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4 / 5 - 15, 2017


Cuarteto Quiroga

Aitor Hevia, violin
Cibran Sierra, violins;
Josep Puchades, viola;
Helena Poggio, cello

"…an evening of expressionistic music that turned into poetry "         La Nueva España

"...exquisite, precise, perfectly balanced, interpretively fresh, consistently couched in warm hues..."  The New York Times

Reviews & Press Clips

Johannes Brahms: String quartet Op. 51, no.1, in c-minor
Robert Schumann: Piano quintet Op. 44, in E-flat major

October 5th, 6th & 7th, 2016
Barcelona: Ibercamera / Palau de la Mu´sica Catalana
Madrid: La Filarmo´nica & CNDM / Auditorio Nacional, Symphony Hall
Lisboa / Great Auditorium, Fundac¸ao Calouste Gulbenkian

"Cuarteto Quiroga is no longer a young promise but has become the standard to compare to. First of all, one is amazed by how luxuriously well-finished everything is: each sound curve, each filigree, no matter how subtle, are carefully polished. Secondly, one must point out the internal cohesion of the ensemble, the perfection of its machinery, assembled with the mastery of a clockmaker. And finally, one should also add the most important thing, the soul of these four performers which combines two consecutive virtues: the concentration of the archer who aims at his target and the channeled passion of the arrow that hits the bull's-eye. The excellence of this quartet is not in the spectacularity, but in the fairness and coherence of its artistic conception"
Pelayo Jardo´n, MUNDOCLA´SICO

"Martha Argerich became a well cared master, as the Cuarteto Quiroga knew where to bring her sound, less intimate than the one offered previously by the quartet in an utterly elegant and refined performance of Brahms' powerful First String Quartet. The monumental, touching second movement of the Schumann quintet made us think that they had played together for years (…) as the quartet knew how to be on a level with the great master, who seemed to feel at home with the Schumann"
Gonzalo Pe´rez Chamorro, RITMO

"A beautiful musical marriage (…) The musicality of the ensemble, its warm sound and the complicity between its members made us enjoy Brahms Opus 51/1 with the stamp of quality and homogeneity. Thanks to the counterpoint and the richness that the Quirogas offered, one could taste the beauty of the symbiosis between the sweet and blended sound of the Spanish quartet and the electrifying, free spirit of the argentine pianist. A musical feast which nailed this immortal masterpiece of chamber music [Schumann]. Ms. Argerich offered herself like an uncut diamond, polished by the sweet voice of the Quirogas, who knew how to rise to the occasion of the majestic challenge of Schumann & Argerich. The 33rd concert season of Barcelona opened with fire, with a concert to remember and which shall not be forgotten."
Jordi Maddaleno, PLATEA MAGAZINE

"Cuarteto Quiroga has become truly remarkable. And you have to be so, in order to grow to the skies, at the hands of Argerich, in a memorable evening with the Schumann quintet."
Alberto Gonza´lez-Lapuente , ABC

"The reading of Brahms by Cuarteto Quiroga was so classic and elegant as the piece itself. The ensemble know well this music -which they have recorded-, they enjoy playing together and one can feel the mutual understanding between the four players since the first attack. The subtleness of the third movement's ending made the public applaud spontaneously (…) and then, they raised again in standing ovation, for long applauses and cries of "bravi!" by the end of the Schumann. One had the feeling to have witnessed a concert which will be hard to forget."
Jose´ Luis Pe´rez de Arteaga, La RAZO´N

"The adventure of Argerich with the Quirogas is awakening passions in their tour with Schumann quintet (…) Yesterday they had Barcelona's Palau gone into ecstasies (…) setting the audience on fire with their expressivity and energy, delivering the music with pure romanticism and freedom."
Marcel Chavarri´a, LA VANGUARDIA

The interpretation of Schumann's Piano Quintet dazzled with the energy, freshness and vigour that the pianist and four quartet players gave it. The dialogues between Argerich and the four members of the group, and the delivery of all the concertante moments that all instruments display throughout the four movements of this great romantic masterpiece, carried the enthusiastic audience shoulder-high towards the apotheosis of the encore."
Ce´sar Lo´pez Rosell, EL PERIO´DICO

"They turned the Brahms quartet into a refined study of textures and sonorities which revealed its ideal role as a bridge between Beethoven and the Second Viennese School (…) It was an extraordinary concert."
Pablo L. Rodri´guez, EL PAI´S

"The quartet managed to offer an austere, somberly passionate climate which is so typical of Brahms. The best, however, came out in the beautiful version of the second movement, delivered with a self-contained emotion with sometimes got close, though cautiously, to pathos. Still, and despite of such a good interpretation, the quartet got on top even more when Argerich, at the piano, became the motor of their Schumann performance, which was splendid: vividly concertante (…) their reading of this great score was round, monumental and fresh at the same time."
Jose Luis Vidal, SCHERZO

