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Chiaroscuro Quartet opens the Chamber Season posted 20 Sep 2018

Chiaroscuro Quartet opens the Chamber Season

Described as ‘Immaculate and spirited’ (The Guardian), Chiaroscuro Quartet opens Schubert and Friends: Leeds International Chamber Season 2018/19 at The Venue, Leeds College of Music on Tuesday 9 October 2018.

Part of a series of six concerts all taking place on Tuesday nights at The Venue, Chiaroscuro Quartet is joined by award-winning clarinettist Katherine Spencer, Peter Whelan (bassoon), Richard Bayliss (horn) and Luis Cabrera (double bass) in a performance of Schubert’s masterpiece, Octet. The Octet was commissioned by Ferdinand Troyer, a renowned amateur clarinettist, and as a result there is particular beautiful and prominent writing for the clarinet throughout the Octet. The Chiaroscuro Quartet and Katherine Spencer (clarinet) will also perform Mozart’s lyrical Clarinet Quintet which is regarded by many as one of his best-loved chamber works. 

Formed in 2005, the Chiaroscuro Quartet comprises of violinists Alina Ibragimova (Russia) and Pablo Hernán Benedí (Spain), the Swedish violist Emilie Hörnlund and cellist Claire Thirion from France. Dubbed “a trailblazer for the authentic performance of High Classical chamber music’” (Gramophone), this international ensemble performs music of the Classical and early Romantic periods on gut strings and with historical bows. The quartet’s unique sound – described as “a shock to the ears of the best kind” (The Observer) – is highly acclaimed by audiences and critics all over Europe. Recent engagements include its enthusiastically received debut concerts at Vienna Konzerthaus and Philharmonie Warsaw. 

Curated by pianist Sam Haywood, Leeds International Chamber Season 2018/19 focuses on the music of Schubert and his contemporaries. Highlights of the season include two of the country’s most distinguished string players, Jack Liebeck (violin) and Guy Johnston (cello), perform music by Schubert and Mendelssohn alongside critically acclaimed pianist, Sam Haywood (13 Nov). Irish soprano Ailish Tynan performs some of Schubert’s most famous songs, including Ave Maria and Night and Dreams, joined by Katherine Spencer (clarinet) and Sam Haywood (piano) (11 Dec). One of the leading ensembles of its generation, Elias Quartet performs Schubert’s sublime String Quintet (The Trout) alongside virtuosic musicians Chi-Chi Nwanoku (double bass) and Sam Haywood (piano). The season concludes with the leader of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, violinist Rainer Honeck and pianist Sam Haywood performing Schubert’s epic Fantasy In C major (19 Mar 19).   

Sam Haywood Artistic Director of Leeds International Chamber Season 2018/19, said:
“What a great pleasure and privilege to have the opportunity to programme a series of concerts around the music of Schubert. For me, Schubert’s chamber music conveys a range of emotion equally only to Beethoven. I hope that there will be something in the series for everybody, and that the performances will resonate with you for a long time to come.” 

Tickets for Chiaroscuro Quartet and the other concerts as part of Schubert and Friends: Leeds International Chamber Season 2018/19 are priced at £21 and £19 (concessions available) and can be purchased from the City Centre Box Office on 0113 376 0318 or book online

Book for the Chiaroscuro Quartet at The Venue, Leeds College of Music on Tuesday 9 October.

View the Leeds International Chamber Season 2018/19 brochure online.