The Broad Stage presents an evening with The Takács Quartet, winners of the Grammy Award, 2021 Gramophone Classical Music Awards, Chamber category and 2021 Presto Music Classical Recording Award, make their Broad Stage debut on Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. on the Stage main.
Hailed as “arguably the greatest string quartet in the world” by The Guardian, they are joined by guest Julien Labro on bandoneon for two new commissions for the Takács by Brazilian-American composer Clarice Assad and the winner of a Grammy winner and national rock band guitarist Bryce Dessner for quintet and three of Labro’s own works. The program ends with Ravel’s 1903 String Quartet, the only quartet he ever composed.
The quartet – Edward Dusinberre, violin; Harumi Rhodes, violin; Richard O’Neill, viola; and Andras Fejer, cello – is renowned for the vitality of his interpretations. The Guardian recently commented: “What lives on in the Takacs Quartet, year after year, is how equally the four musicians carry the music”. BBC Music Magazine described his recent recording Dohnanyi with pianist Marc André Hamelin as “totally compelling, encapsulating a huge range of color and texture”. Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, the Grammy Award-winning ensemble performs eighty concerts a year around the world.Announced as “the next accordion star”, Julien Labro has established himself as the greatest accordion and bandoneon player in the classical and jazz genres. Considered “a triple threat: brilliant technician, poetic melodist and cunning arranger”, his artistry, virtuosity and creativity as a musician, composer and arranger have earned him international acclaim and continue to amaze audiences around the world. . Rob Bailis, Artistic and Executive Director of The Broad Stage, said: “The world famous and incredibly superb Takács Quartet will give us a concert which marks the beginning of a relationship of many years. Viola player Richard O’Neill has just joined the Takács Quartet and was artist-in-residence with us two seasons ago. We look forward to seeing Richard with the Takács again, and having them with us regularly at The Broad Stage will be absolutely wonderful. O’Neill won the 2020 Grammy Award for Classical Instrumental Solo. Santa Monica CA 90401, beginning three hours before the performance.Over the past year, the Takács Quartet has marked the arrival of Grammy Award-winning violist Richard O’Neill by making two new recordings for Hyperion. The quartets by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and Felix Mendelssohn will be released in the fall of 2021, followed in 2022 by a disc by Haydn’s opp. 42, 77 and 103. The Takács Quartet was formed in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest by Gabor Takács-Nagy, Károly Schranz, Gabor Ormai and András Fejér, when they were all four students. It first came to international attention in 1977, winning first prize and the Critics’ Prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. The Quartet also won the gold medal at the Portsmouth and Bordeaux Competitions in 1978 and first prizes at the Budapest International String Quartet Competition in 1978 and the Bratislava Competition in 1981. The Quartet made their first northern tour -American in 1982. In 2001, members of The Takács Quartet were awarded the Order of Merit of the Knight’s Cross by the Republic of Hungary and, in March 2011, the Order of Merit of the Commander’s Cross by the President of the Republic of Hungary.The Takács Quartet continues its role in 2021-2022 as Associate Artists at London’s Wigmore Hall, performing four concerts there this season. In addition to numerous concerts in the UK, the ensemble will play in prestigious European venues, including the Philharmonie de Paris, the Konzerthaus in Berlin and the Teatro Della Pergola in Florence. The Takács will perform throughout North America, including concerts in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Princeton, Ann Arbor, Berkeley, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Cleveland and Portland. In June 2020, the Takács Quartet was featured in the BBC television series Being Beethoven. The 2019 CD by Amy Beach and Elgar’s Ensemble for Hyperion of piano quintets, featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson, won a Presto Classical Recording of the Year. In 2014, the Takács became the first string quartet to be awarded the Wigmore Hall Medal. The Medal, inaugurated in 2007, recognizes major international artists who have a strong association with the Hall. Recipients include Andras Schiff, Thomas Quasthoff, Menahem Pressler and Dame Felicity Lott. In 2012,Gramophone announced the Takács as the first string quartet to be inducted into its Hall of Fame, featuring legendary artists such as Jascha Heifetz, Leonard Bernstein and Dame Janet Baker. The ensemble also won the 2011 Prize for Chamber Music and Voice presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society of London. The Takács Quartet is known for its innovative programming. The ensemble performed a program inspired by Philip Roth’s novel Everyman with Meryl Streep at Princeton in 2014, then again with her at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto in 2015. They performed Everyman for the first time at Carnegie Hall in 2007 with Philip Seymour Hoffman. They have visited 14 cities with the poet Robert Pinsky, collaborate regularly with the Hungarian folk group Muzsikas, and in 2010 they collaborated with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and David Lawrence Morse on a drama project that explores the composition of Beethoven’s late quartets. The Takács Quartet records for Hyperion Records. The ensemble recently won a 2021 Gramophone Classical Music Award in the Chamber category for their recording of the Amy Beach and Elgar Quintets with pianist Garrick Ohlsson. Their discs for Hyperion include string quartets by Haydn, Schubert, Janáček, Smetana, Debussy and Britten, as well as piano quintets by César Franck and Shostakovich (with Marc-André Hamelin), viola quintets by Brahms and Dvorák ( with Lawrence Power). For their CDs on the Decca/London label, the Quartet won three Gramophone Awards, a Grammy Award, three Japanese Record Academy Awards, Disc of the Year at the first BBC Music Magazine Awards and Ensemble Album of the Year at the Classical Brits. .Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, members of the Takács Quartet are on the Christoffersen faculty. The Quartet helped develop a string program with a particular emphasis on chamber music, where students work in a stimulating environment designed to help them develop their craft. Through the university, two of the quartet members benefit from the generous loan of instruments from the Drake Instrument Foundation. Members of the Takács are on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where they conduct an intensive summer string quartet seminar, and are invited to the Guildhall School of Music in London.