51st Chamber Music
Amaury Coeytaux Loic Rio Laurent Marfaing François Kieffer
Tuesday, April 2, 2024
7:30 PM Harris Concert Hall
Chamber Music's New Sensation
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
Beethoven, String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59, Razumovsky, No. 1 (1806)
Schubert, String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887 (1826)
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.
"... an exceptionally talented group... With bows flying and notes swirling, this quartet has a bright future ahead." — Ponca City News (Feb. 2022)
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.