About the Event
In this highly‐anticipated concert, hear the mellifluous sounds of chamber music by Ludwig van Beethoven and Jörg Widmann at Berlin's treasured and world‐renowned Konzerthaus Berlin.
- Ludwig van Beethoven – Streichquartett B‐Dur op. 130
- Jörg Widmann – 8. Streichquartett (Studie über Beethoven III)
- Jörg Widmann – „Cavatina“ — 10. Streichquartett (Beethoven‐Studie V)
- Ludwig van Beethoven – Große Fuge B‐Dur op. 133
|String Quartet:|| Juilliard String Quartet |
The Juilliard String Quartet is a classical music string quartet founded in 1946 at the Juilliard School in New York. The original members were Robert Mann and Robert Koff on violin, Raphael Hillyer on viola, and Arthur Winograd on cello; Current members (as of 2008) are Joel Smirnoff and Ronald Copes on violin, Samuel Rhodes on viola, and Joel Krosnick on cello. Joel Smirnoff will be leaving the quartet after its 2008‐2009 season to become president of the Cleveland Institute of Music. The quartet is currently quartet‐in‐residence both at the Juilliard School and the Library of Congress. It has also received numerous awards including four Grammys and membership in the National Academy Recording Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame.
The Konzerthaus Berlin is a concert hall situated on the Gendarmenmarkt, the most beautiful square in the city. Built in 1821, the structure initially served as a theater. Severely damaged in the Second World War, it was rebuilt as a concert hall in 1977, with a neoclassical interior, and changed its name to reflect its new function in 1994. Consistently numbered among the top five concert halls in the world, the Konzerthaus hosts around 500 performances every year, ranging from symphony and chamber concerts featuring international stars to new music and children's concerts.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven was a German pianist and composer of the late 18th century. He is well known as the most influential composers of all time as well as crucial figure to the Classical music scene. In fact, he demonstrated his musical talent at an early age, taking lessons from his father and composer/conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. Later, he moved to Vienna where he gained the reputation of a virtuoso pianist by composing his popular masterpieces. He created his most admired works in his last 15 years of life, all the while being almost completely deaf.