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Chilingirian Quartet


Mozart String Quartet in A, K.464
Bartók String Quartet No. 2, Sz.67 (1914–17)
Beethoven String Quartet in G, Op. 18 No. 2

Levon Chilingirian violin
Stephen Orton cello
Ronald Birks violin
Susie Mészáros viola

The second concert in an historic series of six concerts to be given by the Chilingirian Quartet, commemorates the 70th anniversary of Bartók’s death by reconstructing the first complete cycle of Bartók quartets in the UK – given in the 1949/50 season by the London Chamber Music Society’s precursor organisation, the South Place Sunday Concerts. The concerts (originally performed by the Hurwitz, Aeolian, Blech, Amadeus and Martin quartets), coupled one of Bartók’s six quartets with a quartet from another groundbreaking series, Beethoven’s six quartets of the Op. 18 set. Each programme also featured one of Mozart’s mature quartets, to complement the energy and tautness of Bartók and Beethoven’s musical style. The Aeolian Quartet originally gave this concert in November 1949.


Clock6.30pm Sunday, 7th February 2016

FREE // Pre-concert talk: Professor Amanda Bayley on Bartok's Second Quartet - Sunday 7th February, 5.15pm

Professor Amanda Bayley, distinguished Bartók scholar and author of the Cambridge Companion to Bartók discusses his second string quartet.

FREE // Pre-concert Foyer Performance: Edward Giffney ( Accordion) - Sunday 7th February, 5.45pm

22 year old multi-instrumentalist Eddie Giffney recently received his Masters of Music with First Class Honours, majoring in Performance Piano at the University of Auckland. This year, he began further piano studies at the Royal College of Music, London with Ashley Wass, supported by a Cosmina & Douglas Liversidge Award. In addition to the piano and the harpsichord, Eddie learns piano accordion from Stephanie Poole and Owen Murray. He has had considerable international accordion success, including gaining 12th place in the Accordion World Championship in Shanghai, and twice winning both the South Pacific and NZ Open championships.  Eddie has played accordion in diverse performances including the Chaikin Accordion Concerto at the New Zealand Accordion Championships; the stage band for Auckland Theatre Company’s season of Cabaret and premiering his own arrangement of Vivaldi’s Summer with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Today, in reflection of Bartók’s second string quartet, Eddie performs a programme of works inspired by a variety of folk traditions.



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