We first heard the Arditti Quartet in 1992 on our stage. March 20th will mark their 6th concert for our audience. A co-production with New Music Concerts, the evening will also feature a pre-concert lobby chat and our own Jeffrey Ryan chatting from the stage between pieces. The evening will include:
String Quartet No. 5 (1995) by Elliot Carter; Quartet No. 2, Cuerdas del Destino (2008) by Hilda Paredes; Dum Transisset I-IV (2006-07) by Brian Ferneyhough; Grido (2000-01) by Helmut Lachenmann.
The Arditti was founded in 1974 by Irvine Arditti (violin) while he was studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Current members include Ashot Sarkissjan (violin), Ralf Ehlers (viola), and Lucas Fels (cello). A force of nature in the contemporary music world, the quartet tours, teaches, and records. There are over 190 CDs recorded by the Arditti as a quartet!
Commissions also feature prominently in the life of the Arditti. Over the years numerous new works have been written for the quartet. The Arditti collaborates closely with composers on their commissions. The list of world premieres by composers is long – Ades, Birtwistle, Britten, Cage, Carter, Denisov, Fedele, Ferneyhough, Kagel, Kurtag, Lachenmann, Manoury, Nancarrow, Scelsi, Sciarrino, Stockhausen – to name just a few.
To learn more about the Arditti, visit their website at http://www.ownvoice.com/ardittiquartet/