As individuals, the members of this Dutch wind quintet are all orchestral players in the Netherlands, but they enjoy playing the more intimate chamber music wind repertoire, which they love. Their performance of “Peter and the Wolf” on Sunday afternoon, with, of course, a narrator, should be a lively and enjoyable event for all ages. Their Monday concert will provide us with a wide variety of the wind quintet repertoire, and should be a real treat for Aberdeen music lovers.
Here we see two of the ensemble during a previous performance of Peter and the Wolf
Founded in 2012 in Paris, this quartet recently won the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition along with the associated Best Beethoven and Best Haydn Prizes. The quartet has also gained first prize at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in Norway. Now an established presence in major international venues, including Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Wigmore Hall in London, and in Heidelberg, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence and in Denmark and Norway, they are currently BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists.
The Kapten Trio is made up of three outstanding graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Estonian Academy of Music and Oxford University. As post graduates at the Glasgow Conservatoire, they formed the trio in 2011 and were chosen as Young Artists in Residence, receiving coaching from Susan Tomes, Ilya Gringolts and Harald Herzl. Since then they have developed a reputation as one of the top piano trios in the country, known for their energetic, passionate and exciting performances across the UK and further afield.
“One of the most exciting ensembles to have emerged from the Royal Conservatoire in recent years” (Andy Saunders, Artistic Director at the Cottier Chamber Project)
Named after the 19th Century ‘cellist, Alfredo Piatti, the quartet won joint second prize at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in 2015. They have gained many other awards, and are always seeking to expand the quartet repertoire by commissioning new works from several British composers. The Joseph Phibbs Quartet no. 1, which they will play at this concert, was commissioned by them with financial support from the Britten Pears Trust and the Ralph Vaughan Williams trust.
We are delighted to welcome back the Carducci Quartet, recognised as one of today’s most successful quartets. They give over 90 concerts each year worldwide, and run their own annual festival at Higham, Gloucester, and in 2014 curated their own Carducci festival in Castagneto-Carducci, the town from which they took their name. 2015 saw the quartet perform a cycle of all Shostakovich’s quartets at various venues, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the composer’s death.
“High octane playing, balanced control, with devil-may-care spontaneity” (Guardian)
This concert will be a great finale to a memorable season.