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Belcea Quartet

Belcea Quartet

The Belcea Quartet, founded at the Royal College of Music in London in 1994, comprises the Romanian violinist Corina Belcea, the Polish viola player Krzysztof Chorzelski and two French musicians: Axel Schacher (violin) and Antoine Lederlin (cello). The ensemble’s rich repertoire ranges from Classical and Romantic works through to contemporary music, of which it has given several world first performances: Twisted Blues with Twisted Ballad (2010) and Contusion (2014) by Mark-Anthony Turnage, lucid dreams by Thomas Larcher (2015) and the String Quartet No. 4 by Krzysztof Penderecki (2016). The quartet regularly works with such artists as Piotr Anderszewski, Till Fellner, Valentin Erben and Antoine Tamestit. The four musicians recently launched the Belcea Quartet Trust, through which they organise consultations and workshops for young chamber musicians and ensembles, and also commission works from leading composers. The Belcea Quartet’s impressive discography includes the complete quartets by Britten and Bartók (EMI), works by Schubert, Brahms, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel and Dutilleux, and acclaimed live recordings of the Beethoven string quartets (ECHO Klassik Award). September 2016 saw the release of an album featuring all the string quartets and the piano quintet of Brahms, which received ECHO Klassic and Diapason d’Or awards. In the 2017/2018 season, the Belcea Quartet appeared at such venues as the Wigmore Hall in London, the Cologne and Paris philharmonic halls, the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, Lotte Hall in Seoul and Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin. The Belcea Quartet has previously performed at ‘Chopin and his Europe’ in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.


 

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