About the Performance

Modigliani Quartet with Fabio Bidini
Friday, March 19 | 7:30 PM
Folly Theater

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The Paris based Quatuor Modigliani, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this season, is a regular guest of the world’s top venues and finest String Quartet & Chamber Music series.  The quartet has been recording for the Mirare label since 2008 and has released 8 CDs, all awarded prizes and receiving international critical acclaim.

They will be joined by Kansas City favorite Fabio Bidini, a regular guest on the Friends of Chamber Music Series.

Concert Program

MOZART String Quartet in E-flat major, KV 160

TURNAGE Split Apart (premiering December 15, 2020)

INTERMISSION

BRAHMS Piano Quintet in F minor, op. 34

“One of today’s best quartets in the world…Balance, transparency, symphonic comprehension, confident style, their performance reached a very high and inspiring level ” – Süddeutsche Zeitung

About the Modigliani Quartet

The Paris based Quatuor Modigliani, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this season, is a regular guest of the world’s top venues and finest String Quartet & Chamber Music series.

In the current and upcoming seasons, the quartet will be touring in the US, South America, Japan, and extensively throughout most of Europe. Highlights include the Wigmore Hall in London, the Paris Auditorium du Musée du Louvre, The Morgan Library & Museum New York, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Brussel Flagey, Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, the Munich Prinzregententheater, Tokyo’s Oji Hall and festivals such as Salzburg Festspiele, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Menuhin Festival Gstaad and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In 2017 the Quatuor Modigliani was first the String Quartet to perform in the main Hall of the Hamburgs Elbphilharmonie.

In 2014, the Modigliani Quartet became Artistic Directors of the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, a festival created in 1976 by Antoine Riboud and made famous through its former legendary artistic director Mstislav Rostropovich, after a pause of thirteen years. The joint efforts of the Evian Resort and the Modigliani Quartet achieved immediate success and the festival has now become again one of Europe’s major and most publicized Summer musical events.

The quartet has been recording for the Mirare label since 2008 and has released 8 CDs, all awarded prizes and receiving international critical acclaim. The next release will be „Carnet de voyages”. The Modigliani Quartet has built true artistic friendships and are regularly play with other musicians such as Nicholas Angelich, Daniel Müller-Schott, Yefim Bronfman, Sabine Meyer, Beatrice Rana and Renaud Capuçon.

After fifteen years of building up their own sound and profile, the Modigliani Quartet is now happy to pass their experience to the next generation. In 2016 they created the Atelier within the Festival in Evian and will be holding a series of masterclasses at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris beginning in November 2017.

Thanks to the generosity and support of private sponsors, the Modigliani quartet plays on four outstanding Italian instruments:

Amaury Coeytaux plays a 1773 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Loïc Rio plays a 1780 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini,

P Laurent Marfaing plays a 1660 viola by Luigi Mariani,

François Kieffer plays a 1706 cello by Matteo Goffriller.

The Modigliani Quartet also thanks the SPEDIDAM for its help.

About Fabio Bidini

Italian pianist FABIO BIDINI is one of this generation’s top-flight pianists. His appearances have included performances with The London Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican, The Philharmonia Orchestra of London at Royal Festival Hall, San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, Dallas Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Forth Worth Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra Prague at the Rudolphinum, and Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra at Liszt Academy Hall. He has collaborated with conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Carlos Prieto, Max Valdes, Dimitry Sitkovetsky, Ivan Fisher, Jesus Lopez Cobos, JoAnn Falletta, Zoltan Kocsis, Michael Christie, and Gianandrea Noseda.

Included in Fabio Bidini’s 2019-20 season are a recital in Kansas City and a chamber music concert with members of San Diego Symphony under their auspices. In the 2018-19 season he performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic both in Buffalo and on tour with them in Florida, and also appeared with the Charlotte Symphony and Rhode Island Philharmonic. His schedule also included four concerts with the Modigliani Quartet in Tucson, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and Dallas performing the Dvorak Piano Quintet.

Mr. Bidini has repeatedly performed at the prestigious festivals of Europe, including the Tuscan Sun Festival Cortona/Napa, Festival Radio France Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival, Stern Grove Festival, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli International Piano Festival, Festival dei due Mondi and most recently, Grant Park Festival.

Fabio Bidini is also in great demand as a chamber music partner. He is the pianist of the highly acclaimed ensemble, Trio Solisti, and has enjoyed artistic collaboration with many ensembles and artists including the American String Quartet, the Janacek Quartet, the Brodsky Quartet, the Szymanowski Quartet, the Modigliani Quartet, Zoltan Kocsis, Alexis Pia Gerlach, Maria Bachmann, Eva Urbanova, Nina Kotova, Dimitri Ashkenazy, and Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker.

Fabio Bidini began his piano studies at the age of five. He graduated magna cum laude from Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and studied composition at Florence Conservatory. He has been awarded first prize in eleven of Italy’s most prestigious national piano competitions and has been the recipient of the top prizes awarded in eight international competitions – Terni, Köln, Busoni 1988 and 1992, Pretoria, Marsala, London and the Van Cliburn Fort Worth. He made his North American debut in 1993 with the Atlanta Symphony.

 In 2015 Fabio Bidini became the first recipient of the Carol Grigor Piano Chair – a new position enabled by a $5-million endowment gift from the Colburn School’s board chairwoman Carol Colburn Grigor in Los Angeles. Mr. Bidini has been Professor of Piano at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, in Berlin, one of Europe’s premiere music conservatories. He also serves as an Artist-in-Residence at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Köln.

Fabio Bidini’s discography comprises thirteen CDs recorded under the labels BMG, Classichord, Musikstrasse, EPR and True Sounds. He is a Steinway artist.

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