Chiaroscuro String Quartet

19:30 on Tuesday, 29th January 2019

Alina Ibragimova and Pablo Hernán Benedí – violins
Emilie Hörnlund – viola
Claire Thirion – cello

BEETHOVEN String Quartet in D major Op.18, No. 3
MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 12
SCHUBERT String Quartet No.14 in D minor, D810

Formed in 2005, the Chiaroscuro Quartet comprises violinists Alina Ibragimova (Russia) and Pablo Hernán Benedí (Spain), the Swedish viola player Emilie Hörnlund and cellist Claire Thirion from France. Dubbed ‘a trailblazer for the authentic performance of High Classical chamber music’ in Gramophone magazine, this international ensemble performs music of the Classical and early Romantic periods on gut strings and with historical bows. The quartet’s unique sound – described in The Observer as ‘a shock to the ears of the best kind’ – is highly acclaimed by audiences and critics all over Europe.