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Friday 22 November 2013, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre


Generously sponsored by Sir Ralph Kohn FRS
Suite no. 3 in C, BWV 1009
Sonata in A minor, ‘Arpeggione’, D. 821
Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

One of the most versatile and original Cellists of his generation, Adrian Brendel has travelled the world as soloist, collaborator and teacher. His early immersion in the core classical repertoire inspired an enduring fascination that has led to encounters with many fine musicians at the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls. His discovery of contemporary music through the works of Kurtag, Kagel and Ligeti in his teenage years opened a new and vital avenue that he continues to explore with huge enthusiasm alongside his passion for jazz and world music.

Recognized worldwide as a pianist of virtuosity and poetic poise, Imogen Cooper has established a reputation as one of the finest interpreters of the classical repertoire.

Imogen Cooper has a widespread international career and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony and NHK Symphony Orchestras. She has also undertaken tours with the Camerata Salzburg, Australian and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras. Imogen Cooper has played with all the major British orchestras and has particularly close relationships with the Northern Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia, play/directing. Her recital appearances have included New York, Chicago, Paris, Vienna, Prague and London.

Saturday 12 October 2013, 7:00pm
Peterhouse Theatre


Generously sponsored by Mr Fred Shahrabani
Sonata in C major, K. 545, 'Für Anfänger'
Sonata in A minor, K. 310
Suite for Keyboard in C major, K. 399
Sonata in A major, K. 331, 'Alla Turca'

Bezuidenhout first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize as well as the audience prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition.

Bezuidenhout now divides his time between concerto, recital and chamber music engagements, appearing in the early music festivals of Barcelona, Boston, Bruges, Innsbruck, St. Petersburg, Venice and Utrecht; the festivals of Salzburg, Edinburgh, Schleswig Holstein, Tangelwood and Luzern and Mostly Mozart Lincoln Center, and at many of the world’s most important concert halls including the Berlin and Köln Philharmonie, Suntory Hall, Theatre des Champs Elysées, Symphony Hall, Konzerthaus Vienna, Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall.

Since 2009, Bezuidenhout has embarked on a long-term recording relationship with Harmonia Mundi. Recent recordings include Volumes 1, 2 & 3 of the complete keyboard music of Mozart (prizes include Diapason D'or, a Caecilia Prize, and Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik); Mendelssohn piano concertos with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Schumann Dichterliebe with Mark Padmore (both won Edison Awards). His recording of Beethoven violin sonatas with Viktoria Mullova (ONYX label) won an Echo Award for the best chamber music album of 2011. A disc of Mozart Piano Concertos (K. 453 & 482) with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra was released in November, 2012.

Wednesday 13 March 2013, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre


Generously sponsored by Mr Dilip Chandra
Sonata in E, Op. 109
Sonata in A flat, Op. 110
Sonata in C minor, Op. 111

Please note that there will be not interval in this concert.

András Schiff is world-renowned and critically acclaimed as a pianist, conductor, pedagogue and lecturer. Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1953, Mr. Schiff started piano lessons at age five with Elisabeth Vadász. He continued his musical studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy with Professor Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados, and in London with George Malcolm.

Recognized for touring the globe with large-scale and concentrated studies of the major keyboard works, András Schiff’s special recitals of J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann and Bartók form an important part of every concert season. In 2004 he embarked on an astonishing journey of the 32 Beethoven piano sonatas and to date has performed the complete cycle in 20 cities. The Beethoven cycle was recorded live for ECM in the Zurich Tonhalle and released in eight volumes.

Indisputably one of the most prominent proponents of the keyboard works of J.S. Bach, Mr. Schiff has long proclaimed that Bach stands at the core of his music making. In October 2012, April 2013 and October 2013 András Schiff will embark on The Bach Project in North America, comprising six Bach recitals and a week of orchestral music of Bach, Schumann and Mendelssohn with Mr. Schiff at the piano and on the podium. The complete Project will visit Symphony Hall supported by the San Francisco Symphony, Disney Hall, supported by the LA Phil and New York City in partnership between the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, 92Y and Great Performers at Lincoln Center. Individual recitals will be presented in Vancouver, Seattle, Washington, DC, Chicago, Santa Barbara, Chapel Hill, Ann Arbor, Boston and Toronto.

