ICC10 // Meet RTE ConTempo String Quartet

We're delighted to welcome the renowned RTE ConTempo String Quartet to perform 8 new works by ICC composers as part of our ten-year anniversary festival.

19:30 // 19th November 2014
Project Arts Centre // Space Upstairs

Tickets €10/7 (conc.)
Groups of 5+ €7
Groups of 10+ €5

For our main evening concert, our new national string quartet bring their unrivalled energy to the Irish Composers Collective for the first time for seven new pieces, a blaze of wild abandon and world class precision.

Expect everything from Ireland meets Bartok to pure music meets pure theatre.

// more about ConTempo

ConTempo String Quartet was formed in 1995 in Bucharest, Romania. Recognised as one of the world’s top string quartets, ConTempo has won a record of 14 international prizes and performed more that 1,000 concerts all over the world in venues including Carnegie Hall NY, Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St John’s Smith Square in London, The Philharmonie in Berlin, Max-Joseph-Saal in Munich, Théâtre Châtelet in Paris, The Opera House in Tel Aviv, Musée des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Geidai Hall in Tokyo, The Waterfront Hall in Belfast, Athenaeum Hall in Bucharest, National Concert Hall in Dublin and The King’s Lynn Festival (where they performed Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for string quartet and orchestra with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).

ConTempo recorded the Adagio from Beethoven’s Opus 131 for Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ television drama Band of Brothers. They composed and performed the music for the Danish silent film The Abyss. The quartet also took part in the documentary Deutschland, Deutschland, an ORF & Sat3 production about Haydn’s and Siegmund Nissel’s lives.

In 1999 they took up a Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music where they taught chamber music classes and worked with some of the most famous quartets in the world: Amadeus, Alban Berg, Hagen, Tokyo and Emerson. Since 2003 they have been Quartet in Residence on the West Coast of Ireland embarking on a unique project, an annual ConTempo Summer Festival, with guest artists such as Emma Johnson, Martin Lovett, Bruno Giuranna, Hugh Tinney, John Feeley and Martin O’Connor.