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Thursday 15 February 2018, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre, Cambridge


Variations in F on ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’ from Mozart’s Zauberflöte, Op. 66
Sonata in A, Op. 69
Sonata in C, Op. 102, No. 1
Sonata in D, Op. 102, No. 2

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 the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. He plays a cello made by Gioffredo Cappa in 1696, on loan from Mécénat Musical Société Générale.

Alexander Melnikov is one of the most gifted and versatile pianists performing today. A virtuoso in the great Russian tradition, yet equally at home as a performer on early keyboard instruments, he 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, and the 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.

Friday 26 January 2018, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre, Cambridge


Generously sponsored by Mr Nigel Brown, OBE

Pierre Colombet          Violin  

Gabriel Le Magadure  Violin

Marie Chilemme         Viola

Raphaël Merlin           Cello


Quartet in D minor, K. 421*
Quartet in G, Op. 18 No. 2
Quartet in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 ‘Razumovsky’

*Please note change of programme.

During the last decade, the Quatuor Ébène has established itself as one the most innovative and adventurous of all quartets performing in the major concert halls of the world. With their charismatic playing, their fresh approach to tradition and their open-mindedness with new forms, the musicians have won a string of major prizes and regularly receive five-star reviews for their concerts.

In 2005, the ensemble won the Belmont Prize of the Forberg-Schneider Foundation, and since then, the Foundation has worked with the musicians to make it possible for them to play priceless instruments from private collections. Awards for their recordings include the ECHO Klassik Prize, the BBC Music Magazine Award and the Midem Classic Award. Recent projects have included, in autumn 2014, the 90th birthday concert in Paris for Menachem Pressler (who performed for Camerata Musica in October 2011). In 2015 and 2016 the quartet focused on the genre of the song, collaborating with Philippe Jaroussky for the CD Mélodies françaises, which won the BBC Music Magazine Award in 2016, and they have also released a Schubert CD with Matthias Goerne in the composer's Lieder. They have also released a critically acclaimed recording of the great Schubert Quintet in C with Gautier Capuçon.