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FOR RELEASE IN MAY 2016, AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER ON iTUNES
The new Hyperion CD of the Takács Quartet soon to be released is available for pre-order on iTunes. The Takács performs Frank's Piano Quintet featuring pianist Marc-André Hamelin, and Claude Debussy's String Quartet in G minor.
GRAMMY-NOMINATED TAKÁCS PERFORMS AT 58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY SHOW
"BEETHOVEN FOR A LATER AGE – THE JOURNEY OF A STRING QUARTET"
The Takács Quartet's first violinist, Edward Dusinberre, has written a book, "Beethoven for a Later Age - the Journey of a String Quartet", that has just been published by Faber in the U.K. to strong reviews. The book will be published in the U.S. by the University of Chicago Press in May, 2016"
THE ECONOMIST – February 6, 2016
"'Mr Dusinberre is the lead violinist of the Takacs Quartet, one of the
world’s most highly regarded string ensembles, and he has written a fascinating book about the musical life of this group of players. Interwoven with that is the story of Beethoven’s 16 string quartets..."
THE FINANCIAL TIMES – January 22, 2016
"All this is in Edward Dusinberre’s deceptively compact book. But his main theme lies elsewhere: at the tender age of 25, Dusinberre was hired fresh out of college to take over as first violin of the Takács Quartet, an international ensemble at the top of its game." – Richard Fairman
THE TELEGRAPH – January 14, 2016
"In this brief but beguiling book, Edward Dusinberre ... takes us inside the complexity of [Beethoven's] masterpieces - elucidating the history of their creation and explaining, with the minimum of technicality, the challenges they pose to performers and audience .... The glimpse Dusinberre gives us of their working is fascinating ..." – Rupert Christiansen
TAKÁCS NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY
The Takács Quartet has been nominated for a Grammy Award for their 2015 recording of the Shostakovich Piano Quintet (with Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano) and the Shostakovich String Quartet No. 2 on the Hyperion Label.
TAKÁCS & MERYL STREEP PERFORM IN TORONTO
The Takács Quartet and Meryl Streep performed Philip Roth's "Everyman" program this week at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto The concert was an enormous success. They performed this program with Meryl Streep last season at Princeton, and in 2007, performed it with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman at Carnegie Hall.
OCTOBER 2015 RELEASE: SMETANA No. 1 & JANÁČEK No. 1 & No. 2
The new Hyperion CD of the Takács Quartet performing Smetana's Quartet No. 1 and Janáček's Quartet No. 1 (The Kreutzer Sonata) and Quartet No. 2 (Intimate Letters) has already received high praise from The London Guardian.
SHOSTAKOVICH CD RELEASED TO RAVE REVIEWS
Released on the Hyperion label in March, 2015: the Takacs Quartet performing the Shostakovich Piano Quintet with pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin and the Shostakovich String Quartet No. 2.
"The great Soviet composer's dhamber music is new to the discography of the Takacs, arguably the world's most versatile string quartet. Here they strike up a tingling rapport with one of Hyperion's 'house' pianists: sparks fly between the French Canadaian and the British/Hungarian string players, especially in a sizzling Scherzo and witt Allegretto Finale. The turbulent A major Quartet make one hanker for more".
— The Sunday Times
TAKACS QUARTET/GARRICK OHLSSON
The Takacs tours with pianist Garrick Ohlsson in April 2016, performing the Elgar Piano Quintet. The tour includes a performance at Carnegie Hall.
MERYL STREEP, TAKÁCS QUARTET & PHILIP ROTH 10.17.2015
Takács Quartet takes a bow with Meryl Streep after their "Everyman" performance at Princeton University on September 19, 2014. They perform the program again on October 17, 2015 at the Royal conservatory of Music in Toronto.
2016-2017: TAKACS BEETHOVEN CYCLES/NEW BOOK
During the 2016-2017 season, the Takacs will perform the complete six-concert Beethoven Quartet Cycles at London's Wigmore Hall, Princeton, the University of Michigan and UC Berkeley. In advance of these cycles Takacs first violinist Edward Dusinberre's book, Beethoven For a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet, will be published by Faber and Faber in January, 2016 and by the University of Chicago Press in May, 2016. The book takes the reader inside the life of a string quartet, melding music history and memoir as it explores the circumstances surrounding the composition of Beethoven's quartets.
TAKÁCS STRING QUARTET AWARDED THE WIGMORE HALL MEDAL
John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall, awarded the Takács String Quartet with the Wigmore Hall Medal on Saturday 10 May. The Medal, inaugurated in 2007, recognises major international artists and significant figures in the classical music world who have a strong association with the Hall.
TAKÁCS INDUCTED INTO GRAMOPHONE HALL OF FAME
In May, 2012, Gramophone Magazine announced that the Takács Quartet 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.
TAKÁCS NAMED ASSOCIATE ARTISTS AT WIGMORE HALL
John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall, announced that from the 2012-13 season, the
Takács Quartet will be Associate Artists at the Hall.
COMMANDER'S CROSS AWARD TO TAKÁCS FROM REPUBLIC OF HUNGARY
The Takács Quartet has been awarded the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary. The award, made by Hungarian President Lászl Slyom, was announced by H.E. Gyorgy Szapáry, Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary to the United States on March 15, Hungary's national holiday.
TAKÁCS RECEIVES ROYAL PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY AWARD
The Takács Quartet received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award in the Chamber Music & Song Category for their performances of Beethoven's complete string quartets in the United Kingdom during 2010.
UC 2010 BFA FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARDS
The members of the quartet are honored to have received the University of Colorado’s 2010 Faculty Excellence Awards for Excellence in Research, Scholarly and Creative Work.