Start: 9 p.m.
Place: Audi museum mobile
Moderation: Alexander Mazza
Pierre Colombet (violin)
Gabriel Le Magadure (violin)
Marie Chilemme (viola)
Raphaël Merlin (cello)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
String quartet no. 2 in G major, op. 18, no. 2
String quartet no. 14 in C-sharp minor, op. 131
This concert of the Audi Sommerkonzerte 2020 is also very special. What is probably the best string quartet on the planet is appearing in Ingolstadt! No classical ensemble is more versatile: Quatuor Ébène can effortlessly transform itself into a jazz band, as the New York Times noted with amazement. The four French musicians play Haydn and Mozart with the same enthusiasm and passion as when they improvise film music. They also like to conclude their concerts by singing a capella as an encore. They met as students at the conservatory of music, dance and theater in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris. That was twenty years ago, and the young musicians of those days became superstars long ago – and originally intended to celebrate their anniversary, in parallel to the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven, with a world tour. The coronavirus forced Quatuor Ébène to re-arrange their “Beethoven Around The World” anniversary tour. In consequence they are coming to Ingolstadt this year for the thirtieth anniversary of the Audi Sommerkonzerte. Beethoven to die for! The performance will present an early and a late string quartet by the great composer: op. 18, no. 2 in G major and op. 131 in C-sharp minor. “Art demands that we do not stand still,” Beethoven once said. He could not have anticipated better the way that Quatuor Ébène see themselves.
Quatuor Ébène: © Julien Mignot