ERNEST CHAUSSON: Concert for Violin, Piano en Stringquartet op. 21 in d

Noé Inui, Vassilis Varvaresos and the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam

An exciting combination: the Dutch Dudok Quartet Amsterdam on one stage with Greek-Japanese violinist Noé Inui and Greek pianist Vassilis Varvaresos, the exuberant and charismatic duo that so often leaves the audience in awe.

The French composer Ernest Chausson (1855-1899) already had completed his law studies before he decided to enroll, 25 years of age, in composition at the Paris Conservatory. He received lessons from, a.o. César Franck, who had a strong influence on him. Chausson’s compositions are often steeped in melancholy and passion. His Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet op. 21 in d was dedicated to the famous Belgian violin virtuoso Eugène Ysaÿe, probably hoping that this would tempt him to perform it at a given moment. And indeed, Ysaÿe did play the piece as a soloist at the première in Brussels in 1892, together with pianist Auguste Pierret and the Ysaÿe Quartet.

In addition to this epic work of Chausson, the Dudok quartet will play a short work before the interval, while Noé Inui and Vassilis Varvaresos will perform the Sonata for Violin and Piano in A by César Franck.

Performers: Noé Inui-Vassilis Varvaresos, an irresistible duo, in their concerts they look like they are one, they have a ‘rapport’ that is felt by everyone in the audience, untill the back of the hall. “Great to experience such a chemistry”, you often hear after their concerts.

The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam received many prizes, both national and international, such as the Kersjesprize, an award annually given to an ensemble of exceptional talent in the Dutch chamber music scene. The quartet furthermore received top prizes in various international string quartet competitions such as Bordeaux (Concours International Quatuor à Cordes) and Weimar (Internationaler Joseph Joachim Kammermusikwettbewerb) The Dudok Quartet is the first Dutch ensemble that was awarded the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2018. The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam is a regular guest in both the Concertgebouw and the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam and performs in venues throughout Europe.

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