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ConTempo Quartet

Bogdan Sofei - violin
Ingrid Nicola - violin
Andreea Banciu - viola
Adrian Mantu - cello

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aboutINTRODUCTION

The RTE Contempo Quartet is currently Ireland’s National Television & Radio Broadcaster’s Quartet in Residence and is also the resident quartet on the West Coast of Ireland in the Galway Music Residency. Praised as a “fabulous foursome” (Irish Independent) and noted for performances which are “exceptional” (The Strad) and “full of imaginative daring” (The Irish Times), RTÉ ConTempo Quartet has forged a unique place in Irish musical life.

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ConTempo Quartet
Music for Galway Festival 2010

Schumann : String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 No. 3 - III. Adagio molto

Boccherini
Live from Galway Arts Festival - St. Nicholas, July 2005

Boccherini: Cello Quintet in C Major - IV. Rondo
with Martin Lovett, cello

ConTempo Quartet
Music for Galway Festival 2011

Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D 956 - II. Adagio
with Eugen Mantu, cello

Constantinescu
Recording from the UK premiere - Wigmore Hall, London - May 2000

Constantinescu: "Concerto for string quartet" (1947) - III. Finale (presto)

Biography

Biography ConTempo Quartet

The RTE ConTempo Quartet is currently Ireland’s National Television & Radio Broadcaster’s Quartet in Residence and is also the resident quartet on the West Coast of Ireland in the Galway Music Residency. Praised as a “fabulous foursome” (Irish Independent) and noted for performances which are “exceptional” (The Strad) and “full of imaginative daring” (The Irish Times), RTÉ ConTempo Quartet has forged a unique place in Irish musical life.

Since its formation in Bucharest in 1995, the quartet has performed more than 1,800 concerts world-wide in 46 countries, including prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall; Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris; St Martin-in-the-Fields; Berliner Philharmonie; Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome; Carnegie Hall and the Opera House Tel-Aviv. ConTempo have had the honour to meet and play in front of world personalities such as Prince Charles, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, EU Ministers, Michael D. Higgins, Hollywood stars and Nobel Prize winners.

The ensemble has won a record of 14 international prizes (including Munich, Rome, Berlin, Prague and London) and worked alongside artists of the highest calibre including Emma Johnson, Yuko Inoue, Hugh Tinney, Chen Zimbalista, Jérôme Pernoo, Peter Donohue and Martin Roscoe. Collaborations with other distinguished quartets have also been a feature, such as the Amadeus, Arditti, Vanbrugh, Casals and Endellion.

Filmmaker Bob Quinn produced a documentary on ConTempo's residency in Galway, "ConTempo Goes West", which was premiered at the Galway Film Festival. The quartet has participated in numerous television and radio broadcasts in England (where they recorded quartets by Shostakovich, Debussy, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Bartók and Constantinescu for the BBC), France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Romania and Ireland.

ConTempo recorded the Adagio from Beethoven's Opus 131 for Steven Spielberg & Tom Hanks’ television drama "Band of Brothers" and for Sony. 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.

Programmes

Programme proposals
  • Programme I
    Bartók: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17
    Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 ‘Serioso’
    Brahms: String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67

  • Programme II
    Arriaga: String Quartet No. 1 in D minor
    Boccherini: Guitar Quintet No. 4 in D major ‘Fandango’
    Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
    Sor: Etudes, for guitar and string quartet
    Turina: "La Oración del Torero”, Op. 34
    Dyens: Tango & Skaï, for guitar & string quartet

  • Programme III
    Mozart: Concerto for piano & string quartet in A major, KV 414
    Schumann: String Quartet No. 3 in A major, Op. 41 No. 3
    Mozart: Adagio & Fugue in C minor, KV 546
    Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44

  • Programme IV
    Haydn: String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 76 No. 4 ‘Sunrise’
    Piazzolla: Grand Tango & Five Tango Sensations (with accordion)
    Haydn: String Quartet in C major, Op. 76 No. 3 ‘Emperor’
    Piazzolla: Five Pieces, for accordion & string quartet

  • programme V
    Reich: "Different Trains for String Quartet and Tape”
    Glass: "Company"
    Crumb: "Black Angels" for electric string quartet
    (with or without visual projections)

  • programme VI
    Mozart: Adagio & Fugue in C minor, KV 546
    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, KV 581
    Golijov: "The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind" for klezmer clarinet & string quartet