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The classical sound of strings

By Maria Gregoriou

The Pharos Arts Foundation will continue its season of classical music on Thursday with a performance of some of Beethoven’s work by the Kreutzer Quartet.

For their performance, the quartet – considered to be one of Europe’s most dynamic and innovative – will trace Beethoven’s musical evolution, from his early beginnings and the Haydn infused Op.18 quartets all the way to his highly Romantic A minor, Op.132 quartet, written two years before his death. The programme will also include a transcription for string quartet of Beethoven’s Bagatelles for piano Op.119 by British composer David Matthews.

The Kreutzer Quartet regularly appears at many of the world’s leading festivals, including the Venice Biennale and Warsaw Autumn. They are the dedicatees of numerous works, and over many years have established creative partnerships with composers including Sir Michael Tippett, David Matthews, Michael Finnissy, Judith Weir, Luca Francesconi, Poul Ruders and Haflidi Hallgrimsson. They have a particularly strong relationship with leading American composers, having collaborated intensively with George Rochberg in the last few years of his life, as well as working closely with figures such as Elliott Schwartz and the symphonist Gloria Coates.

As recording artists they have won critical acclaim for their discs on the Naxos, Metier and Chandos labels. They are Artists in Association as Quartet at York University, and at Wilton’s Music Hall. Their work in collaboration with art galleries and museums has garnered much attention, and large audiences, particularly their annual residency at the Tate Gallery, St Ives.

All four of the quartet members are individually renowned as soloists. Violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved is the dedicatee of well over 200 works for solo violin. His extensive discography ranges from cycles of sonatas by Beethoven and Telemann, the complete quartets of David Matthews, Michael Tippett and cycles of concerti from Haydn to Henze. He has won awards from the BBC Music Magazine, been nominated for a

Gramophone Award and was nominated for a Grammy for a concerto recording in 2007. He is the only British violinist to have been invited to play on Paganini’s violin and he presently plays on a 1698 Stradivari owned Joseph Joachim.

Composer and violinist Mihailo Trandafilovski has performed across Europe, America and the UK. His compositional interests lie with both instrumental and computer music, and he was recently the subject of a Portrait disc recorded by Lontano under Odaline de la Martinez.

Violist Morgan Goff has collaborated with major composers in Europe and Australia and has been featured in a great number of recordings – most recently in a disc of Lennox Berkeley’s solo works for Naxos.
Cellist Neil Heyde has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, the USA and Australia, broadcasting for the BBC, WDR, ORF, Radio France, RAI, NRK, DR, Netherlands Radio and many other networks. He is distinguished for his ground-breaking film, under the composer’s supervision, of Ferneyhough’s notorious Time and Motion Study.

Kreutzer Quartet
The Pharos Arts Foundation presents a concert with the Kreutzer Quartet. March 26. The Shoe Factory, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €15/10. Tel: 22-663871

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