Formed in 2005, Chiaroscuro Quartet comprises violinists Alina Ibragimova (Russia) and Pablo Hernán Benedí (Spain), Swedish violist Emilie Hörnlund and cellist Claire Thirion from France. Dubbed ‘a trailblazer for the authentic performance of High Classical chamber music’ in Gramophone, this international ensemble performs music of the Classical and early Romantic periods on gut strings and with historical bows. The quartet’s unique sound – described in The Observer as ‘a shock to the ears of the best kind’ – is highly acclaimed by audiences and critics all over Europe.
Their growing discography includes recordings of music by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Haydn. Among the ensemble’s chamber music partners are renowned artists such as Kristian Bezuidenhout, Trevor Pinnock, Jonathan Cohen, Nicolas Baldeyrou, Chen Halevi, Malcolm Bilson and Christophe Coin.
Recent engagements included their enthusiastically received debut concerts at Vienna Konzerthaus, a return visit to Japan and their debut tour of the US. Other highlights have taken the ensemble to the Edinburgh International Festival, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, London’s Wigmore Hall and Auditorio Nacional de Música Madrid.
In the 2019-20 season, Chiaroscuro Quartet give concerts in the UK, including Wigmore Hall and King’s Place, their debut recital at Boulez Saal Berlin, perform Beethoven quartets at the Beethoven Haus Bonn and appear at numerous other venues and festivals throughout Europe including Luxembourg, Katowice, Lisbon and Warsaw.
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Chiaroscuro Quartet : Alina Ibragimova, violin / Pablo Hernán Benedí, violin / Emilie Hörnlund, viola […]
Haydn ‘Sun’ Quartets Op.20 Nos 1-3 BIS-2158 Alina Ibragimova & Pabo Hernán Benedí, violins Emilie […]