Concert Room, Grove B building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London, NW4 4BT
In this Concerts and Colloquia event, the Afiara Quartet perform Mozart's sublime Clarinet Quintet, one of the most expressive and best-loved of clarinet works composed at the end of Mozart's life for Viennese clarinetist Anton Stadler. Peter Fribbins's passionate and melodic quintet, composed in 2002, will also be performed.
An ensemble for the twenty-first century, the Afiara Quartet is a string quartet defined by its pursuit of beauty, meaning, and growth as musicians and ambassadors for its genre. After residencies at the Juilliard School and San Francisco State University, they are currently Fellowship Quartet at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
The ensemble is winner of the Young Canadian Musicians Award, Concert Artist Guild, Munich ARD, and Banff International String Quartet Competitions, including the latter's Szekely Prize for the best interpretation of Beethoven. The Afiara has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, at such venues as Carnegie Hall's Zankel and Weill Halls, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Library of Congress in DC, London's Wigmore Hall, Austria's Esterhazy Palace, Munich's Prinz Regenten Theatre, Amsterdam's Muziekgebouw, and the Royal Library in Copenhagen. Their relentless pursuit of beauty and discovery is documented in over 25 commissions of new music, new educational outreach initiatives for school children funded by the Ontario Arts Council, and projects with jazz virtuoso Uri Caine, Latin Grammy Award-winning producer Javier Limon, and ground-breaking scratch DJ, Kid Koala.
James Campbell has followed his muse to five television specials, more than 40 recordings, over 30 works commissioned, a Juno Award (Stolen Gems), a Roy Thomson Hall Award, Canada's Artist of the Year, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and Canada's highest honor, the Order of Canada. Called by the Toronto Star "Canada's pre-eminent clarinetist and wind soloist", James has performed solo and chamber music concerts in 30 countries in many of the world's great concert halls: London's Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Tokyo's Suntory Hall and Symphony Hall, Boston. He has been soloist with over 60 orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the London Symphony, the Russian Philharmonic, and the Montreal Symphony and has performed Copland's Clarinet Concerto four times with Copland conducting.
Complimentary tickets are available for Middlesex students to attend the Afiara Quartet's concert on Sunday 1 November (6.30pm) at Kings Place, London, where they will perform the same programme along with Mendelssohn's String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13. Please email Peter Fribbins to reserve your ticket.
Concerts and Colloquia is a free series of music events. All events are open to the public and followed by refreshments.There is no need to book tickets but for further information please contact Ben Hulme.