Music

Apollon Musagete Quartet: a new generation of chamber musicians

Palais des Beaux-Arts / Henry Le Bœuf Hall (Brussels)
16/01/11

One of the most brilliant and promising groups of musicians of its generation, the Apollon Musagete Quartet will give a concert as part of ‘Rising Stars’, a cycle of concerts organised by the European network ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation),  which aims to give young musicians the chance to showcase their work in the largest European concert halls: Amsterdam’s  Concertgebouw, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle, Cologne and Luxembourg Philharmonic Halls, the Barcelona Auditorium, Athens Concert Hall (Megaron), Birmingham Town Hall, the Wiener Konzerthaus (Vienna Concert House), the Salzburg Mozarteum and, of course, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

The programme for this musical morning, organised as part of Bozarsundays is as follows:
- Franz Schubert, String quartet Nr 14, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden"
- Jacob ter Veldhuis, String quartet Nr 3, "There must be some way out of here"

Price: 8€/11€ with breakfast (Cf conditions HERE)

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The Apollon Musagete Quartet was founded in Vienna in 2006 by four Poles: Paweł Zalejski (violin), Bartosz Zachłod (violin), Piotr Szumiel (viola) and Piotr Skweres (cello).
The group’s unusual name is an homage to a ballet by Igor Stravinsky dating from 1927/28 in which the god Apollon dances with three muses who symbolise, in turn, poetry, rhetoric and dance. Taking their cue from this god and ‘conductor of muses’, the Apollon Musagete Quartet aims to bring together all art forms. 
In 2008, the group’s reputation was enhanced by the award of a first prize and three special prizes at the Munich ARD International Music Competition. This prize was yet another to add to an already impressive trophy cabinet, containing prizes won primarily in Austria and Italy, where they performed to great success. The group also played at London’s Wigmore Hall and the Berlin Philharmonic Hall.
The group finds its musical inspiration not just in the works which it plays, but also in the many collaborators with whom it so enjoys playing. The musicians with whom the group has played to date include: Peter Cropper, Anner Bylsma, Giulano Carmignola and  Ferenz Rados.
In Poland, the quartet has been aided by the award of a grant from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
The first disc by the Apollon Musagete Quartet was released by OEHMS Classics in 2009. It includes works by Haydn, Szymanowski and Brahms.

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Bozarsundays
The aim of the above is to acquaint children with culture in the most suitable way possible. Everything gets going at 10 o’ clock for the unmissable family breakfast (do remember to reserve if you want your requirements to be taken into consideration). At 11:00, the generations divide. Adults can either attend a concert or enjoy a guided tour of an exhibition. 
As for the children (from 3 to 12 years old), they are invited to pay a visit to the bilingual workshop, where, every Sunday, a different activity leader will help them get in touch with their artistic side. 

Programme:
10:00: Breakfast
10:30: Registration for the activity
11:00: Concert/guided tour (approx. one hour)

For more information on Bozarsundays, click HERE.

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