The Zehetmair Quartet takes a unique approach to performance: learning a new programme each year and playing entirely from memory. It’s a method that makes their concerts exceptionally vivid and invigorating and communicates the music’s meaning without the barrier of sheet music. That thrill of new discovery continues to their listeners.
Founded in 1994 by the exceptional violin soloist (and conductor) Thomas Zehetmair, the Quartet has been praised worldwide for its finesse and drama. The group has given several acclaimed International Festival recitals in recent years.
They bring together two much-loved chamber works, both of them complementary yet contrasting. Written the same year and published together, Brahms’s two Op 51 Quartets are like dissimilar siblings with two different personalities, although clearly born out of the same creative imagination. The First is terse and tragic, contrasting churning emotions with gentle lyricism. The Second, by contrast, is on a grander scale, with a flashing Hungarian folk dance in its rollicking finale.
Venue: Old College Quad - University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
Our Old College Quad outdoor venue is home to our afternoon chamber music series, a session of traditional Scottish music, five nights of inspirational spoken word and unmissable late night cabaret.
Our outdoor venues are covered, but you should come dressed appropriately for the weather, including suitable footwear for walking across grass.
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