Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique, and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai String Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Its elegant style melts the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, traversing musical genres from traditional Chinese folk music to masterpieces of Western music and cutting-edge contemporary works.
Musicians: Weigang Li (violin), Yi-Wen Jiang (violin), Honggang Li (viola), Nicholas Tzavaras (cello)
Audio Shanghai Quartet: http://shanghaiquartet.com/recordings/
Roeland Hendrikx has a successful dual career as a soloist and an orchestral musician. Roeland Hendrikx, clarinet-solo of the Belgian National Orchestra, has earned the reputation of being one of classical music's finest solo, chamber and orchestral musicians. Before joining the National Orchestra of Belgian in 2003, he was es-clarinet solo at "La Monnaie", the National Opera of Belgium for 6 years.
Roeland appeared as a soloist with several European and North-American orchestras. As a distinguished chamber musician, Roeland Hendrikx has performed at wellknown music festivals in Europe, Japan and the US. He collaborated with fantastic artists and string quartets.
Extra info website.
Audio Roeland Hendrikx: https://www.aulos.be/musicians-instrumental-en/roeland-hendrikx-clarinet
The Shanghai Quartet has a wide repertoire. They almost play every string quartet of Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven Op.18. In consultation with Roeland the quartet proposes the following evening programme:
Mozart string quartet nr. 4 in C KV 157
Beethoven string quartet Opus 18 nr. 6 (26’)
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Brahms Clarinet Quintet in b minor, Op. 115 (38’)
Other musical programmes are of course possible.
Tip: On November 23th 2018 the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki (1933) will reach the age of 85. In 2008 he composed a string quartet for the Shanghai Quartet: Penderecki Quartet No. 3, leaves of an unwritten dairy (commissioned and written for Shanghai Quartet's 25th anniversary) This music piece can be combined with the quartet for clarinet and string trio, composed by Krzysztof Penderecki in 1993.