The European Chamber Music Academy is an international organisation based in Vienna which in recent years has been matching talented chamber musicians to members of world-famous ensembles. For three whole days, three young ensembles will be our guests and will be working on their repertoire with a number of big names from the chamber music world. Now they are eager for you to hear the result of all that hard work in four original and surprising programmes. This is Europe’s future in the arena of chamber music!
The Trio Pantoum was founded in 2016, when the three young musicians met at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris. They convey a sense of joy and passion while performing on stage. At the ECMA they are guided by Hatto Beyerle, Patrick Jüdt and the members of the Talich Quartet, among others. In Ghent they will perform the Piano Trio No. 2 by Camille Saint-Saëns, one of the great masterpieces from the repertoire. Saint-Saëns expanded the classic four-part structure with a fifth part. This is a great work, into which, according to a critic, Saint-Saëns incorporated all his wisdom and experience.
The Nerida Quartett, founded in 2018, takes its names from the Nereids, the sea nymphs from Greek mythology. Since 2021 they have been part of ECMA. In Ghent they perform Black Angels, a work for ‘electric string quartet’ from the American avant-garde composer George Crumb. As a date he stated: ‘Friday the thirteenth, March 1970 (in tempore belli)’. This is an allusion to the Vietnam War, for which this work is a lament. Crumb also cites a passage from Schubert’s famous quartet Death and the Maiden. Apart from the electric strings, Crumb also prescribed crystal glasses and two tam-tam gongs. The composition was subtitled Thirteen Images from the Dark Land, and according to the composer is a parable about our tormented, contemporary world.
The Trio Ernest was founded in 2019 in Geneva and has already performed across Europe. As an ensemble, they were artists in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, where they were coached by Miguel da Silva, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden and Artemis Kwartet. Since 2021 they have been part of the ECMA. They are bringing a trio with them from the nineteenth-century Swedish composer Amanda Maier. Maier also studied violin and was the first female graduate in music direction. Very typically of the time in which she lived, she set aside her musical career once she was married. She died at a young age of complications arising from tuberculosis. A terrible waste for musical history, because her piano trio is bursting with Romantic energy.
19h00: Trio Pantoum
Camille Saint-Saens - Piano Trio no. 2 in e minor
19h45: Nerida Quartet
Georges Crumb - Black Angels
20h30: Trio Ernest
Amanda Maier - Piano Trio in E Major
21h15: Trio Pantoum & Nerida Quartet
César Franck - Piano Quintet in f minor