The Schubert Ensemble has established itself over 30 years as one of the world’s leading exponents of music for piano and strings. Regularly giving over 50 concerts a year, the ensemble has performed in over 40 different countries. It has over 80 commissions to its name, has recorded over 30 critically aclaimed CDs and is familiar to British audiences through regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. In 1998 the Ensemble’s contribution to British musical life was recognized by the Royal Philharmonic Society when it presented the group with the Best Chamber Ensemble Award, for which it was shortlisted again in 2010.
The Schubert Ensemble of London
In the past three seasons the Ensemble has enjoyed a busy international schedule, with performances in the Czech Republic, Norway, Gibraltar, Spain, Holland, Canada and the USA as well as first visits to China, Bermuda and the United Arab Emirates. In this period the Ensemble has also released three new recordings for the Chandos label, of works by Fauré, Enescu and Dvorak , all of which have been widely praised. It has curated two festivals at London’s Kings Place – Finding Faure in 2009 and Saint-Saens’s Paris in 2010, part of which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and gave a three-concert Enescu/Dvorak series at Wigmore Hall in 2010/11. It was also invited by Leeds City council to programme its 2010/11 International Chamber Series, for which it devised a Viennese season with the title Transfigured Night. The Ensemble started 2012 with a trip to Amsterdam, where it performed in the Concertgebouw Hall on New Year’s Day, receiving a standing ovation for its performances of Brahms and Mozart Piano Quartets.
Alongside its busy concert schedule, the Ensemble has established a reputation for innovation in the fields of new music, education and audience development. This year will see the Ensemble continue its Residency at the Birmingham Conservatoire as well as giving workshops and masterclasses at Clare College, Cambridge and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. The past few years have also seen a succession of new commissions. In 2009 the Ensemble gave the world premiere of a Piano Quintet by Jonathan Dove at the Spitalfields Festival, and July 2010 saw the premiere of a new Piano Quartet by Joe Cutler at the Cheltenham Festival, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In May 2011, it gave the world premiere of Pavel Novák’s Unisono (Homage to the Bach family) for piano quintet at the Newbury Festival and in June 2012 it gave the world premiere of a Piano Quartet by Huw Watkins at the Spitalfields Festival. In the recording studio the Ensemble has produced CDs of works by Schubert, Schumann, Hummel, Dohnányi, Judith Weir, John Woolrich, Fauré, Korngold, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Louise Farrenc, César Franck, Elgar, Martin Butler, Piers Hellawell, Vaughan Williams, Martinů and Enescu. Its recent recording of Dvoṙák’s Piano Quintet and Piano Quartet, the Ensemble’s fifth recording for Chandos, was released in May to great critical acclaim and was chosen as CD of the month by BBC Music Magazine.
2013 was the Ensemble’s 30th Anniversary and celebrations included a series of three concerts at Kings Place in March, an anniversary concert at Wigmore Hall in November, the release of its second Enescu CD for Chandos, a major tour to the USA in February, and new commissions by Edward Rushton and Colin Matthews.
The Ensemble is very grateful to the PRS Foundation for Music for their generous support during 2013.
Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 4:00pm
Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ
Concert length is estimated to be 2 hours with one intermission.
Join us at 3pm for a pre-concert talk.
HUW WATKINS Piano Quartet (2012)
FAURE Piano Quartet No 1 in C minor
DVORAK Piano Quartet No 2
A superb performance, alive to the music's every nuance.BBC Music Magazine
At the end, where the music rises to an orchestral exuberance, the performers swept us along irresistibly with that same combination of reckless abandon and perfect control.London Telegraph