Endellion Quartet

Britain’s leading quartet, the Endellion String Quartet, will return to Vancouver after 14 years in a highly anticipated performance on Tuesday evening, February 26.

This special evening forms part of Friends of Chamber Music’s 2012/13 season. The ensemble is particularly renowned for its rich, insightful interpretations of Beethoven’s music. The group will present a profoundly moving program that explores both the composer’s life and development by selecting a quartet from each of his musical periods.

The Endellion Quartet has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the world’s finest ensembles, having toured the globe for over three decades. Within the space of 10 days, they performed the complete cycle of 15 quartets at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Endellion musician on bike

“The Endellion Quartet has not performed in the city since 1999 – so we were, of course, excited to have them return. When we were able to confirm the Beethoven program however, we were absolutely thrilled,” said Eric Wilson, program director at Friends of Chamber Music. “The works selected represent a must-hear opportunity for any lover of his music; the chance to hear how Beethoven developed, changed, and grew as a composer over the course of a single evening.”

The program will feature works from Ludwig van Beethoven’s early, middle, and late musical periods: Quartet in D major, Opus 18, No.3, Quartet in C major, Opus 59, No.3, and Quartet in E flat major, Opus 74 “The Harp”.

Formed in 1979, the Endellion String Quartet has collaborated with leading artists including Joshua Bell, Mitsuko Uchida, and Steven Isserlis. The quartet regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and appears at all major British concert series and festivals.

Endellion String Quartet
Date: Tuesday February 26, 8 pm

Venue: The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $40 (student and membership discounts available); purchase online or at the door

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