A marathon festival
of chamber music
“Beethoven’s String Quartets – A marathon festival of chamber music” proposes a series of four concerts held in four consecutive days. These concerts will be focused on capturing a significant part of the Beethoven’s work written for string quartets.
The artistic production will reunite the creative energy of two top quartets in Romania: Brassai Quartet of the Hungarian Opera from Cluj-Napoca and internationally renowned Arcadia Quartet from Cluj-Napoca.
The project is endorsed by The City Hall and Local Council of Cluj-Napoca which have granted over 60% of the funding for this project as a result of being a winning initiative in the cultural projects section.
This special event celebrates 250 years from the birth of classical music’s titan Ludwig van Beethoven and it can be followed by melomaniacs online, in the Program section of this platform, between 21st-24th of November. All four concerts are starting at 7 PM(GMT +2, Bucharest Time).
The schedule is available at the organiser’s platform ww.albertpike.ro.
Ana Török – violin I
Răsvan Dumitru – violin II
Traian Boală – viola
Török Zsolt – cello
Winners of the 2014 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, the 2012 Wigmore Hall London International String Quartet Competition, the 2011 Almere International Chamber Music Competition and the International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg in 2009, the Arcadia Quartet is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most exciting string quartets of their generation.
Formed in 2006 while students at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Romania, the quartet finished their postgraduate studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and became the Alumni members of the European Chamber Music Academy, while they have performed across the world including performances at the Budapest Spring Festival, the International George Enescu Festival (Bucharest), Cité international des arts (Paris), Alte Oper Frankfurt, Pollack Hall (Montreal), The Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Wigmore Hall (London), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Izumi Hall (Osaka), Musikverein (Vienna), Aldeburgh Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin, North Norfolk Music Festival, Romanian Athenaeum, Q’arto Mondi Festival (Poznań), Salle Gaveau (Paris), Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Kammermusiktage Mettlach, Zeist Music Days Festival in The Netherlands, throughout the United Kingdom, in Portugal, in Tel-Aviv and in Beijing. The Quartet made their BBC Radio 3 debut with a broadcast concert from the Wigmore Hall in March 2015, and in April 2015 were invited to become the Quartet-in-Residence at the prestigious Tinerimea Română National Art Centre in Bucharest, playing six concerts a year broadcast by the Romanian Broadcasting Company. Over the years the Quartet have collaborated with many internationally renown artists such as Marin Cazacu, Diana Ligeti, Amit Peled, Remus Azoiței, Sarah Chang, Robert Levin, János Bálint, Seiya Ueno, Ad Libitum Quartet, Con Tempo Quartet, Belcea Quartet, etc.
Barabás Sándor – violin I
Balogh András – violin II
Botár András – viola
Kostyák Előd – cello
The quartet’s members are the Concert Master and leaders of the Hungarian Opera from Cluj-Napoca.
As the musical ties of the last Transylvanian erudite, Sámuel Brassai, are less well known to the public and in the spirit of paying a tribute to this outstanding character who had a significant impact on the culture of Cluj-Napoca, the quartet proudly carries his name.
Brassai’ spirit is even one step closer and it can almost be felt as the cellist Előd Kostyák inherited what is believed to be a cello which was Brassai’s property and build by famous luthier Christian Neubauer in 1835.
Brassai Quartet was born as a request from Bartók Plusz festival in 2016. The members, top chamber musicians are also reputable representatives of the Transylvanian String School which produced renowned names such as Ştefan Ruha, András Ágoston sau János Selmeczi.
Molnár Tibor – violin I
Lokodi Károly – violin II
Molnár József – viola
Zágoni Előd – cello
The Tiberius Quartet was founded in 1994 at the Academy of Music in Cluj, Romania under the guidance of Sandor Devich (of the Bartók Quartet). Since 2007 the Tiberius Quartet has been the State String Quartet of the Targu Mures Philharmonic Orchestra, playing thirty concerts each season. The Quartet has played throughout Europe (including at the Concertgebouw, Tonhalle and other major venues) and in Japan, focusing mostly on the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms and Schubert.
The Quartet attended many masterclasses including the International Bartók Seminar (Szombathely, Hungary), the Internationale Sommerakademie Prag-Wien-Budapest (Reichenau, Austria), the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies (Aldeburgh, England), and the Orlando Festival (Netherlands) where they met Madame Isabelle Bensa (organizer of the string quartet competition in Bordeaux-ex Evian) who recommended the Tiberius Quartet to the Amadeus Summer Course in London (masterclass with members of the Amadeus Quartet), which they attended four times. Later the Quartet twice attended the Chilingirian Quartet’s masterclass at West Dean Castle, and were invited by Norbert Brainin (leader of the Amadeus Quartet) to his personal masterclasses in Asolo, as well as working privately with Martin Lovett, cellist of the Amadeus.
The Tiberius Quartet had masterclasses at the Liszt Ferenc Academy in Budapest with the Bartók Quartet, and at the Dutch String Quartet Academy in Amsterdam, completed with the highest possible citations, with the continuous support of Stefan Metz. The Quartet won the Erste Wiener Klassik Preis in Reichenau, Austria with Norbert Brainin, Sigmund Nissel, Sandor Devich, Gunter Pichler and Milan Skampa all on the jury. Recently the Tiberius has been coached by Jerry Horner, retired violist of the Fine Arts Quartet.