Sunday November 16th at 3pm
Conwal Church Letterkenny
The Regional Cultural Centre is proud to present the first ever concert in Letterkenny by the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet in the wonderful surroundings of Conwal Parish Church on Sunday November 16th at 3pm. The concert is presented as part of “Sundays in Conwal” concert series in association with Donegal Chamber Music Society.
The ConTempo String Quartet was formed in 1995 in Bucharest, Romania. Recognised as one of the world’s top string quartets, ConTempo has won 14 international prizes and performed more that 1,000 concerts all over the world in venues including Carnegie Hall NY, Wigmore Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields London, The Philharmonie Berlin, The Opera House Tel Aviv, The Waterfront Hall Belfast and National Concert Hall Dublin
ConTempo recorded the Adagio from Beethoven’s Opus 131 for Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ television drama Band of Brothers. They composed and performed the music for the Danish silent film The Abyss. The quartet also took part in the documentary Deutschland, Deutschland, an ORF & Sat3 production about Haydn’s life.
In 1999 they took up a Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music where they taught chamber music classes and worked with some of the most famous quartets in the world: Amadeus, Tokyo and Emerson. From 2003 they were Quartet in Residence on the West Coast of Ireland embarking on a unique project, an annual ConTempo Summer Festival, with guest artists such as Emma Johnson, Hugh Tinney, John Feeley and Martin O’Connor. RTÉ announced ConTempo Quartet as the new RTÉ string quartet last November. Replacing the outgoing RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, ConTempo will provide chamber music services to RTÉ as the RTÉ ContTempo Quartet for the next three years, starting in Spring 2014.