About the Performance

Apollon Musagète Quartet w/Garrick Ohlsson
Friday, February 19 | 7:30 PM
Folly Theater

Gold Memberships currently available.  Call (816) 561.9999 to order.  Single Tickets on-sale August 3. 

Apollon Musagète Quartet – winner of the 57th edition of the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 2008, is currently one of the world’s leading string quartets. 

In recent years, the quartet has performed at Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus and Philharmonie Berlin, Edinburgh International Festival, London Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York, Rheingau Musik Festival, Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele and at the Chopin and his Europe festival in Warsaw.

PROGRAM

BACH Contrapuncti 1,4,6,9 from “The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080

SZYMANOWSKI Quartet No. 2, Op. 56 

INTERMISSION

SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57
Prelude:  Lento | Fugue: Adagio | Scherzo: Allegretto | Intermezzo: Lento | Finale: Allegretto

“If Apollo had played the violin instead of the lyre, this is exactly how it would have sounded.” (Süddeutche Zeitung)

About Apollon Musagète Quartet

Apollon Musagète Quartet – winner of the 57th edition of the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 2008, is currently one of the world’s leading string quartets. 

The band, founded by four Polish artists in 2006,  studied with Johannes Meissl at the  European Chamber Music Academy  and with musicians from the Alban Berg quartet at the  University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna .

As a laureate of the ECHO Rising Stars 2010 series , for which the quartet was nominated by the Viennese Konzerthaus and Musikverein, the Polish band delighted the audience during performances in many renowned European concert halls. For the years 2012-2014, AMQ was included in the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists program,  as a result of which the band performed regularly in Great Britain and made many recordings for the BBC radio station. In 2014, Apollon Musagete Quartett became the winner of the “Polityka Passport” and the British Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.

In recent years, the quartet has performed at Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus and Philharmonie Berlin, Edinburgh International Festival, London Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York, Rheingau Musik Festival, Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele and at the Chopin and his Europe festival in Warsaw. The highlights of the 2018/19 season are re-invitations to Auditori in Barcelona, ​​Bozar in Brussels, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Paris Louvre and Tonhalle Zurich, as well as debut at the Frauenkirche in Dresden. During the June participation in the Schubertiade festival  ,the Apollon Musagète quartet will perform the inaugural concert, which is a prelude to the great series of performances with all Schubert string quartets, which will be presented in the following seasons. In addition, the band will present selected works of Dvořák that will be performed as part of Kasseler Musiktage – one of the oldest music festivals in Europe. In June 2019, the Japanese band tour will lead musicians to places such as Nagoya, Tokyo and Yokohama.

In the field of chamber music, the Apollon Musagète quartet collaborates with outstanding artists such as Martin Fröst, Per Arne Glorvigen, Nils Mönkemeyer, Gabriela Montero, István Várdai and Jörg Widmann. The band also performed with many symphony orchestras, such as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. In addition, the musicians show great openness to integrating chamber music with various forms of performing arts, hence the band participated in the staged concert of the Berlin theater and dance group Nico and the Navigators, he appeared in the ballet production Staatstheater Nürnberg, as well as collaborated with the singer and pianist Tori Amos, with whom they recorded the album for Deutsche Grammophon. The Night of Hunters album topped the classic Bilboard list, while being in the top ten in two other categories (rock and alternative music). Concerts of the tour promoting the album took place in 43 European and US cities, among others in Berlin’s Tempodrom, Royal Albert Hall in London, Stadthalle in Vienna, Beacon Theater in New York, Orpheum Theater in Boston and Paramount Theater in Seattle

An important place in the intensive artistic activity of AMQ is occupied by the promotion of Polish chamber music and cooperation with contemporary composers. In addition to classical items, the band in their repertoire has dedicated works, inspired by the mythological figure of Apollon – the guide of the muses (Musagete).

Artists’ interest in contemporary music is also manifested in their own compositional attempts. In 2011, the effort Doblinger Verlag, released the first joint composition quartet –  Multitude , string quartet inspired by Witold Lutoslawski and fascination it is the result of this work.

In 2010, Oehms Classics released the debut album of the quartet, and three years later the musicians recorded the string quartets of Lutosławski, Penderecki and Górecki for DECCA Classics. In 2014, the album Russian Soul was  released with works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, which were re-released by Oehms Classics. In the summer of 2018, the Fryderyk Chopin Institute published another album of the Apollon Musagète quartet, containing works by Andrzej Panufnik, and a few months later the band’s latest album appeared with the works of Karol Szymanowski and Roman Palester released by Universal Music Polska. 

All members of the Apollon Musagète quartet are laureates of the Young Poland scholarship program awarded to outstanding young artists.

Piotr Skweres plays the cello Gennaro Gagliano from 1741, which was made available thanks to the kindness of the MERITO String Instruments Trust.

Apollon Musagète Quartet is extremely grateful for many years of support from THOMASTIK INFELD as well as STOFFWERK for the preparation of exclusive concert costumes

“A vigorous, crisp and clear performance without a trace of Romantic excess.” – The New York Times

About Garrick Ohlsson

Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although long regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Mr. Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature. A student of the late Claudio Arrau, Mr. Ohlsson has come to be noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. To date he has at his command more than 80 concertos, ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century, many commissioned for him. In 2018/19 season he launched an ambitious project spread over two seasons exploring the complete solo piano works of Brahms in four different programs. The cycle will be heard in New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Los Angeles, London and a number of cities across North America, culminating in Tanglewood, summer 2020. In concerto repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Brahms and Barber, he will return to the Nashville, Oregon, Dallas, Detroit and Colorado Symphonies, concluding the 2019/20 season in Bellingham Festival of Music with all Beethoven concerti programmed over the course of three performances. Internationally he can be heard with orchestras in Seoul, Helsinki, Zagreb, Tallinn, Manchester and London.

A frequent guest with the orchestras in Australia, Mr. Ohlsson has recently visited Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart as well as the New Zealand Symphony in Wellington and Auckland. In February 2020 he will embark on a seven city recital tour across Australia. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Ohlsson has collaborated with the Cleveland, Emerson, Tokyo and Takacs string quartets, including most recently Boston Chamber Players on tour in Europe. Together with violinist Jorja Fleezanis and cellist Michael Grebanier, he is a founding member of the San Francisco-based FOG Trio. Passionate about singing and singers, Mr. Ohlsson has appeared in recital with such legendary artists as Magda Olivero, Jessye Norman, and Ewa Podleś.

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