Forthcoming Concerts

Tuesday 13 October 2015, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre


Corina Belcea-Fisher, violin

Axel Schacher, violin

Krzysztof Chorzelski, viola

Antoine Lederlin, cello


Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131
Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

Established in 1994, the Belcea Quartet is now established as one of the leading quartets in the world. They consistently receive critical acclaim for their performances and possess an impressive and wide-ranging discography.  Their most recent release, a double disc of the late Schubert Quartets and the String Quintet with Valentin Erben for EMI, was nominated for a Gramophone Award.

The Belcea Quartet won the Gramophone Award for best debut recording in 2001.  Their discography for EMI includes Brahms’ String Quartet Op. 51 No.1 and second String Quintet with Thomas Kakuska; Fauré’s La Bonne Chanson with Ian Bostridge; Schubert’s Trout Quintet with Thomas Adès and Corin Long; a double disc of Britten’s string quartets, which won a MIDEM Cannes Award; Mozart’s ‘Dissonance’ and ‘Hoffmeister’ quartets; and the complete Bartók quartets, for which the Quartet was awarded the title Chamber Music Ensemble of the Year by Germany's prestigious Echo Klassik Awards and nominated for a 2008 Gramophone Award. 


Austrian pianist Till Fellners international career was launched in 1993 when he won First Prize at the renowned Clara Haskil Competition in Vevey, Switzerland. Over a period of more than two decades, he has become a sought-after guest with many of the world’s most important orchestras and at the major music centres of Europe, USA and Japan, as well as numerous festivals. In the past few years he has dedicated himself to two milestones of the piano repertoire: the forty-eight preludes and fugues that comprise the Well-Tempered Clavier of Johann Sebastian Bach and the thirty-two piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven. 

Till Fellner has also collaborated with Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Charles Mackerras, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, among many others. The Belcea Quartet has invited him to celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2015 with performances of Brahms’ piano quintet in major cities throughout Europe and a subsequent recording.



Tuesday 1 December 2015, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre


Generously sponsored by Mr Fred Shahrabani

Vineta Sareika, violin

Gregor Sigl, viola

Eckart Runge, cello

Markus Groh, piano

Partita in Memoriam Friedemann Weigle
Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op. 47
Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60

The Berlin-based Artemis Quartet was founded in 1989 at the Musikhochschule Lübeck, and is recognised today as one of the foremost quartets in the world. Since its successful debut at the Berlin Philharmonie in 1999, the quartet has performed in all the great music centres and at international festivals in Europe, the USA, Japan, South America and Australia. In 2003, the Beethoven-Haus Society awarded the Artemis Quartet an honorary membership in recognition of its interpretations of Beethoven's works. Their 'Beethoven Complete' project was awarded the prestigious French Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros. 

The Artemis Quartet has had an exclusive recording contract with Warner/Erato (formerly Virgin Classics/EMI) since 2005 and can boast of an extensive discography. Their recordings have been recognized with the prestigious Gramophone Award as well as the Diapason d’Or and the ECHO-Klassik (twice). Their latest recording of Mendelssohn’s works was released in the spring of 2014. 

Pianist Markus Groh gained immediate world attention after winning the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in 1995, a competition that includes among its previous winners Vladimir Ashkenazy and Dame Mitsuko Uchida. Since then his remarkable musical imagination and astonishing technique have confirmed his place among the finest pianists in the world.  He has performed with the Bamberg Symphony, Beijing Symphony, Berlin Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Hague Residentie Orkest, Helsinki Philharmonic, London Symphony, Orchestra of the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Mozarteum Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Osaka Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, and the Warsaw Philharmonic.

Among the conductors with whom he has collaborated are Jesus Lopez Cobos, Ivan Fischer, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Hans Graf, Marek Janowski, Neeme Järvi, Christoph König, Fabio Luisi, Juanjo Mena, Ludovic Morlot, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott, and Stefan Sanderling.


Friday 18 December 2015, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre


Dame Mitsuko Uchida is Visiting Fellow in Chamber Music at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, in the academic year 2015-16

Piano Sonata, Op. 1
Four Impromptus, D. 899 (Op. 90)
Rondo in A minor, K. 511
Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 11

Legendary pianist Mitsuko Uchida brings a deep insight into the music she plays through her own quest for truth and beauty. Renowned for her interpretations of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven, she has also illuminated the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Webern and Boulez for a new generation of listeners.

Highlights this season include a performance with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski at the BBC Proms, the Berlin Philharmonic with Simon Rattle, as well as play-directing Mozart concerti with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, with whom she will return to the Salzburg Mozartwoche. Since 2011 Uchida has been recording Mozart’s Piano Concerti with the Cleveland Orchestra live in concert and directing from the piano. The first release won a Grammy Award in 2011. The latest release (August 2014) features piano concerti K. 456 and K. 459, and Uchida will record the next instalment in 2016. Her recording of the Schoenberg Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and the Cleveland Orchestra won four awards, including The Gramophone Award for Best Concerto.



Friday 22 January 2016, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre


Suite in G for solo cello, BWV 1007
Sonata in A, Op. 69
Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Jean-Guihen Queyras is one of the finest cellists performing today. His recordings of the complete Suites for solo cello by Bach are widely regarded as the best since Pablo Casals's recordings in the 1930s. As a soloist, he has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the Philharmonia, Orchestre de Paris, Philadelphia, Tonhalle Zürich, Leipzig Gewandhaus, among others, and he and is a regular soloist with several early music ensembles such as Freiburg Baroque. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in New York in March 2004 and his BBC Proms debut - to unanimous acclaim - in 2008.

