Atrium Quartet

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Atrium Quartet was founded in 2000 in the St. Petersburg Conservatoire at the suggestion of Professor Joseph Levinson, cellist of the Taneyev Quartet. The players received coaching from members of the Alban Berg Quartet, the Vermeer Quartet, and the Danel Quartet.

The quartet began to win awards shortly thereafter, with prizes at the International Competitions in Moscow (2001), Cremona (2002) and Weimar (2002). Following the Weimar competition, Atrium made its initial recording of quartets by Shostakovich and Debussy for MDR in Leipzig. It is the first Russian quartet to have won the top prize at two of the most important international competitions: the Audience Prize in the London International String Quartet Competition at Wigmore Hall in 2003 and the Premier Grand Prix and the Prix MMSG at the 5th International String Quartet Competition in Bordeaux in 2007.

Atrium has performed in Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Spain, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Its recordings include quartets of Haydn, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and Shostakovich on the MDR and EMI labels. The quartet is making its first tour in the United States in 2009, including concerts in Washington, D.C., New York, and Chicago. The Atrium Quartet currently resides in Berlin.

Playlist

QUARTET NO. 10 IN E-FLAT MAJOR, OPUS 74, “Harp” (1809)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

Poco Adagio – Allegro
Adagio ma non troppo
Presto – Piu presto quasi prestissimo
Allegretto con Variazioni

QUARTET NO. 2 IN F MAJOR, OPUS 92 (1941)

Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)

Allegro sostenuto
Adagio
Allegro

INTERMISSION

QUARTET NO. 5 IN B-FLAT MAJOR, OPUS 92 (1951)

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975)

Allegro non troppo
Andante
Moderato – Allegretto – Andante

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