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Chamber Music Masterpieces: String quartets
York Chamber Music Festival

  • Thursday 14 June 2018, 8.15PM to 9.15pm
  • £5 on the door (Children £1, students £3)
  • Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York (map|getting to campus)
  • Wheelchair accessible

Event details

Internationally renowned Festival Artists of York Chamber Music Festival present two chamber music masterpieces – Mozart’s String Quartet in G Major and Brahms’ String Quartet in C Minor.

Mozart’s quartet was written in Vienna in honour of the composer Joseph Haydn, generally viewed as the father of the string quartet form. Brahms viewed the string quartet as the ultimate expression of the composer's craft, reputedly sketching and destroying 20 quartets before creating one he felt was worthy of publication.

This event is suitable for all ages, including schools. Free programme notes will be provided. Soft drinks will be available before the performance.

Want to hear more from York Chamber Music Festival? Why not join them for Life, Death and Transcendence: Schubert’s string quintet, a free event which precedes this performance.

About the performers

Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola) is a leading violist with an international reputation. She has played as soloist with most of the UK’s leading orchestras and has recorded acclaimed CDs of viola music. She was a member of the Leopold String Trio and the Sorrel String Quartet. She is co-Artistic Director of the Sound Collective and has pioneered innovative chamber music programmes at festivals throughout the UK.

Pierre Doumenge (cello) has appeared at many international festivals (Aldeburgh, Bucharest, La Hague, Bergstaden, IMS Prussia Cove, Singapore, Hong Kong, Boston) and recorded for Dutton, Meridian and Hyperion labels to great critical acclaim. He appears regularly as guest principal cello with many UK orchestras. Pierre is a teaching professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Sara Trickey (violin) is a multiple prize winning violinist and chamber musician. She has been a regular participant at the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove and is the violinist of the Odysseus Piano Trio. She performs regularly with the pianist Daniel Tong and recorded Schubert’s Sonatinas for the Champs Hill label with him. She has also recorded all the violin sonatas by Willian Mathias for Naxos(with the pianist Iwan Llewelyn-Jones). She has appeared several times at the Presteigne Festival. In the 2013 festival she premiered David Matthew’s concerto for viola and violin (written for her). David Matthews also wrote for her his violin and piano piece, Adonis.

Martyn Jackson (violin) was described by the legendary violinist Ida Haendel as “one of the most exceptionally gifted violinists I have ever encountered.” Martyn made his recital debut at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, as part of the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Prize Winners’ Recital Scheme. He was also invited to perform with principal players from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Milan and Rome. As an orchestral musician, Martyn has frequently served as Assistant Concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Tim Lowe (cello) works as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe. His recent recital at Wigmore Hall (with Andrew Brownell) was described as, “…compelling in every respect: virtuosic and yielding by turns – a true example of outstanding musicianship.” Tim is Guest Principal cello of the English Chamber Orchestra and has been Guest principal cello of several of the UK’s leading orchestras. He is a teaching professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is the Artistic Director of York Chamber Music Festival.


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