BELCEA QUARTET and TILL FELLNER, piano
Corina Belcea-Fisher, violin
Axel Schacher, violin
Krzysztof Chorzelski, viola
Antoine Lederlin, cello
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 Fellner’s 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.