Mozart Piano Quartet K493 in E flat
Charlotte Bray Zustände for Piano Quartet (2017)
Chausson Piano Quartet in A Opus 30
Since its first concert in January 1983 the Schubert Ensemble has become widely recognised as one of the world’s leading exponents of music for piano and strings. The ensemble has performed in over 40 different countries, has over 80 commissions to its name, has recorded over 30 critically acclaimed 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.
Plans for the coming months include the premiere of a piano quartet, Zustände, by Charlotte Bray (included in tonight’s programme), the recording for Champs Hill Records of another recent commission, Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s The Whole Earth Dances and several visits to Birmingham Conservatoire, where the Ensemble is enjoying the ninth year of a Residency.
The Ensemble has decided to bring its 35-year career to a close at the end of June 2018. It will see out its final season in celebratory style, with around fifty concerts planned in the UK and abroad, including return visits to Romania and Luxembourg and two tours of the USA.
‘the Schubert Ensemble are blessed with the most natural, unforced, singing tone’ The Independent on Sunday