Diotima Quartet

The second round of the cycle SERIES 20/21, of the National Dissemination Center Musical (CNDM), will present on Monday 24 October in the Auditorium 400 of the Reina Sofia Museum one of the quartets dedicated to the music of today's most respected internationally: he Diotima Quartet. On this visit to Madrid, which it is part of the tour celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the group, also they pay tribute to Henri Dutilleux, one of the great names of French composition, interpreting his only string quartet, Thus the night, to commemorate the centenary of his birth. Although almost all compositions are instrumental only Dutilleux has in its catalog this string quartet, custom work of Koussevitzky Foundation and the Library of Congress. premiered on 6 of January of 1977 in Paris, this classic genre has captivated those analysts who have crumbled bar by bar. To accompany this work will ring two pieces of Alberto Posadas, one of them, the quintet the reflection of the shadow premiere in Spain and with clarinetist José Luis Estellés like invited. This time will be the third time the prestigious French group is part of the CNDM programming focuses on contemporary music and the second which premieres a work by the composer vallisoletano. Access is free while the capacity of the room and all concerts of this cycle.

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Founded in 1996 by graduates at the Conservatory of Music in Paris, Diotima Quartet is one of the most popular formations by the current international scene. Its name reflects the dual musical identity of the group: Diotima word is a reference to German Romanticism -Friedrich Hölderlin gave that name to the woman of his life in his novel Hyperion- although it is also a nod to the music of our time, recalling the work of Luigi Nono Fragmente-Stille, an Diotima.

The quartet has been a privileged partner of many important composers like Lachenmann, Ferneyhough, Boulez Y Hosokawa and performs numerous commissions to outstanding authors from all continents as Tristan Murail, Alberto Posadas, Gérard Pesson, Rebecca Saunders, Emmanuel Nunes, James Dillon O Pascal Dusapin. While it is maintaining an unconditional dedication to contemporary music, it is not limited to this repertoire. To jointly set great classics with new music today, concerts bring a new look on the works of the great composers, in particular, Bartók, Debussy Y Ravel, the last quartets of Beethoven and Schubert, composers of the Vienna School, and also Janácek.

The ensemble has performed regularly on the international stage and in major European festivals and concert cycles (Philharmonie and the Konzerthaus Berlin, Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, Cité de la Musique de París, Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre in London and Vienna Konzerthaus among others). Besides offering extensive tours regularly United States, Asia and South America, artistas in his residencia en el Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord of París desde 2012 a 2016.
His interpretations receive international critical acclaim, especially in Germany (for his Concerto for Quartet and Orchestra Schoenberg), in Spain and in France, where his discography has been awarded five "Diapason D'Or", two of which they received the "Diapason d'Or de l'année" for his recordings of works by Lachenmann and Nono in 2004 and works of American composers Crumb, Reich and Barber 2011.

His album with George Onslow -released Quartets by Naïve in 2009- was a huge success in the critics (Diapason "CD del mes" y "Diapason D'Or" 2010, "It 'Scherzo de ...) and consolidated its relationship exclusively with that label in a long-term collaboration and successful. further, Seal invitation Megadisc, the quartet made in 2015 a highly valued Livre pour quatuor recording of Pierre Boulez, revised by himself, which he received the "ffff" of Télérama and "Choc de l'année" magazine Classica.

In 2016 Diotima celebrates 20 his formative years with several special recordings: a chest of 5 CDs dedicated to the Second Viennese School (integral de Schoenberg, Berg y Webern) and the launch of a series of portraits of contemporary composers, the first of which is dedicated to Miroslav Srnka, to be followed by a monograph Gérard Pesson in collaboration with the WDR Symphony Orchestra. Besides these two recording projects, the next few years will be full of commitments for the quartet, including the complete Beethoven-Schoenberg-Boulez cycle at the Wien Modern Festival, concerts in various countries with the premiere of the new Enno Poppe quartet (Witten days for new music, Festival de Huddersfield, November Music’s-Hertogenbosch, Leuven Transit Festival, Paris Autumn Festival), Bartók's comprehensive string quartets in one night at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris and four international tours through South America, Japan, United States and the group's first tour in Russia.

