January 30, 2018 @ 8:15 pm
Lange Voorhout 5
The Hague

“A sonic signature entirely its own,” raved the New York Times, describing Cuarteto Casals’ distinctive range of expression. A prize from the prestigious Burletti- Buitoni Trust in London enabled the quartet to purchase a matching set of Classical period bows which it uses for works from Purcell through Schubert, refining its ability to distinguish between diverse musical styles. In addition, the quartet has been profoundly influenced by its work with living composers, especially György Kurtág, and has given the world premiere of quartets written by leading Spanish composers.

Keen to broaden the string quartet repertoire, Cuarteto Casals will premiere with the Spanish National Orchestra in March 2017 a new concerto for string quartet and orchestra composed by Francisco Coll and has commissioned six pieces to complement each of the programs of its Beethoven cycle, scheduled for its 20th anniversary season in 2017-18.

In recognition of Cuarteto Casals’ unique position as the first Spanish string quartet with a truly international profile, the quartet has been honoured with the Premio Nacional de Música as well as the Premi Nacional de Cultura de Catalunya and the Premi Ciutat Barcelona. Furthermore, the quartet had the privilege to play on the peerless collection of decorated Stradivarius instruments in the Royal Palace in Madrid, where it will begin a residence in 2018.

Cuarteto Casals often appears on television and radio throughout Europe and North America and has been quartet in residence at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne and the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona, where all four members reside.