Saturday 23 February 2013, 2:00pm
Peterhouse Theatre


Edward Dusinberre, violin
Károly Schranz, violin
Geraldine Walther, viola
András Fejér, violoncello

Quartet in C minor, Op 51 no. 1
Quartet in D, Op 76 no. 5
Quartet in A minor, Op 51 no. 2

Recognised as one of the world's great ensembles, the Takács Quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire.

In 2012, Gramophone announced that the Takács was the only string quartet to be inducted into its first Hall of Fame, along with such legendary artists as Jascha Heifetz, Leonard Bernstein and Dame Janet Baker. The ensemble also won the 2011 Award for Chamber Music and Song presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London. Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, the Takács Quartet performs ninety concerts a year worldwide, throughout Europe as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.

The members of the Takács Quartet are Christoffersen Faculty Fellows at the University of Colorado Boulder. They have helped to develop a string program with a special emphasis on chamber music, where students work in a nurturing environment designed to help them develop their artistry. The Quartet's commitment to teaching is enhanced by summer residencies at the Aspen Festival and at the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara. They are also Visiting Quartet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

The Takács Quartet was formed in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest by Gabor Takács-Nagy, Károly Schranz, Gabor Ormai and András Fejér, while all four were students. It first received international attention in 1977, winning First Prize and the Critics' Prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. The Quartet also won the Gold Medal at the 1978 Portsmouth and Bordeaux Competitions and First Prizes at the Budapest International String Quartet Competition in 1978 and the Bratislava Competition in 1981. The Quartet made its North American debut tour in 1982. Violinist Edward Dusinberre joined the Quartet in 1993 and violist Roger Tapping in 1995. Violist Geraldine Walther replaced Mr. Tapping in 2005. In 2001 the Quartet was awarded the Order of Merit of the Knight's Cross of the Republic of Hungary, and in March of 2011 each member of the Quartet was awarded the Order of Merit Commander's Cross by the President of the Republic of Hungary.

Monday 28 January 2013, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre


Generously sponsored by Mr Fred Shahrabani

Lukas Hagen, violin
Rainer Schmidt, violin
Veronika Hagen, viola
Clemens Hagen, violoncello

Quartet in F, Op. 59 Nr. 1
Quartet in A minor, Op. 132

‘A grandiose summation – what is undoubtedly the world’s most famous quartet [...] celebrates its thirtieth birthday’: so wrote the Neue Züricher Zeitung at the opening of the 2011/12 season.

The Hagen Quartet celebrates its anniversary with the issue on its new label myrios classics of a brand-new recording of works by Mozart, Webern and Beethoven which has already been highly acclaimed by the international press. On this release, said the leading German magazine FonoForum, the ‘world-class ensemble [...], now in its thirtieth year of existence, has advanced still further’ in musical and interpretative terms. ‘Its new vision is breathtaking, and can become addictive. [...] The richness of colours and emotions is spellbinding.’

As it observes this significant birthday, the quartet remains as lively as ever. New proof of this comes with its selection in October 2011 for the prestigious ECHO Klassik award as Ensemble of the Year 2011.

The unprecedented three-decade career of the Hagen Quartet began in 1981. Its early years, marked by a series of prizes in chamber-music competitions and an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon that was to produce around forty-five CDs over the following twenty years, enabled the group to work its way through the virtually unlimited quartet repertoire from which the distinctive profile of the Hagens has emerged.

The next season, 2012/13, will be entirely devoted to complete Beethoven cycles, with performances of all the composer’s string quartets in the world’s largest and most important musical centres (New York, Tokyo, Paris, London, Vienna, Salzburg).