TRISKEL QUARTET SERIES Autumn 2018      Saturdays at 1pm

Presented by Triskel Arts Centre in association with the National String Quartet Foundation

with the support of

Saturday September 22nd at 1 - FICINO QUARTET

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Elaine Clark, violin     
Lynda O'Connor, violin
Nathan Sherman, violin
Ailbhe McDonagh, cello

Szymanowski: String Quartet No.1 in C major Op. 37
Janáček: String Quartet No.1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’
Schubert: String Quartet No.14 in D minor D. 810 ‘Death and the Maiden’

 Ficino Ensemble was formed by Artistic Director Nathan Sherman in 2012 as a
flexible group aiming to perform popular chamber music alongside lesser known works that deserve to be appreciated. The Quartet features four outstanding musicans who are building an impressive reputation and an exciting repertoire. Two great early twentieth century quartets by Szymanowski (1917) and Janacek (1923) are complemented in this fascinating programme by Schubert’s masterpiece ‘Death and the Maiden’

Saturday October 20th at 1 - CARDUCCI QUARTET


Matthew Denton, violin
Michelle Fleming, violin
Eoin Schmidt-Martin, viola
Emma Denton, cello
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18
Donnacha Dennehy:    ‘Pushpulling’
Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3 “Mishima”
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80

The versatile and award-winning Anglo-Irish Carducci Quartet was founded in 1997 and has won numerous international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild Competition 2007 and Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition 2004. Their Naxos recordings of Philip Glass’ Quartets have had over six million plays on Spotify and they will play his popular third quartet in this programme alongside two classical masterpieces – Beethoven’s early, stormy, C minor quartet, and Mendelssohn’s late, tragic, F minor quartet. Donnacha Dennehy’s intriguing ‘Pushpulling’ from 2007 completes a compelling programme.

Saturday November 3rd at 1 - CONTEMPO QUARTET & GUESTS


Bogdan Sofei, violin
Ingrid Nicola, violin
Andreea Banciu, viola
Adrian Mantu, cello

with guests

Simon Aspell, viola
Christopher Marwood, cello

Haydn: String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 76 No. 4 ‘Sunrise’
Linda Buckley: 'Haza’, for string quartet and electronics
Brahms: String Sextet in G major Op.36

Formed in Bucharest in 1995, Galway’s Ensemble in Residence since 2003 and RTE’s Resident Quartet since 2013, the multiple award-winning ConTempo Quartet is Ireland’s longest established string quartet. They combine performance of the classical quartet repertoire with a strong commitment to Ireland’s composers. Haydn’s glorious, uplifting ‘Sunrise’ Quartet is contrasted in this programme with Cork composer Linda Buckley’s moving tribute to the great Hungarian composer Bela Bartok. The ConTempo are joined by former members of the Vanbrugh Quartet, Simon Aspell and Christopher Marwood, for Brahms’ magical G major sextet.

Saturday December 8th at 1 - LIR QUARTET

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Mairéad Hickey, violin
Siobhán Doyle, violin
Ed Creedon, viola
Christopher Ellis, cello

Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59 No. 3

Founded for Barry Douglas’ 2017 Clandeboye Festival, the Lir Quartet is one of Ireland’s most exciting chamber groups. They drew a full house at Triskel earlier this year for their sensational Cork debut. Their programme includes Debussy’s lyrical, sensuous string quartet and Beethoven’s third ‘Rasoumovsky’ Quartet, renowned for its fearsome and spectacular virtuosity.