Rosendal Chamber Music Festival 2020

Quatuor Ébène

Biography

Quatuor Ebène is one of the most creative ensembles on the international chamber music scene today, moving with ease and enthusiasm between different styles. The Quartet’s concerts are marked by a special élan. With its charismatic playing, fresh approach to tradition and open engagement with new forms, the Quartet has been successful in reaching a wide audience of young listeners, and communicates its knowledge in regular masterclasses at the Paris Conservatoire.

Following its triumph at the ARD International Music Competition in 2004, Quatuor Ebène won the Forberg-Schneider Foundation’s Belmont Prize in 2005. Since then, the Foundation has worked closely with the musicians, who have been performing on instruments chosen with and loaned by Gabriele Forberg since 2009.
From April 2019 to January 2020, Quatuor Ébène went on a world tour under the theme “Beethoven Live Around the World” with concerts in North America, South America, Africa, Australia & New Zealand, Asia and Europe. The Quartet has performed at the Perelman Theater Philadelphia, Sala São Paulo, Melbourne Recital Centre and the Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin, among others. Each of these 7 tours ended with a live recording of the last concert. These recordings were released in a box by Erato in 2020.
The quartet will indeed present the complete Beethoven cycle in 2020 for their 20th anniversary as well as for 250th jubilee of the composer in concert halls including Carnegie Hall New York, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Concertgebouw Brugge, the Philharmonie de Paris and at the Verbier Festival.

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Festival Performances Year 2020

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 13 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight" (1801)
Paul Lewis (piano)

Beethoven: Bagatelle in E-flat major, Op. 126 No. 3 (1823-1824)
Leif Ove Andsnes (fortepiano)

Beethoven: Sonatina WoO 43 No. 1 in C minor (1796)
Avi Avital (mandolin), Leif Ove Andsnes (fortepiano)

Beethoven: Folk songs
Christiane Karg (soprano), Alina Ibragimova (violin), Christian Poltéra (cello), Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano)

INTERVAL

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59 No. 1 (1806)
Quatuor Ébène

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 (1810)
Quatuor Ébène

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96 (1812)
Alina Ibragimova (violin), Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano)

INTERVAL

Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 (1811)
Guro Kleven Hagen (violin), Jakob Koranyi (cello), Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 18 No. 3 (1798 - 1800)
Quatuor Ébène

Beethoven: Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20 (1799 - 1800)
Guro Kleven Hagen (violin), Henninge Landaas (viola), Jakob Koranyi (cello), Karol Ciesluk (double bass), Björn Nyman (clarinet), Per Hannisdal (bassoon), Ragnhild Lothe (horn)

Toru Takemitsu: Paths (in memoriam Witold Lutosławski) (1994)
Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet)

Beethoven: Große Fuge Op. 134 for piano four hands (1825)
Víkingur Ólafsson (piano), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

J. S. Bach transc. György Kurtág: 3 Chorale Preludes
Víkingur Ólafsson (piano), Jonathan Biss (piano)

Hindemith: Trumpet Sonata (1939)
Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

INTERVAL

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131 (1826)
Quatuor Ébène