West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2019
Bantry’s 24th annual celebration of chamber music has invited 110 musicians, masters and students, established composers and apprentices, string players and wind players, solo sopranos and vocal consorts, pianists and harpsichordists, national and international Baroque ensembles, young prize-winners and living legends, to gather in Bantry for ten days of intense music- making. There are up to six concerts and four masterclasses each day, plus a series of Fringe events, public artist interviews and talks and a major exhibition of Irish and international string instrument-makers and bow-makers.
String players predominate with four international Quartets and six student quartets with star soloists like Viviane Hagner, Johannes Moser, Henning Kraggerud, Marc Danel and Emmanuelle Bertrand with Rising Stars Mairéad Hickey, Ellen Nisbeth and BBC Young Musician winner Laura van der Heijden. Pianists include Dénes Várjon, Barry Douglas, Gloria Campaner, Alexei Grynyuk, Finghin Collins, Pascal Amoyel and Izabella Simon.
The early days of the Festival see an exploration of the natural but rare pairing of Beethoven’s early Opus 18 quartets with Mozart’s mature set that he dedicated so fulsomely to his mentor Haydn. The pairings are shared amongst the four headline Festival Quartets – Chiaroscuro, Borusan, Zaïde and Dahlkvist. To get ahead of Beethoven’s no doubt overwhelming 250th anniversary celebrations in 2020, the Festival includes his last three Piano Trios played by Barry Douglas, Viviane Hagner and Johannes Moser completing the series they began in 2017. To cover late period Beethoven Dénes Várjon will play the massive Hammerklavier Sonata and the Borusan the equally expansive C sharp minor Quartet. And that is just a beginning…
For full details, download the brochure below or visit http://new.westcorkmusic.ie/chamber-music-festival/