Musica Viva presents the Takács Quartet in a return national tour, performing music by Haydn, Beethoven, Dvořák and a world premiere by Carl Vine.
Both Sydney performances will be preceded by a pre-concert talk. The Saturday concert will be followed by an opportunity to meet the artist in the Function Room, Level 1 and there will be a CD signing in the foyer after Monday’s performances.
The quartet, now in its 4th decade comprises violinists Edward Dusinberre and Károly Schranz, with violist Geraldine Walther and cellist András Fejér, and performs around eighty concerts a year world-wide. Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, the ensemble also serves as a Visiting Quartet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
In Europe during the 2017-2018 season, the Takács Quartet appear as Associate Artists at London’s Wigmore Hall and perform in Copenhagen, Vienna, Luxembourg, Rotterdam, the Rheingau Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. At Carnegie Hall, they will present the new Carl Vine work commissioned for them by Musica Viva Australia, Carnegie Hall and the Seattle Commissioning Club.
The first string quartet to win the Wigmore Hall Medal in May, 2014, the ensemble has an extensive discography. The latest Takács recording, to be released by Hyperion in September 2017, features Dvorák’s Viola Quintet, Opus 97 (with Lawrence Power) and the String Quartet, Opus 105. For its recordings, the quartet has won three Gramophone Awards, a Grammy Award, three Japanese Record Academy Awards, Disc of the Year at the inaugural BBC Music Magazine Awards, and Ensemble Album of the Year at the Classical Brits.
Programme 1 Sydney weekday: HAYDN String Quartet in F major, op 77 no 2/ VINE String Quartet no 6 ‘Child’s Play’ (2017) (World Premiere)/ BEETHOVEN String Quartet no 12, op 127
Programme 2 Sydney weekend: HAYDN String Quartet in D major, op 76 no 5 ‘Largo’/ VINE String Quartet no 6 ‘Child’s Play’ (2017) (World Premiere)/ DVOŘÁK String Quartet no 14, op 105