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Overview

The Takács Quartetnow entering its forty-third season, is renowned for the vitality of its interpretations. The New York Times recently lauded the ensemble for “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more”, and the Financial Times described a recent concert at the Wigmore Hall: “Even in the most fiendish repertoire these players show no fear, injecting the music with a heady sense of freedom. At the same time, though, there is an uncompromising attention to detail: neither a note nor a bow-hair is out of place.” Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, the Takács Quartet performs eighty concerts a year worldwide.

In Europe during the 2017-2018 season, in addition to their four annual appearances as Associate Artists at London's Wigmore Hall, the ensemble returns to Copenhagen, Vienna, Luxembourg, Rotterdam, the Rheingau Festival and the Edinburgh Festival.  They perform twice at Carnegie Hall, presenting a new Carl Vine work commissioned for them by Musica Viva Australia, Carnegie Hall and the Seattle Commissioning Club. In 2017, the ensemble joined the summer faculty at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. They return to New Zealand and Australia, perform at Tanglewood with pianist Garrick Ohlsson, at the Aspen Festival, and in over forty other concerts in prestigious North American venues.  They will also tour with pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin. The latest Takács recording, to be released by Hyperion in September 2017, features Dvorák's viola quintet, Opus 97 (with Lawrence Power) and String Quartet, Opus 105.

They became the first string quartet to win the Wigmore Hall Medal in May, 2014. The Medal, inaugurated in 2007, recognizes major international artists who have a strong association with the Hall. Recipients so far include Andras Schiff, Thomas Quasthoff, Menachem Pressler and Dame Felicity Lott. In 2012, Gramophone announced that the Takács was the only string quartet to be inducted into its first Hall of Fame, along with such legendary artists as Jascha Heifetz, Leonard Bernstein and Dame Janet Baker. The ensemble also won the 2011 Award for Chamber Music and Song presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London.

The Takács records for Hyperion Records, and their releases for that label include string quartets by Haydn, Schubert, Janáček, Smetana, Debussy and Britten, as well as piano quintets by César Franck and Shostakovich (with Marc-André Hamelin), and viola quintets by Brahms (with Lawrence Power). Future releases for Hyperion include the Dvořák disc with Lawrence Power, the Dohnanyi Piano Quintets with Marc-André Hamelin, and piano quintets by Elgar and Amy Beach with Garrick Ohlsson. For their CDs on the Decca/London label, the Quartet has won three Gramophone Awards, a Grammy Award, three Japanese Record Academy Awards, Disc of the Year at the inaugural BBC Music Magazine Awards, and Ensemble Album of the Year at the Classical Brits.

The members of the Takács Quartet are Christoffersen Faculty Fellows at the University of Colorado Boulder and play on instruments generously loaned to them by a family Foundation. The Quartet has helped to develop a string program with a special emphasis on chamber music, where students work in a nurturing environment designed to help them develop their artistry.  The Takács is a Visiting Quartet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

The Takács Quartet was formed in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest by Gabor Takács-Nagy, Károly Schranz, Gabor Ormai and András Fejér, while all four were students. It first received international attention in 1977, winning First Prize and the Critics’ Prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. The Quartet also won the Gold Medal at the 1978 Portsmouth and Bordeaux Competitions and First Prizes at the Budapest International String Quartet Competition in 1978 and the Bratislava Competition in 1981. The Quartet made its North American debut tour in 1982. Violinist Edward Dusinberre joined the Quartet in 1993 and violist Roger Tapping in 1995. Violist Geraldine Walther replaced Mr. Tapping in 2005. In 2001 the Takács Quartet was awarded the Order of Merit of the Knight’s Cross of the Republic of Hungary, and in March of 2011 each member of the Quartet was awarded the Order of Merit Commander’s Cross by the President of the Republic of Hungary.

"This is chamber music playing of overwhelming intensity...simply the best I have ever heard in concert."

-Guardian

Takács Quartet

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Program

Mozart: Quartet in G Major, K. 387
Dohnányi: Quartet in D-flat Major, Op. 15
Beethoven: Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131

 

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Richard Freedman

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Takács Quartet

Date: Friday, March 10, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Haydn: Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2, Hob. III:82
Beethoven: Quartet in F Major, Op. 135
Ravel: Quartet in F Major

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Jonathan Coopersmith.

