Casals Quartet

BIOGRAPHY

Founded in 1997 at the Escuela Superior Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Casals Quartet celebrated its 20th Anniversary season with a particularly ambitious project: the integral of Beethoven's 17 quartets, along with six commissioned works by contemporary composers, and performed in cities in Europe, Asia and Latin America, including London, Vienna, Berlin and Tokyo. Highlights of his upcoming seasons include Mozart’s cycle of the last 10 quartets as well as other projects focused on Hungarian composers Bartók, Ligeti and Kurtág.

Since winning first prizes at international competitions in London and Hamburg, the Casals Quartet has been regularly invited to the world's most prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall (New York), Wigmore Hall (London). ), Philarmonie (Berlin), Kölner Philarmonie (Cologne), Cité de la Musique (Paris), Schubertiade de Schwarzenberg, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) among many other cities in the world.

The Quartet has developed an important record production of the Harmonia Mundi label, which so far translates into 12 CDs, with a repertoire that includes works by authors such as Arriaga and Toldrà to classical Viennese authors such as Mozart. Haydn, Schubert and Brahms, not to mention big names of the twentieth century such as Debussy, Ravel and Zemlinsky. Also noteworthy is the live recording of a series of DVDs with the full Schubert quartets, released by Neu Records. The Casals Quartet began in 2018 with the recording of the complete quartets of Beethoven, published by the record company Harmonia Mundi in three installments: Inventions the first, has received excellent reviews, the second delivery Revelations came out in 2019 and 2020 Aphoteosis, the last, coinciding with the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth.

Winning the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Foundation Award in London allowed the Quartet to begin using arches from the Baroque-Classical period for the interpretation of the music of authors ranging from Purcell to Schubert, thus refining the its ability to delve into the nuances between different stylistic languages. The Casals Quartet has also received a profound influence from living composers of our time such as György Kurtág and has made world premieres of notable Spanish composers today, including the concert for string quartet and orchestra by Francisco Coll premiered together with the National Orchestra of Spain.

In recognition of their work of cultural dissemination, the members of the Quartet Casals have been recognized as cultural ambassadors by the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Institut Ramon Llull. Previously the Quartet had already obtained the National Music Award granted by Ministry of Culture (2006), as well as the City of Barcelona Award (2005) and the National Culture Award of Catalonia (2016). The Quartet performs every year at the Royal Palace of Madrid, with the extraordinary collection of Stradivarius instruments. The Quartet often appears on television and radio throughout Europe and North America and, in addition to giving master classes very alone She is a Quartet of Residence at the Koninklijk Conservatory in The Hague and at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona, the city where her four members live.

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