Houston, Tulsa, Montreal, Dallas, Westchester and at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall and Town Hall in New York.. Their programs, which vary from city to city, include works by Beethoven, Debussy, Dohnányi, Mozart, Ravel, Saint-Saëns and Shostakovich. See below for a full list of tour dates and repertoire.
On their previous North American tours, the Modigliani Quartet have been hailed for their deep connection with both their instruments and their music. “Their instruments might as well be bodily appendages,” San Francisco Classical Voice writes. The Seattle Times also hailed their consummate musicianship: “Passages in the music that previously seemed knotty and impenetrable suddenly take on a pristine clarity, all supposed problems magically resolved.”
"The string quartet repertoire is immense and wonderful," says Modigliani First Violinist Philippe Bernhard. "To be sure we wouldn't neglect any aspect of it during our life as a group ,we've always tried to build the famous and 'established' quartets (Beethoven, Mozart and Shostakovich -- repertoire any musician dreams of playing one day) without forgetting to add at the same time pieces which are less well-known and played despite their high quality (Dohnányi and Saint Saëns). Debussy and Ravel are of course quintessential French String Quartets and as French musicians, we relish the opportunity to play them whenever we can. The different pieces on this tour are a perfect snapshot of our work."
Praised by The Strad for their “individual and communal brilliance,” the Modigliani Quartet was formed by four close friends at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 2003. They attracted international attention just a year later by winning the 2004 Frits Philips String Quartet competition in Eindhoven, followed by a First Prize at the Vittorio Rimbotti competition in Florence in 2005 and a win at the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York in 2006. The “fab foursome” (Seattle Times) has since been heard in venues around the world such as Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Marlboro Festival and Zurich’s Tonhalle; and on their five award-winning recordings on the Mirare label. The Modigliani Quartet studied with the Ysaÿe Quartet in Paris, attended masterclasses by Walter Levin and György Kurtág, and worked with the Artemis Quartet in Berlin. In 2014, the Modigliani Quartet became Artistic Directors of the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, the festival previously directed by Mstislav Rostropovich. Thanks to the generosity and support of private sponsors, the members of the Modigliani Quartet play the following instruments:
Philippe Bernhard plays a 1780 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini.
Loïc Rio plays a 1734 violin by Alessandro Gagliano.
Laurent Marfaing plays a 1660 viola by Luigi Mariani.
François Kieffer plays a 1706 cello by Matteo Goffriller (formerly "Warburg")
For more information on the Modigliani Quartet, visit: www.modiglianiquartet.com.
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Rebecca Davis Public Relations
Modigliani Quartet North American Tour
Apr 9, 7:30 p.m. Houston, TX Chamber Music Houston
Apr 11, 7:30 p.m. Tulsa, OK Chamber Music Tulsa
Apr 12, 3:00 p.m. Tulsa, OK Chamber Music Tulsa
Apr 14, 7:30 p.m. New York, NY Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall
Apr 15, 7:30 p.m. Montreal, QC Bourgie Hall at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Apr 18, 8:00 p.m. Sleepy Hollow, NY Friends of Music Concerts
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. New York, NY Peoples' Symphony
Apr 20, 8:00 p.m. Dallas, TX Dallas Chamber Music Society
Programs to include (varies by location):
MOZART: Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421
SHOSTAKOVICH: Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49
DOHNÁNYI: Quartet No. 3 in A minor, Op. 33
DEBUSSY: Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
SAINT-SAËNS: Quartet No. 1 in E minor, Op. 112
RAVEL: Quartet in F Major
BEETHOVEN: Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4, “Lobkowitz”