In a short time, the Diotima Quartet has distinguished itself as one of the most outstanding interpreters of the contemporary string-quartet repertoire. It was high time to invite them to Leuven. They’ll play an impressive new quartet written for them by Enno Poppe, flanked by Gérard Pesson, whose oeuvre they recently recorded, and the very first string quartet by Annelies Van Parys. Believe us when we say that this autumn, there’s nowhere you’ll hear 16 strings sounding better than here.
Enno Poppe, Alberto Posadas, Annelies Van Parys (premiere)
Pauline Driesen, 17:00
Enno Poppe was born on December 30, 1969, in Hemer, Germany. He studied conducting and composition at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin with Friedrich Goldmann and Gösta Neuwirth, among others. Additionally, he studied sound synthesis and algorithmic composition at the Technische Universität Berlin and at the ZKM Karlsruhe. As a conductor, Enno Poppe regularly performs with Klangforum Wien, Ensemble musikFabrik and Ensemble Resonanz. Since 1998 he also is the chief conductor of ensemble mosaik. Enno Poppe taught composition at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, at Darmstädter Ferienkursen für Neue Musik and at Impuls Akademie (Graz).
Annelies Van Parys
Annelies Van Parys (1975) is one of the leading composers in Belgium. She writes solo and chamber music as well as large orchestral compositions. Since 2007, as composer in residence at Muziektheater Transparant, she has written many works for music theatre. A genre for which she has a strong penchant.
Website Annelies Van Parys
Alberto Posadas was born in Valladolid in 1967. It was there that he began his musical training, which he continued and concluded in Madrid. In 1988 he became acquainted with Francisco Guerrero, with whom he studied composition and whom he regarded as his most important mentor. The meeting represented an important turning point in his career. It was while studying under Guerrero that he discovered new techniques with which to shape musical forms. In an autodidactic manner, he explores the possibilities inherent in electronic music. Since 2006, he has worked at IRCAM on projects with live electronics in connection with other artistic fields such as video and dance.
Quatuor Diotima, a fixture in the quartet world, is especially well known among connoisseurs of 20th and 21st century music. Ten years ago, the quartet made a huge splash with their CD American Music. Since then their sound has become even more intense. We’re all waiting to hear what this approach brings to The Sinking of the Titanic, the minimalist masterpiece that the quartet is working on especially for this occasion.