The University at Buffalo department of music presents the Belcea Quartet, one of Europe’s finest string quartets, to perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in UB’s Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall.
A press release stated, “With the Romanian violinist Corina Belcea, the Korean-Australian Suyeon Kang on second violin, the Polish violist Krzysztof Chorzelski and the French cellist Antoine Lederlin, four different artistic provenances meet and unite to create unique excellence.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster: https://www.ticketmaster.com/slee-visiting-artist-series-belcea-quartet-buffalo-new-york-10-18-2023/event/00005F02D1B88C7B; at the Center for the Arts box office; or at the Slee Hall box office (within the hour before concert time). UB students with a valid ID are entitled to one complimentary ticket (to this and all UB music department concerts). They may pick up that ticket right before the concert.
A press release noted that, from 2017-20, the Belcea Quartet “held the prestigious position of ensemble-in-residence at the Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin. Since then, the quartet has performed there regularly. In addition, the have been part of a shared string quartet series at the Vienna Konzerthaus since 2010. This season, they will be making guest appearances at three prominent European string quartet biennials in Paris, Lisbon and Amsterdam. In addition, the Belcea Quartet will be performing at various esteemed venues, including Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Flagey Brussels, National Concert Hall Dublin, Tonhalle Zurich, and Toppan Hall Tokyo. Their limited U.S. tour includes a performance at New York’s revered Carnegie Hall, the day after their performance at UB’s Slee Hall.”
UB noted, “There has been much interest in recent years in having the Belcea Quartet perform in Buffalo by both UB and The Buffalo Chamber Music Society (BCMS). During the fall season of 2018, these two organizations, as part of their annual concert collaboration, invited the Belcea to Buffalo to perform two concerts. As anticipated, the audiences received these performances with much enthusiasm. In response, the quartet was re-invited by UB and BCMS to perform another pair of concerts in the fall season of 2021.”
Phil Rehard, concert manager of the UB music department, recalled that hearing them for the very first time was “one of the most captivating performances I’ve ever experienced.”
When UB was afforded an opportunity to have them back this fall, there was no hesitation.