For two frenetic weeks in July, Kuhmo in Eastern Finland is host to a chamber music festival attracting thousands of music lovers. In that fortnight, this town of 8,300 inhabitants echoes to the sound of music against a backcloth of a lake that almost laps the walls of the concert halls in the clear, unbelievable northern light.
This season marks three decades of taking stages around the world for Quatuor Danel, a disciple of the Amadeus, Borodin and Beethoven Quartets. As the cherry on the anniversary cake, they are joined by friends Andsnes, Hagen and Moraguès in three different quintet formations.
In 2018, the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam became reality. Nowhere in the world such a large and international festival for string quartet existed. With over sixty concerts, a diverse fringe programme and a mission to share, celebrate and renew string quartet in all its richness and beauty.
Quatuor Danel celebrates its thirty year anniversary in 2022 and will celebrate during the String Quartet Biennale. Together with three of their favorite fellow players, the quartet members conquer the highest peaks of chamber music.
Duke Performances — the professional performing arts presenter at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina — engages diverse, virtuosic, and future-thinking artists from their own region and around the world to present meaningful and celebratory performances at Duke and in Durham, in service to their mission of enhancing learning and research, fostering community, and furthering the presentation of new performance.
Music at Kohl Mansion (MAKM), the longest-running chamber-music-only presenter on the S.F. Peninsula, is deeply committed to community building through the arts, both in its highly praised mainstage concert series founded in 1983 and in education and community programs that connect people and promote human understanding. MAKM programs enhance the quality of life of Bay Area residents and visitors by reaching out to individuals of all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds.
Taking the train… A harmless gesture, a change of scenery, an escape. For the young Steve Reich, the train represented the incredible journey he regularly made between New York and Los Angeles in the company of his nanny during the Second World War. Half a century later, the composer asks himself: what trains would the Jewish child he was have taken had he lived in Europe? Different Trains brings the strings of the quartet into dialogue with the voices of those who experienced the Shoah. Four musicians and a magnetic tape for one of the key works of the second half of the 20th century.
For two frenetic weeks in July, Kuhmo in Eastern Finland is host to a chamber music festival attracting thousands of music lovers. In that fortnight, this town of 8,000 inhabitants echoes to the sound of music against a backcloth of a lake that almost laps the walls of the concert halls in the clear, unbelievable northern light.
Ottawa Chamberfest has been sharing music since 1994. What began as an annual summer festival has grown over the years to include a popular concert series and a wealth of community engagement and education programming.
In 1975 the Pennsylvania Chautauqua’s Summer Program Director asked new Mt. Gretna resident, physician/flutist Carl Ellenberger, to organize two concerts in the Mt. Gretna “Hall of Philosophy.” Ellenberger invited old friends from Interlochen and Eastman to visit and play chamber music. They had so much fun that the next summer he organized 4 concerts in the Playhouse. A Hershey Medical colleague, introduced Ellenberger to the Audubon Quartet, then in residence at Marywood College in Scranton and looking for a summer home. They came to Gretna in 1977 with friends and joined Ellenberger and his friends. Also that year Ellenberger heard The New Black Eagle Jazz Band on NPR and learned that his Yale Medical School friend, Eli Newberger, was their tuba player so he invited them to come from Boston. People flooded into the Playhouse to hear the music and continued to come year after year.
Twice a year, the small Dutch island Schiermonnikoog is a meeting point for musicians, music lovers and nature, during the International Chamber music Festival Schiermonnikoog and the Festival Young Talent in March.
The Leiden Salon started in January 2022 in the halls of the Utopa Orphanage at 17 Hooglandse Kerkgracht in Leiden. The Leiden Salon programs unusual top-level concerts, performed by famous musicians who have earned their spurs, but also by up-and-coming young talent.