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Contact

For availability and general enquiries:

Melanie Moult

Melanie Moult

Associate Director

For contracts, logistics and press:

Fiona Russell

Fiona Russell

Senior Assistant Manager

Representation

General management: Askonas Holt Partner managers: Japan: Yuichi Murakami, Eurassic Tokyo Inc

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About Chiaroscuro Quartet

Formed in 2005, Chiaroscuro Quartet performs music of the Classical and early Romantic periods on gut strings and with historical bows. The Quartet’s unique sound is highly acclaimed by audiences and critics all over Europe.

Recent releases for BIS include Beethoven's Op.18, Mozart's Prussian Quartets and Haydn's Quartets Op.33 (1-3), with future plans featuring Beethoven's Opp. 74 and 130 and the second volume of Haydn's Op.33.

Among the ensemble’s chamber music partners are Kristian Bezuidenhout, Trevor Pinnock, Jonathan Cohen, Christian Poltera and Cédric Tiberghien. Recent engagements include Vienna Konzerthaus, Philharmonie Warsaw, Edinburgh International Festival, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London, Auditorio Nacional de Música Madrid, The Sage Gateshead, Auditorium du Louvre Paris, Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, Boulez Saal and Beethoven Haus Bonn.

The 23/24 season sees them at Wigmore Hall & King’s Place London, Boulez Saal Berlin, Bozar Brussels, Mozarteum Salzburg and on tour to Japan. It also marks the culmination of their residency at Turner Sims Concert Hall.

Chiaroscuro Quartet are grateful to Jumpstart Jr Foundation for the kind loan of the 1570 Andrea Amati violin.

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Representation

General management: Askonas Holt Partner managers: Japan: Yuichi Murakami, Eurassic Tokyo Inc

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Season Highlights

Sep 2024
Wigmore Hall, London
Mozart: String Quartet in Dm K421 Schubert: String Quartet in Am D904 'Rosamunde'
Oct 2024
Weill Hall, New York
Mozart: String Quartet in C K465 'Dissonance' Schubert: String Quartet in G D887
Dec 2024
Auditorium de Lyon
Beethoven: String Quartet in F Op.59/1 'Razumovsky' Beethoven: String Quartet in Em op.59/2 'Razumovsky'

Audio

  • Schubert: "Der Tod und das Madchen" IV Presto
    Credit: BIS Records
  • Schubert: "der Tod und das Madchen" II Andante
    Credit: BIS Records
  • Mozart: String Quartet in C Op.19 K 465
    Credit: Aparte
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Sample Programmes

  • Chiaroscuro Quartet

    Mozart String Quartet in C major, K.465 'Dissonance' Interval Schubert String Quartet in G major, D.887 OR: Purcell Fantasias: No.7 (Z. 738) No.8 (Z. 739) No.11 (Z. 742) Beethoven String Quartet in F minor, Op.95 ‘Serioso’ Interval Schubert String Quartet in D minor, D.810 'Death and the Maiden’ OR: Haydn String Quartet in D minor, Op.9, No.4 Beethoven String Quartet in F major, Op.59, No.1 'Razumovsky' Interval Schubert String Quartet D minor, D.810 'Death and the Maiden' OR: Beethoven String Quartet in E flat major, Op.127 Beethoven String Quartet in E flat major, Op.131 Haydn String Quartets: C major, Op.20, No.2 G minor, Op.20, No.3 D major, Op.20, No.4

  • With Kristian Bezuidenhout or Cedric Tiberghien, fortepiano

    Beethoven String Quartet in F major, Op.56 'Razumovsky' Interval Mendelssohn Prelude & Fugue in E minor (1841) Selection from Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 62 Schumann Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op.44 Or: Mozart String Quartet in C major, K.465 'Dissonance' Mozart Piano Sonata Interval Haydn String Quartet in D major, Op.33, No.6 Mozart Piano Concerto No.12 in A major, K.414

Press

  • Recording: Beethoven String Quartets Vol 3

    BIS records
    Oct 2023
    • The wonderfully paced opening grows steadily in insistence, until it blossoms into melody in a totally unforced way, setting the tone for everything that follows; there seem to be no preconceptions in these performances, everything comes from the music itself.