"After having enjoyed so much listening separately to one of the living legends of piano and to a world-class string quartet, Schumann favoured a synergy in which the combination becomes unbeatable, because the result is much more than the addition of its parts. (…) An extraordinary evening, one of a kind, in which great personalities of music offered us the best of themselves."
A´lvaro Mene´ndez Granda, CODALARIO


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Cuarteto Quiroga


Cuarteto Quiroga, quartet-in-residence in charge of the Royal Collection of decorated Stradivarius at Madrid's Royal Palace, has established itself as one of the most dynamic and unique quartets of its generation, winning international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for its distinctive style as well as its bold and original approach to the string quartet repertoire.

Prizewinners of several major international string quartet competitions (Bordeaux, Paolo Borciani, Genève, Beijing, Fnapec-Paris, Palau Barcelona), the ensemble regularly appears at main halls and festivals in Europe; Wigmore Hall London, Philharmonie Berlin, Les Invalides Paris, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Doelen Rotterdam, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, HeidelbergerFruhling, Davos Festival, Auditori de Barcelona, Palau de la Musica, Stockholm's Nybrokajen, the Orlando Festival in Holland, and the Americas; Frick Collection New York, National Gallery Washington DC, Teatro Solis Montevideo and Buenos Aires, amongst others. The quartet has been recorded and broadcast by RNE, SWR2, SwedishRadio, BBC3, France Musique, WDR, Rai and MEZZO TV. In 2007, Cuarteto Quiroga was awarded the Spanish National Radio Culture Prize (Premio Ojo Critico).
The quartet frequently collaborates with musicians such as Vladimir Mendelssohn, Valentin Erben, Alain Meunier, Richard Lester, Javier Perianes, Jeremy Menuhn, Tobias Carron, David Kadouch, J.E. Bagaria, Dario Mariño, Chen Halevy, choreographer Hideto Heshiki, theatre director Peter Ries and Spanish actor Jose Luis Gômez.

At present, the ensemble is Quartet-in-Residence at the Fundaciôn Museo Cerralbo in Madrid and at the Miguel Delibes Auditorium in Valladolid. In addition, its four members teach at the International Summer Academy of Uanes (Asturias, Spain) and hold the String Quartet Chair at the Conservatorio Superior de Mtisica de AragOn (Zaragoza, Spain). As a result of its firm commitment to chamber music education,
Cuarteto Quiroga often is invited to teach masterclasses and courses at several major Spanish Conservàtoires as well as the Spanish National Youth Orchestra (JONDE).

During the 2013-2014 season, the quartet returned to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Wigmore Hall in London, toured in Colombia and the US, and performed concerts in Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and Poland. In June of 2014, it completed a 6-concert residency at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, where it performed the entire op20 by Haydn, the six Mozart "Haydn-Quartets" and the complete works for quartet by Kurtag, including a premiere commissioned especially for this concert cycle. 2015-16 highlights include their successful debut at New York's Lincoln Center, performances in Paris London Geneva, Amsterdam, Madrid, Barcelona, Munich, and many more.

It's CD "Statements", recorded by Dutch label COBRA and dedicated to the music of Haydn, Webern and Sollima, was awarded the prize for "Best Classical Music Album 2012" by the Spanish Independent Producers Union and was acclaimed by the international press. The recording "(R)evolutions", dedicated to the early works of the Second Viennese school, is being praised by critics and audiences and has won distinctions such as the "Exceptional" label of Scherzo, Spain's leading magazine for classical music. Its recording of the Brahms String Quartets Opus 51 was released on COBRA in June 2015, and shortly thereafter the piano quintets of Turina and Granados with pianist Javier Perianes was released on Harmonia Mundi. Both Cds have garnered rave reviews.

Since its founding, Cuarteto Quiroga has studied with Professor Rainer Schmidt at the Escuela Superior de MCisica Reina Sofia in Madrid; the ProQuartet-CEMC, Professor Walter Levin at the Musikakademie der Stadt Basel; and Prof. Hatto Beyerle at the European Chamber Music Academy. The quartet has also been influenced by András Keller, Gyorgy Kurtág, Johannes Meissl, Eberhard Feltz and Ferenc Rados.

The group takes its name from the Galician violinist Manuel Quiroga, one of the most outstanding string players in Spanish music history, together with Pau Casals and Pablo Sarasate.

Cibrán Sierra, with the other members of the Quartet, would like to thank Paola Modiano's heirs for the generous opportunity to play, in her memory, the 1682 Nicolô Amati violin "Arnold Rosé".


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