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Wihan Quartet

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Programme
 
Mozart String Quartet No. 15 in D minor K421
Smetana String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, “From my Life”
Beethoven String Quartet No. 7 in F Op. 59/1, “Rasumovsky”


Saturday 21 March 2015 at 7.30 pm

Performing Arts Centre, Teignmouth Community School, Exeter Road, Teignmouth TQ14 9HZ (map)



The Wihan Quartet, formed in 1985, has been described by International Record Review as: one of the best quartets in the world today. The Quartet has an outstanding reputation for the interpretation of its native Czech heritage, and of the many classical, romantic and modern masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire.

During the 2012/13 season the Quartet were Czech Chamber Music Society Resident Ensemble at the Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall, Prague. They have developed an impressive international career, which includes visits to major festivals in Europe and the Far East.

They visit Japan regularly and have had highly acclaimed tours of the United States, Australia and New Zealand. They are also frequent visitors to the UK and can often be heard in concert at Wigmore Hall and many other venues

During 2008 the Quartet completed the first ever cycle of Beethoven Quartets in Prague and also repeated this cycle at Blackheath Halls, London. Their landmark series of Beethoven concerts in Prague was recorded for release on CD and DVD on the Nimbus Alliance label and received many accolades. Their recording of Dvorak Op.34/Op.105 was chosen as a ‘Recording of the Year’ by MusicWeb International and BBC Music Magazine said of their Dvorak Op.61 recording: This is the finest recorded performance I have encountered to date. The Wihan’s recent release of Schubert G Major received an ‘Outstanding’ from International Record Review and a ‘Recommended’ from The Strad. The Sunday Times said of the recording: ‘This is playing of the highest quality from the Czech quartet. Their tempo for the opening movement is unusually broad, which allows you to savour to the full the harmonic richness of this extraordinary music.’

The Wihan Quartet has won many International Competitions including The Prague Spring Festival and the Osaka ‘Chamber Festa’. In 1991, they won both the First Prize and the Audience Prize in the London International String Quartet Competition.

The Quartet are the ‘Richard Carne Quartet in Residence’ at Trinity College of Music, London and also coach at the Royal Academy of Music in London. For several years they have taught many of the UK’s gifted young Quartets at Pro Corda in Suffolk and are also great supporters of the work of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, which gives inspirational concerts and master classes to young people in many parts of the UK.

Due to personal reasons, the charismatic and much loved viola player, Jiri Zigmund, is taking a sabbatical from the Wihan Quartet. In his place the quartet have been very fortunate to find an excellent musician in Jakub Cepicky, son of Leos Cepicky. Jakub has established a reputation in the Czech Republic as a fine violinst and viola player and he and Leos have performed together as soloists many times in recent years

Further information about the Quartet and full details of recordings available can be found on their website: www.wihanquartet.com