Vancouver New Music presents Quartetti - A Festival of String Quartets
Showcasing seven world-class string quartets.
Quartetto Noûs (Italy)
Quartetto Noûs, formed in 2011, has established itself in a short time as one of the most interesting chamber music ensembles of its generation. Its immersive performances are the result of a professional training where the Italian tradition and the most influential European schools are combined. Versatility and interpretative originality permeate the quartet’s repertoire, and attention to the new compositional languages drive them to experiment with innovative concert formats, such as performing by heart in complete darkness. In 2015 Noûs received the Arthur Rubinstein – Una Vita nella Musica 2015 Award “for establishing itself in a mere few years as one of the most promising Italian chamber music groups”.
Mivos Quartet (US)
The Mivos Quartet, “one of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” (The Chicago Reader), is devoted to performing works of contemporary composers and presenting new music to diverse audiences. Since the quartet’s beginnings in 2008, they have performed and closely collaborated with an ever-expanding group of international composers representing multiple aesthetics of contemporary classical composition.
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.