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Cuarteto Casals

Biography

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“ A quartet for the new millennium if I ever heard one ”

…wrote Strad magazine  upon hearing Cuarteto Casals for the first time, shortly after its inception in 1997 at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid.

Since  winning  first  prizes  at  the  London  and  Brahms-Hamburg  competitions, Cuarteto Casals has been a repeated guest at the world’s most prestigious concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Musikverein Vienna, Philharmonie Cologne, Cité de la Musique  Paris, Schubertiade  in Schwarzenberg,  Concertgebouw  Amsterdam  and the Philharmonie in Berlin, among many others throughout Europe, North America and Asia.

The  quartet  has  compiled  a substantial  discography  with  the  harmonia  mundi label, including to date 11 CD’s, with repertoire ranging from lesser known Spanish composers Arriaga and Toldrá to Viennese classics Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Brahms, through 20th Century greats Bartók, Kurtág and Ligeti. Most recently the quartet recorded its first Beethoven  disc which will be available in summer 2017, and Neu Records has released the first of five DVDs of the acclaimed Schubert cycle played live at l’Auditori in Barcelona.

“A  sonic  signature  entirely  its  own,”  raved  the  New  York  Times,  describing Cuarteto  Casals’ distinctive  range of expression.  A prize from the prestigious  Burletti- Buitoni  Trust  in London  enabled  the quartet  to purchase  a matching  set of Classical period bows which it uses for works from Purcell through Schubert, refining its ability to distinguish between diverse musical styles. In addition, the quartet has been profoundly influenced by its work with living composers, especially György Kurtág, and has given the world premiere of quartets written by leading Spanish composers. Keen to broaden the string  quartet  repertoire,  Cuarteto  Casals  will  premiere  with  the  Spanish  National Orchestra in March 2017 a new concerto for string quartet and orchestra composed by Francisco Coll and has commissioned six pieces to complement each of the programs of its Beethoven cycle, scheduled for its 20th anniversary season in 2017-18.

In  recognition  of  Cuarteto  Casals’  unique  position  as  the  first  Spanish  string quartet with a truly international profile, the quartet has been honored with the Premio Nacional de Música as well as the Premi Nacional de Cultura de Catalunya and the Premi Ciutat  Barcelona.  Furthermore  the  quartet  had  the  privilege  to  play  on  the  peerless collection of decorated Stradivarius instruments in the Royal Palace in Madrid, where it will begin a residence in 2018.

Cuarteto  Casals  often  appears  on  television  and  radio  throughout  Europe  and North America and has been quartet in residence at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne  and the Escola Superior  de Musica de Catalunya  in Barcelona,  where all four members reside.

 

 

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Haydn, Cuarteto de cuerdas
2012
Haydn, Cuarteto de cuerdas

Opus 33 No. 2 en mi bemol mayor

Shostakovich, Cuarteto de cuerdas
2012
Shostakovich, Cuarteto de cuerdas

N° 8 en do menor (op. 110)

Schubert, Cuarteto de cuerdas
2012
Schubert, Cuarteto de cuerdas

D87 en mi bemol mayor

Cuarteto Casals
2011
Cuarteto Casals

ArteLounge 2011