The Belcea Quartet has gained an enviable reputation as one of the leading quartets of
its generation. The ensemble was established at the Royal College of Music in 1994 and is
the quartet-in-residence at both London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the
Vienna Konzerthaus, where it shares the position with the Artemis Quartet.
The Belcea Quartet has an impressive discography. During its long-term association
with EMI Classics, the quartet recorded the complete Britten and Bartók quartets, as well
as works by Schubert, Brahms, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel, and Dutilleux, among others. In 2012
and 2013, the quartet recorded the complete Beethoven string quartets live in the Benjamin
Britten Studio in Snape, England. This recording was released under the quartet's new
label, Zig-Zag Territoires. As with its predecessors, this CD has been met with critical
acclaim, and it received the ECHO Klassik Award.
The Belcea Quartet's performances of the complete Beethoven string quartets at
Vienna's Konzerthaus were filmed in May 2012 and will be released on Blu-ray this fall.
This release will be accompanied by Jean-Claude Mocik's documentary of the entire project,
Looking for Beethoven.
In the 2014-2015 season, the Belcea Quartet continues its high-profile engagements
in the world's leading concert halls, including London's Wigmore Hall and Vienna's
Konzerthaus. In December 2014, the quartet will give the world premiere of Mark-Anthony
Turnage's new work Contusion. Fall 2015 will mark the beginning of the quartet's