Vancouver New Music presents Quartetti - A Festival of String Quartets
Showcasing seven world-class string quartets.
Quartetto Maurice (Italy)
Winner of XXV Music critics Award Franco Abbiati in 2015, and of the Best Interpreters’ Award at Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik in Darmstadt in 2016, the Quartetto Maurice was founded in 2002 and focuses its artistic experience on 20th century and contemporary music. The quartet has performed throughout Italy and abroad, in a number of prestigious venues including the Venice Biennale, November Music Festival in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Biennale Zagreb, and the Festival Mixtur in Barcelona.
Penderecki Quartet (Kitchener-Waterloo)
Celebrating their 31st anniversary, the Penderecki String Quartet began their career as winners of the Penderecki Prize at the National Chamber Music Competition in Łódz, Poland in 1986. Now based in Waterloo, Ontario where they have been Quartet-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University since 1991, the Penderecki String Quartet has become one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of their generation. The four Penderecki musicians bring their varied yet collective experience to create performances that demonstrate their “remarkable range of technical excellence and emotional sweep” (Toronto, Globe and Mail).
Black Dog Quartet (Vancouver)
Formed in 2007, the Black Dog String Quartet is comprised of some of Vancouver’s finest young musicians. The group has appeared on the recordings of artists such as 54-40, Marianas Trench, Bleeding Through, and many others. Their solid classical background, high skill level, and collective open-mindedness set the Black Dog String Quartet apart as one of Vancouver’s most unique and versatile ensembles.
In advance of the festival, Navajo composer and performer Raven Chacon will lead a week-long composition workshop with local Indigenous youths. Pieces created as part of this workshop will be premiered by Black Dog Quartet on Friday and Saturday nights.