The Diotima Quartet receives support from the DRAC (Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs) y the Center-Val de Loire region, in addition to periodic aid from the French Institute, Spedidam, New Music in Freedom, FCM (The Fund for Musical Creation), the Adami Society, as well as private patrons. The quartet is currently formed by violinists Yun-Peng Zhao and Constance Ronzatti, the violist Franck Chevalier and the cellist Pierre Morlet.


The National Orchestra and Choir of Spain, in collaboration with the Reina Sofia Museum, has scheduled for next weekend a new session of its Mini concerts. One of the characteristics of these concerts-hence its name- is that last for half an hour. Every day two sides are scheduled and the viewer can attend one or both. After each performance, the public can also enjoy sets of electronic music in the cafeteria of the Museum may choose to also visit the temporary exhibitions.

After the performances organized late last March with music Philip Glass, Max Richter O Antonio Vivaldi, this time the program focuses on figures J.S. Bach and the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and will allow to attract new audiences to classical music and contemporary.


Saturday 16 mayo, 2015 audience 400. Edificio Nouvel

Bach & Pärt

part I, 20:00 h

Ivan Martin, director / piano
Johann Sebastian Bach, Piano Concerto, in most, BWV 1055
Piano Concerto, in F minor, BWV 1056

part II, 21:00 h

Joan Espina, fiddle
Arvo Pärt, sum; Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten; Brothers

Starting at 20:30 h, set electronic music in the cafeteria of the building by Nouvel Derk

Sunday 17 mayo, 2015 audience 400. Edificio Nouvel

Bach & Pärt

part I, 20:00 h

Ivan Martin Director / piano
Johann Sebastian Bach, Piano Concerto, in D minor, BWV 1052
Arvo Pärt, Collage über B-A-C-H

part II, 21:00 h

Joan Espina, fiddle
Javier Gallego, fiddle
Arvo Pärt, tabula rasa

**Starting at 20:30 h, set electronic music in the cafeteria of the building by Nouvel Arch

National Orchestra and Choir of Spain

The National Orchestra and Choir of Spain, with more than seventy years of history, begins a new phase with the appointment of the teacher as principal conductor David Afkham. This commitment to progressive internationalization is complemented by the participation of Josep Pons honorary director of training.

Among its historical highlights Ataulfo ​​Argenta regular directors, who led the orchestra to a higher artistic level in its first stage- and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, died in June 2014, which more often he has occupied the podium of the National Orchestra and Choir of Spain. As guest conductors, in the early days of the orchestra they left a deep mark masters like Schuricht, Unger, Scherchen, Celibidache, Markevitch o Martinon, as well as figures of our day as Maazel, Mehta or Mutti at the start of their careers. In more recent times they have visited the National Dudamel, Bichkov, Slatkin, McCreesh, Minkovski, Fedosseyev, Volkov, Antonini and this season we will have Neville Marriner, David Zinman, y Eliahu Inbal, among others.

Likewise, the most outstanding vocal and instrumental soloists from the second half of the twentieth century have performed concerts of the National Orchestra and Choir, among many names would point: Arthur Rubinstein, Iturbi, Alicia de Larrocha, Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein, David Oistrakh, Leonid Kogan, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pierre Fournier, Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Galway, Victoria de los Angeles, Norma Procter, Jessye Norman, Gundula Janowitz, Teresa Berganza and Joaquín Achúcarro; relationship that continues today even the most renowned soloists from the international scene in recent years (Frank Peter Zimmermann, Lang Lang, Hillary Hahn, Han-Na Chang, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Jean Yves Thibaudet, Christian Zacharias, the Capuçon brothers, Joshua Bell, Truls Mork, Gil Shaham, Yuja Wang, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Janine Jansen, Anoushka Shankar, Sol Gabetta, Maria João Pires y Anne Sofie von Otter ).

The National Orchestra of Spain was founded in 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, and it was finally relaunched in 1942. Since then she develops a continuous and intense concert work, with extensive seasons in Madrid – Since the year 1988 It is based in the Auditorio Nacional Music-, participates in major Spanish festivals -Granada, Santander, Saint Sebastian-, and conducts tours in Spain, as well as several countries in Europe, America and Asia (the last to Mexico, Austria, China, United Kingdom, Germany, Slovakia and Oman).

The National Orchestra and Choir of Spain works actively in the creation and development of new audiences, through an innovative approach that promotes potential approach to music fans to break down the barriers that prevent the enjoyment of new musical experiences.

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