Season 2023/24 Forthcoming Concerts

Friday 26 April 2024, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge CB3 9DP


Generously sponsored by Mr and Mrs Adam Horne

Amaury Coeytaux, violin

Loic Rio, violin

Laurent Marfaing, viola

François Kieffer, cello

Quartet in F, Op. 59, No. 1, ‘Rasumovsky’
Quartet in D minor, D. 810, ‘Death and the Maiden’

‘One of the best quartets in the world today’, wrote the Süddeutsche Zeitung of the Quatuor Modigliani; ‘with balance, transparency, symphonic comprehension, and a confident style, …at the very highest level’. Founded in 2003, the Quatuor Modigliani is one of  the world’s most sought- after quartets, featuring regularly in prominent international series and on the world’s most prestigious concert halls.

In addition to annual tours in the United States and in Asia, the quartet’s numerous European tours have brought them to such distinguished venues as Wigmore Hall, the Paris Philharmonie and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonia and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

A year after their founding, the Quatuor Modigliani won three First Prizes successively at the Eindhoven International Competition (2004), the Vittorio Rimbotti in Florence (2005) and the prestigious Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York (2006). Following studies with the Ysaÿe Quartet and masterclasses with Walter Levin and György Kurtág, the Quatuor Modigliani was invited to work with the Artemis Quartet at the Berlin Universität der Künste [University for the Arts].

The quartet enjoys cultivating close friendships with their chamber-music partners, amongst them artists such as Sabine Meyer, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Jean-Frédéric Neuberger, Beatrice Rana, Fazil Say, Augustin Dumay, and Daniel Müller-Schott.

The Quatuor Modigliani's productive collaboration with the Mirare record label has led to fifteen recordings reflecting their vast repertoire (including Schubert, Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Bartók among many others), and winning them numerous awards in France and beyond. The quartet also performs and commissions a wide range of contemporary works from composers including Marc-Antony Turnage, Philippe Hersant, Peter Vasks, Kaija Saariaho and Evgeny Kissin. On the occasion of their most recent recording-release, the prestigious British magazine, The Strad, selected the quartet as their cover feature.

Through the support of generous sponsors, the Quatuor Modigliani has the privilege of playing four magnificent and historic Italian instruments: Amaury Coeytaux plays a 1773 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Loïc Rio plays a 1780 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Laurent Marfaing plays a 1660 viola by Luigi Mariani, and François Kieffer plays a 1706 cello by Matteo Goffriller.

Friday 24 May 2024, 7:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge CB3 9DP


Generously sponsored by Mr and Mrs Adam Horne
Nocturne in A-flat, Op. 32 No. 2
Three Mazurkas, Op. 50
Sonata in B-flat minor, Op. 35
Nocturne in F-sharp minor, Op. 48 No. 2
Sonata in B minor, Op. 58

In the almost twenty years since his victory in the 2005 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Rafał Blechacz has achieved a position as one of the preeminent pianists of our age. His outstanding talent has been appreciated by the audiences of Europe, America, and Asia, and he has regularly performed in the most prestigious concert halls, and - in concertos - with the some of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors. His concert venues include the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt-am-Main, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Tonhalle in Zurich, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, La Scala in Milan, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, to name but a few. Conductors with hom he has played include Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Pavo Järvi, Fabio Luisi, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, Trevor Pinnock, Mikhail Pletnev, Antoni Wit, and David Zinman. 

Ever since he won the Grand Prix, the Gold Medal, and the Audience Award at the Chopin Competition in 2005, he has consolidated his reputation as an interpreter of Chopin’s works who combines seemingly effortless virtuosity with outstanding interpretative intelligence and vision. His repertory, however, is ever-growing, and in a series of recordings for Deutsche Grammophon (for whom he records exclusively) he has offered equally highly regarded interpretations of  Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms, Debussy and Szymanowski. Among his numerous prizes and honours is the American Gilmore Artist Award, sometimes called the ‘Nobel Prize for the Piano’, which was bestowed on him in  2014.