Italy’s young Maurice string quartet has devoted itself to the newest repertoire, and to high praise. So it was high time to get them to Transit, where they also will be performing the world premiere of the new string quartet by Daan Janssens, along with a more recent classic – the fourth quartet by the late Jonathan Harvey, with his typically transcendent, subtle blending of strings and live electronics.
Jonathan Harvey: String Quartet n°4
Daan Janssens (premiere)
Daan Janssens (1983) studied composition with Frank Nuyts, Godfried-Willem Raes and Filip Rathé at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent, where he has been teaching composition and orchestration himself since 2016. Throughout the years, he has worked with renowned national and international ensembles as well as soloists, and has built up an intense collaboration with LOD muziektheater. He is currently working on his third opera, Brodeck, after a novel by Philippe Claudel, again in collaboration with Fabrice Murgia and commissioned by LOD (2021-2023).
Website Daan Janssens
English composer Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012) wrote music in many genres and was present at the cutting edge of music. He is not only known as a composer of inspirational choral music but is also known for his four quartets commissioned by the Arditti Quartet, which are internationally performed. His skill at combining electronic sounds with live instruments was another one of his great achievements.
Website Jonathan Harvey
Since its formation in 2002, a constant and tireless research on sound has characterized Quartetto Maurice. Music of the 20th and 21st centuries is at the heart of its repertoire. Quartetto Maurice is active in promoting new music through commissions to young composers, keeping an open mind to the complexity of the contemporary music panorama.
The 4+1 project – where 4 stands for the string quartet and 1 is for electronics – highlights the quartet’s conviction to consider electronics as its full fifth member.
Website Quartetto Maurice