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
For Van Parys it is not so much the exploration of sound 'as such' that is important, although it obviously plays a role, but rather the sensation that creates the sound effects. Therein lies a fundamental difference: a shift from object to subject. The sensation of her scores is the result of an empirical process, based on meticulous observations of acoustic phenomena. There are the almost mathematical structures, the strict structures in which all aspects (from great shape to the smallest detail) meet the same proportions. She is always looking for a unit within micro- and macro- structures - within which she does not shun the traditional forms, instead embracing these in an unique musical voice.
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.
Founded in 1996 by laureates of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the Diotima Quartet has gone on to become one of the world’s most in-demand ensembles. The name reflects the musical double identity of the group: the word Diotima is a reference to German Romantisism – Friedrich Hölderlin gave the name to the love of his life in his novel Hyperion - while it is also a nod to the music of our time, recalling Luigi Nono’s work Fragmente-Stille, an Diotima. In 2016, the quartet celebrates its 20th birthday.