Sun 8 Mar 2015, 18.30
Conway Hall Sunday Concerts present
The Badke Quartet, formed in 2002, is widely recognised as one of Britain’s finest string quartets. The Quartet has received widespread acclaim for its energetic and vibrant performances.
The Quartet has worked with some of the world’s greatest string quartets and studied with Gabor Takács-Nagy at IMS Prussia Cove and members of the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne. From 2005 to 2009 the Quartet held the Senior Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music.
The Badke Quartet regularly perform at concert halls and festivals in the UK and abroad, including Aldeburgh, Montreux, Bad Kissingen, Malmö, Mecklenburg, Ljubljana, Santander, Aix-en-Provence, Verbier Presteigne, West Cork, London’s Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, and the Musikverein in Vienna.
Future plans include a return to the Concertgebouw, a tour of the USA and a performance at the Haydn String Quartet Festival at the Court Theatre in Esterhazy Palace.
This performance will feature the UK première of Max Bruch's Quartet in C minor. In 1852, the 14-year-old Max Bruch submitted this string quartet for the coveted scholarship offered by the Frankfurt-based Mozart Foundation and was unanimously judged the best from the eleven applications by the three judges. Even at this age, the young Bruch had produced an impressive work, even though some of his music had already been successfully performed in public concerts in his home city of Cologne.
As a 12-year-old child prodigy, Bruch received some lessons in composition from Ferdinand Hiller and after his years of study, lived and worked as composer and/or conductor in Koblenz (1865), Sondershausen (1867), Liverpool (1880), Breslau (1883) and Berlin (1890), where he died in 1920 at the age of 82. Apart from his best known work, the Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26, he produced a range of compositions, namely operas, oratorios, orchestral and chamber music as well as songs and choral music. This string quartet had been presumed lost until 2013.
The first performance of this string quartet took place on 15 September 2014 in Frankfurt and the score and parts are now published.
Photo by Ollie Ford
Charlotte Scott violin
Emma Parker violin
Jon Thorne viola
Jonathan Byers cello
Pre-concert talk at 17.30
with Dr. Christopher Fifield
Haydn: Quartet Op.1/1
Bruch: Quartet in C minor UK première
Schubert: Quartet in A minor D804 ‘Rosamunde’
£10 tickets. Free entry for under-26s (courtesy of the CAVATINA Ticket Scheme)
Doors open at 17.30 (17.00 for the pre-concert talk). Main concerts starts 18.30.