Tickets include entry to the pre-concert talk.
The bar will be open before the concert and during the interval, in our foyer.
Barbican Quartet • 6.30pm
First prize winners of the 2019 Joseph Joachim International Chamber Music Competition, as well as the 2018 St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, the Barbican Quartet are quickly establishing themselves internationally.
For their Conway Hall début they offer a programme spanning over a century, from the “Father of the String Quartet” Joseph Haydn to Béla Bartók. They conclude with Schumann’s third quartet, dedicated to Mendelssohn and written in Schumann’s ‘chamber music year’ which also saw the composition of his Piano Quartet and Quintet, as well as two further string quartets.
Amarins Wierdsma (violin)
Kate Maloney (violin)
Christoph Slenczka (viola)
Yoanna Prodanova (cello)
Haydn | Quartet in F ‘The Dream’ Op.50/5
Bartók | Quartet No.4 in C Sz.91
Schumann | Quartet No.3 Op.41/3
Pre-Concert Talk with Robert Hugill • 5.30pm
The proud tradition of the Viennese string quartet ground seemed to grind to a halt after Brahms, but in other countries and other cultural traditions, the genre sprang to life in different ways. Bartok’s six mature string quartets span his compositional life and represent a remarkably musical diary as we watch his style develop, alongside the complex iterations in what it meant to be a Hungarian in the first 50 years of the 20th century. These are works that have an important role in Conway’s Hall history too.