The uniqueness of its innovative projects and the strong personality of its artistic director, Fahmi Alqhai, have made of Accademia del Piacere a vanguard group in Spanish early music and one of the leading ensembles of this kind in Europe. Accademia is especially appreciated for the group’s fascinating and direct communication to its audience, and its conception of historical music as being alive and full of emotions, an idea conveyed by the group’s musicians to their spectator from the heart.
Le Lacrime di Eros – music of the Italian Seicento, Amori di Marte - centered on Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Les violes du Ciel et de l’Enfer - French chamber music in the court of Louis XIV and Rediscovering Spain - which revives the passionate world of improvisation in Spain in the 1600s, are only some of their personal project conceptions.
In 2011, Accademia del Piacere moved the world of historical music, presenting Las Idas y las Vueltas, an incursion into the world of flamenco and its relationship with baroque music, in collaboration with flamenco vocalist Arcángel.
ACCADEMIA DEL PIACERE
Territory: Austria, Eastern Europe
Established in 1989, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has developed an undisputed reputation as one of the world's great ensembles. Called “witty, buoyant, and wickedly attentive” (The Gazette, Montreal), with a “peerless” sense of ensemble (Financial Times, London), the quartet is celebrated for its “smoldering intensity” (Washington Post), and “flexibility, dramatic fire and… hint of rock 'n' roll energy” (LA Times). SLSQ performs around the world and has served as Ensemble-in-Residence at Stanford University since 1998.
The St. Lawrence continues to build its reputation for imaginative and spontaneous music-making through an energetic commitment to the great established quartet literature, as well as the championing of new works by such composers as John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Ezequiel Vinao, and Jonathan Berger. Of their collaborations with Adams, the Washington Post asserted “If good relationships are built on trust, the bond between the St. Lawrence String Quartet and composer John Adams is a marriage made in chamber music heaven.”
The Quartet will be back in Europe during the 2016/17 season, with concerts in Milano, Turin, Meran, Paris, London, Eindhoven, Utrecht and Amsterdam, presenting the European premiere of John Adam’s second string quartet, a co-commission of the Wigmore Hall in London, Standford Lively Arts and the Library of Congress in Washington.
ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET