Combining new and familiar works, the award-winning Leonkoro Quartet plays Haydn, Schubert and Judith Weir.

String Quartet No.32 in C, Op.33 No.3, “The Bird” (30’)
Judith Weir:
String Quartet No.2, “The Spaniard” (Britten Pears Arts and Wigmore Hall co-commission / first performance) (15’)
String Quartet No.9 in G minor, D.173 (25’)

Leonkoro Quartet

Jonathan Schwarz violin
Amelie Wallner violin
Mayu Konoe viola
Lukas Schwarz cello

Main image: Leonkoro Quartet © Nikolaj Lund

Alumni of the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme, the Leonkoro Quartet is one of Europe’s brightest chamber groups. A few bars of Haydn’s playful “Bird” quartet are enough to show how its nickname came about, while Schubert’s Ninth Quartet, written in his “miracle year” of 1815 in which he wrote a wealth of music, is a work of great contrasts. It is 30 years since Judith Weir wrote her first string quartet, and this concert features the first performance of her newly commissioned work, “The Spaniard”.

The Leonkoro Quartet has an enormous stage presence, glows for the music, takes full risks and amazes with its empathy for the respective sound of the pieces