This concert is being held in conjunction with the Kazakhstan Growth Forum meeting in London between 15 and 17 June 2010 (www.adamsmithconferences.com/en/ykc005/default.php).
String Quartets and Piano Trios are the predominant formats of chamber music but this concert brings together two of the foremost exponents of both these genres in a programme featuring arguably the most beautiful and romantic of the somewhat rarer combinations of Piano Quartet and Piano Quintet. The enormously melodic and vibrant Piano Quintet is being performed just ten days after the 200th anniversary of Robert Schumann’s birth.
Born in Kazakhstan, Eleonora Bekova is the pianist of the legendary Bekova Piano Trio who have recorded and broadcast extensively and performed worldwide. As an independent chamber musician she has appeared in the major concert halls of most great cities and has performed concerti with orchestras such as the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic.
Eleonora features on some 30 recordings, mostly on the Chanos label. As a promoter of new music, she has been the dedicatee and first performer of works by Steven Gerber, Sergey Zhukhov, Michael Finnessey and the Kazakh composer TimurTleukhan.
In recent years she has done much to promote Britsh-Kazakh cultural relations through founding the Kazakh Gala which will be in its seventh edition in December 2010 including the Kazakh Arts Festival.
The Chilingirian Quartet is one of the world’s most celebrated and widely-traveled ensembles, renowned for its thrilling interpretations of the great quartets and commanding performances of the contemporary repertoire. The Quartet is composed of Levon Chilingirian (violin), Philip De Groote(cello), Ronald Birks (violin), and Susie Mészáros (viola).
It was in London in 1971 that four prizewinning musicians met and decided to dedicate themselves to chamber music. BBC and World Service broadcasts of the Chilingirian Quartet were soon followed by invitations to the Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, and Bath festivals, and to the most important cities throughout Europe. In 1976, a triumphant debut in New York made the Chilingirians a sought-after group throughout the United States. The Quartet has since made over 15 coast-to-coast tours of the USA and Canada. Extensive tours of Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa, and the Far East make the Quartet equally well known around the world. In 1988, the group became the first-ever Quartet-in-Residence at the Royal College of Music, where it continues to offer master classes to many of the world’s most promising young musicians and now works extensively with El Sistema in Venezuela.
The Quartet has built an extensive and critically-acclaimed discography of works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Bartok, Dvorak, and other major composers. They have released groundbreaking recordings of masterworks by contemporary composers such as Michael Tippett, John Tavener, Hugh Wood, and Michael Berkeley. The Chilingirians have also appeared extensively on TV and radio programs around the world, including an ongoing series of broadcasts for the BBC.
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