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VORTEX | September 20th
7 p.m. | ArCuB
Encounters in Time and Space V
Mercury Quartet (UK)
Performers: Vlad Maistorovici (violin), Antoine Francoise (piano), Harry Cameron-Penny (clarinet), Colin Alexander (cello)
Oliver Weeks: Iele, 2013
Edmund Finnis (*1984): Quartet in three parts
Johan Treichel (*1989): Hemon
Dan Dediu (*1967): Viscous Sun op. 154, 2014 (world premiere)
About Mercury Quartet, composer Julian Anderson said in 2010 that it is “surely the most lively and talented group of young musicians in the UK”. The four exceptional young musicians reunited at London’s Royal College of Music, where they were studying, to play Olivier Messiaen’s iconic Quartet for the Beginning of Time. They got along so well that they decided to stick together and keep playing. Thus was formed one of the most inventive and active ensembles of the moment, an ensemble that is emblematic for the new direction in the contemporary music field, that avoids clichés and easily passes from atonal, avant-garde music, to postmodern languages, jazz, rock and improvisation, everything on a very high-level virtuosity and passion. Each of the four members has also an exquisite soloist career. In the closing night of InnerSound, Mercury Quartet will perform an exciting program, with a world premiere by Dan Dediu (Viscous Sun), dedicated to the ensemble, Oliver Week’s Ielele (a sonorous vortex inspired by the Romanian myth of the “iele” and by a quote from singer Maria Tănase’s Agurida), Hemon by Johan Treichel and a quartet by Edmund Finnis.
Mercury Quartet have performed across the UK and abroad, including the Jacqueline Du Pré Music Building, Holywell Music Rooms, Sheldonian Theatre (Oxford), St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St James's Piccadilly, The National Gallery (London), The Great Hall (Dartington), as guest artists at the Dinan Conservatoire de Musique (France) and at Festival des Jardins Musicaux (Cernier, Switzerland). They also won a place as artists to be represented by Concordia Foundation in 2007. The Quartet have appeared as artists in such festivals as 'The Chelsea Schubert Festival' (2008 ), 'The Rosemary Branch Festival' (2009), 'The Vienna City of Dreams' Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen Festival (2009) and Dartington International Summer School (2010).
Violonist and composer Vlad Maistorovici is a well known figure in the Romanian music world; you can hear his music during the Silent Film Night (19.09).