Artists in Residence at Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Artists in Residence at Shakespeare’s Globe, London
Soul searching concert FEBRUARY 22nd 2016

Chilingirian Quartet feature as artists' in residence at the Globe, London

Monday 22 February, 7.30pm

£10 standing
£15 – £48 seats
£62 premium tickets

Levon Chilingirian leads a soul-searching programme of music composed from inside two 20th century prison camps. Messiaen’s titanic Quatuor pour la fin du temps performed in the Stalag VIII-A, a prisoner-of-war camp in Görlitz in 1941, follows Edgar Bainton’s dazzlingly harmonic op. 26 string quartet, composed at the Ruhleben internment camp in 1915.

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Commemorating the centenary of Armenian Genocide 1915-2015

Soushigi-trailersmThe Chilingirian Quartet created a special multimedia project to mark the centenary of the Armenian Genocide in the month leading up to the anniversary April 2015 performing 10 songs by Komitas. As well as performances of these songs at the Armenian church in Chelsea, the videos included family archive photographs, articles, reminiscences and interviews. The responses included, “quite wonderful. This is so beautiful. Enchanting music,”“I’ve just been watching your videos and reading about the project – which is absolutely wonderful. I love the images, the music and the touching stories, and I am finding the combination so powerful!”, Cheryl

“Not only is the playing and filming really beautiful but all the history and photographs are so interesting and moving also”

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The Chilingirian Quartet have recently been invited by Jose Antonio Abreu, father of Venezuela’s hugely successful “El Sistema” and the Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra, to create a new Chamber Music Academy in Venezuela.

In this exciting new role, the Quartet will spearhead a project of nationwide master classes, performances, and teacher training programmes. In addition, the Quartet will perform a series of concerts in the city of Caracas and provinces throughout Venezuela, starting in January 2010.

In October 2008, the Chilingirian Quartet was among the first musicians to perform at London’s spectacular new concert venue, King’s Place. The Quartet participated in the hall’s opening week festivities, and joined oboist Nicholas Daniel for the world premiere of a specially commissioned oboe quartet by Thea Musgrave.
On October 20, 2008, the Quartet celebrated the 60th birthday of Michael Berkeley with Dame Felicity Lott, Julius Drake, and Thomas Carroll.
The group commemorated the life and music of the late pianist Clifford Benson at the Royal Academy of Music, joined by many distinguished colleagues, including William Bennett, Anthony Pay, and Michael Dussek
From December 2008 to April 2009, the bicentenary celebration of Franz Joseph Haydn offers a wonderful opportunity to honour a composer who has been a staple of the Chilingirian Quartet’s repertoire.

Between December 2008 and April 2009, the Quartet will join in an exploration of over twenty of Haydn’s quartets at Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, and the Castle Hotel in Taunton, where an ambitious week of concerts will include all of this great master’s quartets shared by various ensembles. For details, visit The Castle Hotel.

Between April 7 and 14, 2009, the Chilingirian will also collaborate with the Hilliard Ensemble in a programme of music for Holy Week, containing juxtaposed movements of Haydn’s Seven last Words on the Cross with Gesualdo’s Paraskevi… This program will be performed at the following locations:     7 April, Valencia, Spain
8 April, Wigmore Hall, London, UK
9 April, Konzerthaus, Berlin, Germany
10 April, St. Barnabas Church, Oxford, UK
14 April, Casteliotissa Hall, Nicosia, Cyprus
The first of three volumes featuring Mozart’s complete viola quintets has recently been released on CRD. The second volume will soon be released. To purchase volume one, please visit CRD.