Founded in 1974, the Arditti Quartet is arguably the most acclaimed string quartet in new music. The group has received a myriad of accolades. (Read more...)
For their discography of over 200 albums, they have received multiple Gramophone (“Grammy”) Awards and Deutsche Schallplattenpreisen, and a Coup de Coeur Prize and Grand Prix from the Academie Charles Cros in 2004. The group has played at most major new music festivals worldwide, and is the only ensemble to receive the Ernst von Siemens Prize for lifetime achievement. Beyond recognition for its concerts and recordings, the quartet has played a crucial role in keeping the string quartet alive as a significant medium for music making by working in close collaboration with composers to develop new repertoire.
The quartet be in residence for two week-long periods in Spring 2020 and will do a series of 4 performances, two in each period, at a variety of locations in the region. These concerts will feature repertoire of historical importance written by composers associated with the University at Buffalo's distinguished international history in the creation of new work, including composers formerly engaged as Slee Professors, Creative Associates, PhD students from the composition program at the school, and members of the June in Buffalo artist roster during its 45 year history, Each concert will be at a different local venue in order to reach the widest possible audiences in the region. Venues have not been finalized but could include: Lippes Concert Hall, the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall, the Burchfield Penney Auditorium, performance spaces at the Albright Knox Gallery, the Martin House, the Atrium of the Gates Medical Building, the public and lobby spaces in the Schools of Architecture, and Engineering.
A very important part of the activities to be undertaken during their residency will be a series of workshops wherein new works will be written for the quartet to workshop, as well as coaching student instrumentalists. Students will be recruited and selected from UB, primarily, but opportunities would be available for other regional participation following an open call for work and participants broadcast within the region.