We said there would need to be three more concerts to experience the entirety of Beethoven’s string quartets. And that's exactly what the Elias String Quartet is back to accomplish.
About the Quartet
If you were fortunate to attend their previous performances in March 2022, you’re familiar with the world-class Elias String Quartet. However, if you missed them the first time, they take their name from Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Elijah, which translates to Elias in German.
They have quickly established themselves as one of the most intense and vibrant quartets of their generation. Formed in 1998 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK, the quartet was awarded the 2010 BBC Music Magazine’s Newcomer of the Year Award and were nominated in 2013 and 2014 for an RPS Award and in 2014 for an Australian Art Music Award. In 2013, they were also awarded a Mentoring Scholarship from the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn.
The ensemble has performed in some of the most prestigious venues, including Vienna’s Musikverein, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Washington Library of Congress and the Wigmore Hall in London. Not only have they performed in many iconic places, they have also performed with many artists such as Leon Flesicher, Michael Collins, Christian Zacharia, Pascal Moragies, Malin Broman, Jerusalem Quartet, and more.
About the Music
The European quartet formed “The Beethoven Project” to showcase the late composer’s genius. All sixteen Beethoven quartets will be performed in an order selected by the quartet to compare and contrast the composer’s brilliance of his early, middle and late creative periods. This series stretches over six concerts, the first half of which were performed in 2022. Now, the quartet returns in March 2023 to complete the series.
Beethoven historically is known for bridging the classical era of the 18th century and the rise of Romanticism. His work is distinguished by remarkably precise design, vast but tightly controlled energy, and a great intensity of feeling. His legacy of works are some of the most played and most recognizable in the classical tradition.
The three performances take place in our Signature On-Stage seating, meaning there are only 225 total tickets available for each performance. Get close and personal with the performers and witness their craft as they perform music from one of the most celebrated composers in history. There will also be complimentary wine and cheese before each show!
To get the full experience, purchase tickets to all three shows at GBPAC.com/ESQ. We hope you will join us for this classical rollercoaster ride.