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Lancaster International Concert Series - Skampa Quartet

02/24/2004 14:22:13

The excellent Skampa Quartet will bring the Lancaster Concerts Series spring season to a close in The Great Hall, Lancaster University on Thursday 18th March. Founded in 1989 at the Prague Academy the Skampa Quartet has firmly established itself on the international chamber music circuit.

The Quartet made its debut in February 1993 at Wigmore Hall, an appearance that won them the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for the best debut of that year. A year later Wigmore Hall appointed the Sˇkampa Quartet as its first artists-in-residence, a highly successful collaboration which lasted five years.

The Skampa Quartet performs regularly throughout Europe, America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand at prestigious venues including the Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Dvorák Hall in Prague.

The quartet enjoys collaborating with other artists and has worked with outstanding concert performers including Josef Suk, Nikolai Demidenko, Kathryn Stott, Melvyn Tan and John Williams. They regularly broadcast on BBC Radio and their Wigmore Hall BBC lunchtime concert with Melvyn Tan was chosen to be the first CD in a series of “Live from Wigmore Hall” recordings on the BBC Worldwide label.

"It has the smoothness and virtuosity favored by modern string quartets, but it also inherits an older Central European tradition of string playing, one is which music is as warmly inflected as a conversation." New York Times

Box Office 0800 028 3042. Tickets: £12.50, £10 (£10 £7.50 concs.) Young person £5

Pavel Fischer Violin

Jana Lukásˇová Violin

Radim Sedmidubsk Viola

Lukas Polak Cello

Mozart Adiago and Fugue in C minor K.546

Martinu String Quartet No.7

Suk ‘Meditation on St Wenceslas Chorale’

Smetana String Quartet No.2 in D minor