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23 February 2017, 8pm at the Old Divinity School

The Ligeti Quartet, among the most exciting young British ensembles, will perform a programme of modern and contemporary music from around the world, including a piece by Lou Harrison whose centenary is celebrated in 2017.


Ligeti: String Quartet No.1
Christian Mason: Tuvan Songbook
Lou Harrison: Estampie, from String Quartet Set
Fodé Lassana Diabaté: Nana Triban, from Sunjata’s Time
Bartók: String Quartet No.5

About the Ligeti Quartet

Formed in 2010, The Ligeti Quartet is dedicated to performing modern and contemporary music, commissioning new works, and engaging a diverse audience. Comprising graduates from the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and the University of Oxford, the quartet has established a reputation as leading exponents of new music. Beyond their performances at concert halls including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Barbican Hall, Kings Place, and Carnegie Hall, they have also performed in an IMAX Theatre, in museums, galleries, theatres, pubs, on a fishing boat, and on ‘icebergs’ outside the Shell headquarters, as part of a Greenpeace campaign. International festivals include the Osterfestival Tirol (Austria), Pablo Casals Festival (France), Incubate Festival (Netherlands), Musik 21 Nachwuchsfestival (Germany) and ‘HellHot!’ New Music Festival (Hong Kong). In February 2016 they were broadcast on Radio 3’s In Tune.

The Ligeti Quartet are the first holders of the Cambridge Chamber Music Residency within the Cambridge University Faculty of Music. The quartet will be working in particular with graduate composers but will also be performing, coaching and creating events for performers.

The Ligeti Quartet regularly works with artists outside classical music. They have gained a reputation for an innovative approach to new music, through work with performance artists, video, actors and DJs. They also maintain a particular interest in education, regularly leading workshops and recording pieces by student composers. As quartet in residence at the University of Sheffield for 2015-17 and one of four ensembles in the St John’s Smith Square Young Artists Scheme 2015-16, they regularly lead composition workshops, and undertake education and community outreach work in addition to their performances.