Part of: Chamber Sessions III
·· Alina Ibragimova, Violin
·· Pablo Hernán Benedí, Violin
·· Emilie Hörnlund, Viola
·· Claire Thirion, Cello
Kristian Bezuidenhout, Fortepiano
SCHUBERT String Quartet in D Minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden"
MOZART Piano Sonata in C Minor, K. 457
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414
Pre-concert talk at 6:30 PM: Members of the Chiaroscuro Quartet and Kristian Bezuidenhout in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Senior Director and Artistic Adviser, Carnegie Hall.
Alina Ibragimova, Violin | Pablo Hernán Benedí, Violin
Emilie Hörnlund, Viola | Claire Thirion, Cello
Formed in 2005, the Chiaroscuro Quartet comprises Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova, Spanish violinist Pablo Hernán Benedí, Swedish violist Emilie Hörnlund, and French cellist Claire Thirion. Dubbed “a trailblazer for the authentic performance of high Classical chamber music” by Gramophone, this international ensemble performs music of the Classical and early Romantic periods on gut strings and with historical bows. Its unique sound is highly acclaimed by audiences and critics all over Europe.
The growing discography of the Chiaroscuro Quartet includes recordings of music by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Haydn. The quartet was a prizewinner of the German Förderpreis Deutschlandfunk in 2013 and received Germany’s most prestigious CD award, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, in 2015 for its recording of Mozart and Mendelssohn. Among the ensemble’s chamber music partners are renowned artists such as Kristian Bezuidenhout, Trevor Pinnock, Jonathan Cohen, Nicolas Baldeyrou, Chen Halevi, Malcolm Bilson, and Christophe Coin.
Recent engagements included the Chiaroscuro Quartet’s enthusiastically received debut concerts at the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Philharmonie Warsaw. In April 2016, the quartet embarked on its first tour to Japan, playing concerts in Tokyo and Hyogo. Other performances have taken the ensemble to the Edinburgh International Festival, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional de Música, Grafenegg Festival (Austria), Sage Gateshead, Louvre Auditorium, Théâtre du Jeu de Paume (Aix-en-Provence), Grand Théâtre de Dijon, and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon.
In the 2018–2019 season, the Chiaroscuro Quartet gives various concerts in the UK, including an appearance at Wigmore Hall with Annelien Van Wauwe; returns to Japan; and is featured at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival. With Kristian Bezuidenhout, the ensemble performs in Southampton, Bristol, Madrid, Vienna, Montreal, Vancouver, New York, and Washington, DC. Its latest recordings for BIS Records feature two of Haydn’s Op. 20 quartets, and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” Quartet and String Quartet No. 9 in G Minor.
The members of the Chiaroscuro Quartet are grateful to Jumpstart Jr. Foundation for the kind loan of a violin by Andrea Amati from Cremona in 1570.
Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the harpsichord, fortepiano, and modern piano. Born in South Africa in 1979, he began his studies in Australia, completed them at the Eastman School of Music, and now lives in London. After initial training as a pianist with Rebecca Penneys, Mr. Bezuidenhout explored early keyboards, studying harpsichord with Arthur Haas, fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson, and continuo playing and performance practice with Paul O’Dette. He first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize and audience prize in the fortepiano competition at the annual Musica Antiqua Festival in Bruges, Belgium.
Mr. Bezuidenhout is a regular guest with the world’s leading ensembles, including the Freiburger Barockorchester, Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. From the keyboard, he has guest directed The English Concert, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Collegium Vocale Gent, Juilliard415, and the orchestra of the Kammerakademie Potsdam. He has also performed with celebrated artists who include Frans Brüggen, Trevor Pinnock, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust, Alina Ibragimova, Rachel Podger, Carolyn Sampson, Anne Sofie von Otter, and Matthias Goerne.
Mr. Bezuidenhout’s award-winning discography on Harmonia Mundi includes the complete keyboard music of Mozart, which was awarded the Diapason d’Or de l’Année, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, and Caecilia Prize; Mozart violin sonatas with Petra Müllejans; Mendelssohn and Mozart piano concertos with the Freiburger Barockorchester, the latter winning an ECHO Klassik award; Beethoven and Mozart lieder; and Schumann’s Dichterliebe with Mark Padmore. In 2013, he was nominated as Gramophone’s Artist of the Year.
In the 2018–2019 season, Mr. Bezuidenhout plays and directs programs with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Irish Baroque Orchestra, as well as the Freiburger Barockorchester (as an artistic director) and The English Concert (as principal guest director). As a soloist, he performs with The Cleveland Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, and Orchestre de Paris. Solo recitals and chamber music performances take him to Oxford, Madrid, Paris, Amsterdam, Zurich, Vienna, Montreal, Vancouver, New York, and Washington, DC.