The Dante Quartet was founded by Krysia Osostowicz in 1995, its name inspired by the idea of an epic journey. The quartet has appeared at all the major UK festivals, including the Ashbourne Festival a few years ago, as well as in many European countries, and has recently made its second tour of Japan. Recipient of many awards, including the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Chamber Music, the Diapaison d’Or and the BBC Music Magazine Award, the Dante Quartet has recorded several discs for Hyperion; including works by Kodaly, Smetana, Sibelius, Faure, Debussy and Ravel; and is currently recording Stanford’s complete quartets, many of them unpublished. Other current projects include a marathon weekend of all 15 Shostakovich string quartets and a series of performances of “Beethoven’s Quartet Journey” – an innovative Beethoven cycle performed in the presence of an actor playing the composer.
Also committed to teaching, the Dante Quartet held an extended residency at King’s College, Cambridge, and now gives annual chamber music courses in England and France. The quartet also runs its own thriving Dante Summer Festival in the Tamar Valley (www.dantefestival.org), attracting enthusiastic local audiences and visitors from all over the UK. These are truly great players who were very well received last time they played in Ashbourne.
The programme for its festival appearance is:
Haydn – Quartet op 76 no 5 in D
Szymanowski – Quartet no 2
Beethoven – Quartet in B flat op 130, with Grosse Fugue
This fine programme in the wonderful acoustic and atmosphere of St Oswald’s Church will be an evening to remember.
Click here to listen to the Dante Quartet appearing on BBC Radio 4’s with their new Beethoven project.
This event is sponsored by Nigel Davis Solicitors.
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