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51st Chamber Music
Concert Season

Balourdet Quartet

Amaury Coeytaux     Loic Rio     Laurent Marfaing     François Kieffer
  ​Tuesday, April 2, 2024
  7:30 PM Harris Concert Hall

 Chamber Music's New Sensatio

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 Winning Classical Music's Most Prestigious Competitions 

 Chamber Music America’s 2024 Cleveland Quartet Award

Grand Prize 2021 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition 
Top Prize 2021 Premio Paolo Borciani in Reggio Emilia, Italy 

Chamber Music America's 2021 Classical Commissioning Grant 

Gold Medal 2020 Fischoff Competition 

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Music Program

Concert 

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Beethoven, String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59, Razumovsky, No. 1 (1806)  

Intermission
Schubert, String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887 (1826)

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"Soulful Serenades

The program opens with Beethoven's "Razumovsky" masterpiece renowned for its bold innovation and emotional depth, composed during his middle period. With its expansive structure and intricate interplay between instruments, it showcases Beethoven's mastery of form and expression, marking a pivotal moment in the evolution of the string quartet genre.

 

'No deeper music could be written by a 29-year-old facing his own premature mortality,  yet it is the goose-bump inducing, magical charm of Schubert’s effortless melodies in his final quartet that captivate us through a signature work of aptly-named Heavenly  Length.

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"... an exceptionally talented group... With bows flying and notes swirling, this quartet has a bright future ahead." Ponca City News (Feb. 2022)

The Quartet

The Balourdet Quartet, based in Boston, Massachusetts, is currently in residence at the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Program. The quartet received the Grand Prize at the 2021 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, as well as prizes in international competitions including the Banff, Paolo Borciani, and Carl Nielsen competitions. They were also awarded the Gold Medal at the 2020 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the 2021 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition


Highlights of the Balourdet’s 2022-23 season include appearances at Chamber Music Detroit, the Grand Piano Series in Naples, FL, NEC’s Jordan Hall, Merkin Hall, and Wigmore Hall. Summer 2022 also saw the Balourdet performing at festivals including Bravo! Vail, Music Mountain, and Strings Music Festival. Additionally this season, the quartet is thrilled to premiere a new commissioned work by celebrated composer Karim Al-Zand, made possible through Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning Grant.

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