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Paris calling for String Quartets … an update!!

Bettina is happy to give you an update of our recent post, Paris Calling... - find out which Hello Stager's made it to the Philharmonie Paris!

You will remember that we posted a call for String Quartets and talked about the fantastic venture Emmanuel Hondré, Director of the Concerts Department of the Philharmonie de Paris is starting for emerging ensembles during their Biennale de Quartors cordes .

He and his team received numerous applications by mid November and started the sorting process. On January 17th, fifteen quartets will perform at the festival and amongst the audience they will find the decision makers of the most celebrated concert halls in Europe as well as the figure heads of a few managements.

We are very happy that we have been able to help to get out the news about this amazing opportunity to our members - two of the quartets selected are long standing HELLO STAGErs and I know more of you applied. Well, I am sure there will be a repeat in two years and another chance! I have been told it had been a tough sorting process and by far to many great ensembles.

The Moscow based New Russian Quartet have bought their flight tickets to Paris and are ready to go! We are looking forward to hearing about their experience at the Philharmonie (we know it already has sparked some wild ideas… so watch this place). They were lucky that Jan 17th fitted into their busy schedule with about 35 concerts in Russia each year, but they are no strangers to the rest of the world as well: Concerts recently took them to the UK, Italy, Spain Switzerland, Korea, Netherlands, Croatia, China and Germany. The NRQ collaborated with such prominent musicians such as Shlomo Mintz (they performed and recorded all Mozart String Quintets together), Boris Berezovsky, Alexey Volodin, Jessye Norman and Alexander Rudin to name just a few.

Most recently they shared some insight to their life as a quartet with us in an Orange Twist Interview.

The Piatti Quartet has a bit of an easier journey with the Eurostar from London. The Quartet is named after the great 19th-century cellist Alfredo Piatti who was a leading professor and exponent of quartet playing at the Royal Academy of Music where they met during their studies. The Quartet is currently mentored by our founding members, the Belcea Quartet through the Belcea Quartet Trust. Although most faces in the audience will be new to them, they can already count on one supporter: John Gilhooly from the Wigmore Hall - the quartet won the joint 2nd Prize as well as the Sidney Griller Award for the best performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Contusion and the St Lawrence String Quartet Prize at 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition.

Of course, we are already looking forward to welcoming all of the other Ensembles they choose onto HELLO STAGE as well!

Break a leg, Удачи (hope goole translate did a good job here …) or Merde as they say in Paris to all of them!

Bettina Mehne manages the relationships with Artists, Ensembles, their Managements as well as Promoters on HELLO STAGE. She toured Orchestras around the world, worked for London and Germany based Managements, took care of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen as their Artistic Manager and headed the Artistic Planning at the Wiener Konzerthaus for six seasons. Follow Bettina on Twitter - you can also always reach out to her at bettina@hellostage.com
Author: Bettina Mehne HELLO STAGE
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