Quartettissimo European String Festival

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Country and Region HungaryFejér
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Fehérvárcsurgó, Fejér, Hungary
Festival Contact Information

Angelica Károlyi
Joseph Károlyi Foundation
Petöfi u. 2
H- 8052 Fehérvárcsurgó
Phone: 00 36 21 311 04 26, or 00 36 30 320 87 85
Email: angelica@karolyi.org.hu

Festival Description

The Joseph Károlyi Foundation organizes an annual event “European string quartet festival, Quartettissimo” in cooperation with the French institute Budapest, the association Pro Quartet, the Auer Quartet, the Austrian Kultur Forum and the Roumanian Cultural Institute. The inaugural edition took place in 2010.

The aim of this Festival is the development of classic music culture in Hungary and outside the capital of Budapest. And more specially string quartet music to attract younger audiences toward less known musical practices and foster young musicians’ international contacts. Each year this festival will invite foreign artists and lecturers. We also wish to contribute to the restoration of the great Hungarian string quartet tradition.

Though the festival’s aim is “top quality”, it will not be an “elitist program” as it will also have a “social cultural” side. There is a free “night of the quartets” for schools and amateurs but also for visually impaired persons as well as free public rehearsals to make the art of string quartet discovered by people who are not familiar with it, as well as an exhibition presenting the classical instruments. In addition there will be a Sunday “family program” based on the symbolism of the number “four”.

Festival Dates September 19 - 21, 2013
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Festival Events:

Programming 2013:
  • Friday, September 20
    • Quatuor Hermès (France)
      Joseph Haydn: op. 76 n°5
      André Boucourechliev: “Miroir II”
      Ludwig van Beethoven: op18 n°1
  • Saturday, September 21
    • Accord  Quartet (Hungary)
Joseph Haydn: C-dur Quartett op. 20. no. 4.
      Bartók Béla: 3. String Quartet Sz. 85, BB 93
Ludwig van Beethoven: C-dur “Rasumowsky” Quartet op. 59. no. 3.
  • Sunday, September 2
    • Kuppa Quartet (Hungary)
(Liszt Ferenc Music Academy Students Quartet)

      Wolfgang A. Mozart: D minor Quartett (k. 421)
      Robert Schuman: A major Quartett op. 41 No. 3
    • Doležal Quartet (Czech Republic)
      Joseph Haydn: Quatuor en si-bémol-majeur, op.76, n°4 «Lever de soleil»
      Antonin Dvorak: Quatuor en fa majeur, op.96, B
    • Meeting with Seppo Kimanen
      (founder of the Jan Sibelius String Quartet and of the Kauniainen Festival, Finland)
    • Afternoon: music students concerts
      Meetings with the musicians, Public rehearsals
    • Presentation of the string quartet instruments by Adonyi Ivan, Bardi Szabolcs, Etzler Bernd, Farago-Thokoly Marton and Romanek Tihamer. 
Children workshop, Family program on Sunday
Ticket prices 2013:
  • 10 € and 8 €; 25 € for all three concerts - Hotel and Restaurant in the Palace
  • Special offer: «Musical Wek-end Quartettissimo»: 190€/ Person 
(in double bed rooms in the stately home, according to avaiability, half pension and all the concerts)
  • Contact: Fehérvárcsurgó, Petőfi u. 2. Phone: 06 21 311 04 26, or 
e-mail: kastely@karolyi.org.hu; http://www.karolyi.org.hu


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