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Belcea Quartet

Belcea Quartet

  • Corina Belcea - violin
  • Axel Schacher - violin
  • Krzysztof Chorzelski - viola
  • Antoine Lederlin - cello

Founded at the Royal College of Music in 1994, the Belcea Quartet is one of the leading new-generation quartets, consistently acclaimed for their performances.

The quartet's international engagements regularly take it to the Konzerthaus and Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Gulbenkian (Lisbon), Tonhalle (Zurich), Konzerthuset (Stockholm), Sala Verdi (Milan), Théâtre du Chatelet and Opéra Bastille (Paris), Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center (New York) and Herbst Theatre (San Francisco), and to festivals in Luberon, Istanbul, Trondheim, Lausanne, Salzburg and Mecklenburg, as well as the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade. In the UK, the Belceas are frequent guests at the Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Perth, Bath and Cheltenham festivals, and at the Wigmore Hall, where they were resident quartet from 2001 to 2006. They regularly work with leading instrumentalists such as Thomas Adès, Isabelle van Keulen, Michael Collins, Paul Lewis, Imogen Cooper, Yovan Markovitch, Natalie Clein, Piotr Anderszewski and Valentin Erben. Collaborations with singers have included Fauré's La bonne chanson with Anne Sofie von Otter (Cité de la Musique) and Respighi's Il tramonto with Angelika Kirchschlager (Wigmore Hall).

In the 2010/11 season, the Belcea Quartet gave the world premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage's new work for string quartet Twisted Blues with Twisted Ballad in London, Cologne, Amsterdam and Vienna. They have just curated their own project ‘Beethoven & Schubert: Final Years', with concerts in Aldeburgh, the Gulbenkian Grand Auditorium and the Philharmonie Luxembourg, working with Imogen Cooper, Ian Bostridge, Mark Padmore, Julius Drake and Valentin Erben.

In 2011, the quartet embarked on an ambitious survey of the complete string quartets by Beethoven, with cycles of concerts in the UK, Germany, Austria, Sweden and the USA. That same year, it also gave the premiere performance of Thomas Larcher's Piano Quintet at the Wigmore Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus and Dortmund Konzerthaus with the pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa. The Belcea Quartet is currently continuing a cycle of concerts with Beethoven's quartets and is also playing Haydn's The Seven Last Words of our Saviour from the Cross, with Thomas Quasthoff.

The Belceas won the Gramophone Award for best debut recording in 2001. Their discography for EMI includes Brahms' String Quartet Op. 51 No. 1 and Second String Quintet with Thomas Kakuska, Fauré's La Bonne Chanson with Ian Bostridge, Schubert's ‘Trout' Quintet with Thomas Adès and Corin Long, a double disc of Britten's string quartets, which won a MIDEM Cannes Award, Mozart's ‘Dissonance' and ‘Hoffmeister' quartets, and the complete Bartók quartets, for which the quartet was named Chamber Music Ensemble of the Year by Germany's prestigious Echo Klassik Awards and nominated for a 2008 Gramophone Award.

The Belcea Quartet is Quartet in Residence of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and Ensemble in Residence at the Vienna Konzerthaus.


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