Alexander Melnikov graduated from the Moscow Conservatory and his career was much influenced by an early encounter with Sviatoslav Richter, who thereafter regularly invited him to festivals in Russia and France. As a soloist, Melnikov has performed with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Philadelphia Orchestra, among others, and under conductors such as Mikhail Pletnev, Charles Dutoit, and Valery Gergiev.  His recording of the complete Preludes and Fugues by Shostakovich was named by the BBC Music Magazine as one of the '50 Greatest Recordings of All Time'.  His superlative recording of the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra was a Gramophone 'Editor's Choice' for 2015.



Thursday 28 January 2016, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre


Generously sponsored by Mr Dilip Chandra

Joseph Lin, violin

Ronald Copes, violin

Roger Tapping, viola

Joel Krosnick, cello

Quartet in C major, KV 465, 'Dissonance Quartet'
Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
Quartet in F major, Op. 135

The Juilliard String Quartet is one of the most celebrated of all chamber music ensembles. Founded in 1946, the Juilliard String Quartet was the first ensemble to play all six Bartok quartets in the United States, and its performances of Schoenberg’s quartets helped establish the works as cornerstones of the modern string quartet literature. The Quartet’s recordings of the Bartok and Schoenberg Quartets, as well as those of Debussy, Ravel and Beethoven won Grammy Awards, and in 2011 the Quartet became the first classical music ensemble to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 2014 Sony Classical reissued the Quartet’s landmark recordings of the first four Elliott Carter String Quartets together with the recently recorded Carter Quartet No. 5, making a complete historical document.

For nearly seven decades, the Quartet has made manifest the credo of its founders to ‘play new works as if they were established masterpieces and established masterpieces as if they were new’. The Quartet’s diverse repertoire for the current season includes works by Haydn, Webern, Martinu, Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Elgar, as well as Schubert’s 'Death and the Maiden' and Shulamit Ran’s Quartet no. 2, 'Vistas'. Devoted master teachers, the members of the Juilliard Quartet offer classes and open rehearsals when on tour. At the Juilliard School, where they are the String Quartet in Residence, all are sought-after members of the string and chamber music faculty. 



Tuesday 16 February 2016, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre


Sonata in F, Op. 24 'Spring Sonata'
Richard Strauss
Sonata in E-flat, Op. 18

The Austrian-Hungarian violinist Christoph Koncz made his North American debut with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit at age 12, followed by appearances on tour and in concert with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the New European Strings Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dmitry Sitkovetsky, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gábor Tákacs-Nagy and the renowned Academy of St Martin in the Fields. His concert activities have led him to numerous countries in Europe and to the Middle East, to Asia and Australia, as well as North and South America. In January 2016, he performs the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante K. 364 with Les Musiciens du Louvre, under Marc Minkowski, as part of the Salzburg Mozart Week. He performs frequently with his older brother, cellist Stephan Koncz. Further musical partners include Leonidas Kavakos, Julian Rachlin, Kim Kashkashian (viola), Gautier Capuçon, Gary Hoffman (cello), Franco Petracchi (double bass) and Francesco Piemontesi (piano). In 1997, Christoph Koncz played a leading role in the Canadian production of "The Red Violin", which won an Academy Award for Best Score. Christoph Koncz performs on a 1762 Giuseppe Gagliano.

Born in Belgrade in 1968, Aleksandar Madzar first studied piano with Gordana Matinovic, Arbo Valdma and Eliso Virsaladze in Belgrade and Moscow, then with Edouard Mirzoian at the Strasbourg Conservatory and in Brussels with Daniel Blumenthal. In Europe he regularly gives recitals in London’s Wigmore, Milan’s Conservatorio Giuspeppe Verdi, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw halls whilst maintaining close duo partnerships with violinist Ilya Gringolts, and soprano Juliana Banse. He is a regular guest artist at the festivals of Bad Kissingen, Schleswig Holstein, the Ivo Pogorelich Festival at Bad Wörishofen, Klavier Festival Ruhr, Davos, Roque d’Antheron, Salzburg, Sintra and Aldeburgh. A regular concerto soloist, he has worked with conductors of the calibre of Paavo Berglund, Ivan Fischer, Paavo Järvi, Carlos Kalmar, Libor Pešek, André Previn, Andris Nelsons and the late Marcello Viotti.



Saturday 27 February 2016, 7:30pm
Trinity College Chapel Cambridge

THE DUNEDIN CONSORT, directed by JOHN BUTT Sophie Bevan, soprano Ÿ Cecilia Bernardini, violin Pamela Thorby, recorder

Please note this concert takes place in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

Cantata ‘Falsche Welt’, BWV 52
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G, BWV 1049
Cantata ‘Alpestre Monte’, HWV 81
Concerto Grosso in B-flat, Op. 3 No. 2
Gloria, HWV deest

Dunedin Consort takes its name from Edinburgh’s castle (Din Eidyn) and, like the famous landmark, has great cultural significance in Scotland’s capital city and beyond. Founded by Susan Hamilton and Ben Parry, the Dunedin Consort, under the musical direction of John Butt, has consolidated its existing strength in the Baroque repertoire, winning the 2008 Midem Baroque Award and the 2007 Gramophone Award for Best Baroque Vocal Album (for its recording of the original Dublin version of Handel’s Messiah).

John Butts conducting engagements with the Dunedin Consort (2003 –) have included major Baroque repertory and several new commissions. He has been guest conductor with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The English Concert, The Irish Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, The Royal Academy of Music Bach Cantata series, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Baroque Orchestra and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. John Butt also continues to be active as a solo organist and harpsichordist. Eleven recordings on organ, harpsichord and clavichord have been released by Harmonia Mundi.