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Takács Quartet w/ Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Beethoven: Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3
Webern: Langsamer satz
Elgar: Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84

Reserve Free Tickets to a pre-concert panel discussion at 6:15 pm as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA).

String Theory: Exploring the Nature, Craft and Soul of Musical Instruments delves into the material culture of music, exploring the relationship between the things we create and their identity as independent artistic enablers.  Allen Roda, Professor of Music at New York University and enthomusicology expert, Yumi Kendall, Assistant Principal Cellist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Nick Kendall, the violinist from the popular cross-over group Time for Three, will discuss the identity of instruments as autonomous and dynamic agents, and the part they play in the interpretation of music.

Part one of the project will take place before Benjamin Beilman's violin recital on Friday, April 8th at 6:15 pm.

Produced in partnership with the Kimmel Center as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

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Takács Quartet

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Haydn: Quartet in C Major, Op. 76, No. 3, Emperor
Debussy: Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10
Beethoven: Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1

 

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture at 6:45pm with Suhnne Ahn

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Takács Quartet

Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Shostakovich: Quartet No. 2, Op. 68
WebernSechs Bagatellen, Op. 9
WebernFí¼nf Sätz, Op. 5
Beethoven: Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132

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Takacs Quartet w/ Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Schubert: Quartet in A Minor, D. 804, “Rosamunde”
Britten: Quartet No. 3, Op. 94
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57

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Takács Quartet

Date: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Janacek: Quartet No. 1, “Kruetzer Sonata”
Britten: Quartet in D Major, Op. 25
Ravel: Quartet in F Major

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Takács Quartet

Date: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Schubert: Quartet in C Minor, D. 703, “Quartettsatz”
Haydn: Quartet in F Major, Op. 74, No. 2, Hob. III:73
Kellogg: Soft Sleep Shall Contain You: A Meditation on Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” [Philadelphia Premiere]
Schubert: Quartet in D Minor, D. 810, “Death and The Maiden”

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Takacs Quartet

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Schumann: Quartet in F Major, Op. 41, No. 2
MacMillan: Quartet No. 3 [Philadelphia Premiere]
Beethoven: Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2, “Razumovsky”

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Takács Quartet

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 8:00 PM

Location: Private: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Bartók: Quartet No. 3
Beethoven: Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1
Bartók: Quartet No. 6, Op. 11

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Takács Quartet

Date: Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 3:00 PM

Location: Private: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Haydn: Quartet in F Major, Op. 74, No. 2, Hob. III:73
Bartók: Quartet No. 5
Beethoven: Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, “Razumovsky”

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Takács Quartet

Date: Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 3:00 PM

Location: Private: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Debussy: Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10
Shostakovich: Quartet in F Minor, Op. 122
Brahms: Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2

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Takács Quartet

Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2006 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Mozart: Quartet in C Major, K. 465, “Dissonant”
Bartók: Quartet No. 3
Schubert: Quartet in D Minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden”

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Takács Quartet

Date: Sunday, March 23, 2003 -

Location: Private: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Haydn: Quartet in C Major, Op. 54, No. 2, Hob. III:57
Tan: Quartet [Philadelphia Premiere]
Beethoven: Quartet in C­-sharp Minor, Op. 13

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Takács Quartet

Date: Friday, April 7, 2000 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Haydn: Quartet in D Major, Op. 20, No. 4, Hob. III:34
Sheng: String Quartet No. 3
Beethoven: Quartet in B-­flat Major, Op. 130, with the GroíŸe Fugue, Op. 13

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Takács Quartet

Date: Friday, April 19, 1996 - 8:00 PM

Location: Centennial Hall, Haverford College,

Beethoven: Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5
Beethoven
: Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2, “Razumovsky”
Beethoven
: Quartet in F Major, Op. 135

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Takács Quartet

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 1992 - 8:00 PM

Location: Private: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Haydn: Quartet in B­flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4, Hob. III:78, “Sunrise”
BartókQuartet No. 3
Schubert: Quartet in D Minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden

Philadelphia Inquirer

“The Takács' performance was a marvel of lightness and muscle, rhythmic pulse and grace.”

Guardian

“This is chamber music playing of overwhelming intensity...simply the best I have ever heard in concert.”

Boston Globe

“The Takács Quartet stands at the peak of its powers - at the peak of its profession. ”

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