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Meccore Quartet

Meccore Quartet

Established in 2007, the Meccore String Quartet is one of Poland’s most compelling young ensembles.

For many years they have been a treat for music lovers in Europe and America, and have performed during most important music festivals such as Rheingau Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, L. van Beethoven Easter Festival, Budapest Spring Festival, Heidelberg Frühling Musikfestival, Kissinger Sommer Musikfestival, Festival Radio France Montpellier, Bregenzer Festspiele, as well as in many prestigious concert halls such as the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, Beethovenhaus in Bonn, Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Wigmore Hall in London, Musikverein in Vienna, Frick Collection in New York. In 2014 the ensemble had the honour to perform, as the first ever Polish String Quartet, during the ceremony on Holocaust Remembrance Day in the German Bundestag.

The quartet has received numerous awards during prestigious chamber music competitions. In 2012 and again in 2014 it received the Irene Steels-Wilsing Stiftung award. In April 2012 Meccore won a 2nd prize, as well as awards for the best performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s and Joseph Haydn’s quartets, and for the performance of Brett Dean’s composition at the Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition in London. In 2011 they obtained the Finalist Award and the Special Award at the International String Quartet Competition “Premio Paolo Borciani” in Reggio Emilia. Also in 2011 Meccore String Quartet was nominated for the “Paszport Polityki” Award in the classical music category for their innovative approach to music and for breaking the musical stereotypes. In 2010 the quartet won the 1st place at the International Chamber Music Competition in Weiden (2nd and 3rd prizes were not awarded). In 2009 the musicians were awarded the 1st prize of the Max Reger International Chamber Music Competition in Sonderhausen.

In 2013 Meccore had their CD debut presenting the string quartets of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. The recording was released thanks to the support from Irene Steels-Wilsing Stiftung.

The musicians have accomplished numerous TV and radio recordings for Bayerischer Rundfunk, Rai3, Radio Stephandsom, Radio Merkury and NDR Kultur, ZDF, Phoenix and WQXR. Their performance of Franz Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" for Polish TV Kultura was nominated to the 2011 edition of “Gwarancje Kultury” award.

The quartet was at first tutored by the members of the Camerata Quartet, then, from 2009 until 2014, they studied with the Artemis Quartet at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. In 2012 they were awarded a full scholarship of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and followed their studies at the chamber music master class. Meccore String Quartet further developed their skills by taking part in master classes held by the most prominent artists, such as Gerhard Schulz (Alban Berg Quartet), Cuarteto Casals, Vogler Quartet, Kuss Quartet, Barthold Kuijken, Heime Müller, Antonello Farulli, Peter Cropper (Lindsay String Quartet) at Reggio Emilia String Quartet Festival, Beethovenhaus Masterclass in Bonn, and Jeunesses Musicales in Weikersheim, among others. An important event in the artistic life of the quartet was their participation in the course on interpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven's music held by Alfred Brendel.

The quartet, as well as each of the members individually, are currently receiving scholarships from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as well as from the programme "Young Poland". Through the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the ensemble can fulfil their mission, namely to popularise chamber music in places with limited access to culture, such as hospitals for young people and children.

Since 2010 Meccore String Quartet have been hosting and organizing in Poznan the International Chamber Music Festival "Q'arto Mondi", featuring top quartets from all over the world.

The members of Meccore are also active in the pedagogical field, leading chamber music and violin classes at Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan and Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

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Edvard Grieg: String Quartet Op. 27 Quartet F Major, Fugue

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Forthcoming engagements for Meccore Quartet

20 November 2017: Concert – Wigmore Hall. London, UK
Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) String Quartet No. 1 in C major Op. 37 Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) String Quartet in D minor Op. 56 'Voces intimae'
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Reviews

Grieg String Quartets - MDG 903 1998-6
Hailing from Poland, the Meccore String Quartet are alive to this music's energy with playing of immediacy and bite. Their fortes are full of meaty depth, their pianissimos whisper magically. The SACD sound quality of the recording is excellent, too.
OC, BBC Music Magazine (five stars)

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