18 May 2011 7:30pm - 9:45pm West Road Concert Hall, Faculty of Music


Concert tickets:  £20, £15, £12, students £5, from the Corn Exchange Box Office (01223 357851)

World-renowned pianist Alfred Brendel is the inaugural Humanitas Visiting Professor in Chamber Music at the University of Cambridge. He will give a series of public lectures at the Faculty of Music, which he will illustrate at the piano. In addition, he will participate in an open rehearsal with the Szymanowski Quartet, who will be performing at West Road Concert Hall subsequently.

Concert by the Szymanowski Quartet

Haydn Quartet in G major, Op 77, No 1
Szymanowski Quartet Op 56, No 2
Beethoven Quartet in A minor, Op 132

About the Szymanowski Quartet



Andrej Bielow, violin
Vladimir Mykytka, viola
Grzegorz Kotow, violin
Marcin Sieniawski, cello

The Szymanowski Quartet, a group with which Brendel has developed a special partnership, started playing together in 1995.  They are now Quartet in Residence at the Musikhochschule, Hanover. Since its founding, the Szymanowski Quartet has developed into one of the most remarkable string quartets of its generation. The ensemble delights its audiences with sophisticated programmes, performed with a perfect balance between intellect and passion. They are a frequent guest at prestigious festivals and concert halls in Europe and the US and recently appeared with great success at Wigmore Hall London, Concert house Vienna, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg as well as at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival. Among their regular partners are Adrian Brendel, Paul Meyer, Kit Armstrong, Oleg Maisenberg, and – most recently – also with the Jerusalem Quartet.
In addition to its busy concert schedule, the Szymanowski Quartet has polished its interpretations by working regularly with Isaac Stern, Walter Levin, the Amadeus and Emerson Quartets, the Juilliard String Quartet, the Guarneri Quartet, and, recently, in dialogue with Alfred Brendel. Numerous prizes and awards, among them at competitions in Melbourne, Osaka, and Florence, confirm the ensemble's extraordinarily high standard. The Szymanowski Quartet is honoured to be actively involved in the festivities of Alfred Brendel’s 80th birthday, including concerts alongside Adrian Brendel and Kit Armstrong. 

Image copyright Marco Borggreve.

Events in the series

On Character in Music
13 May 2011 5:00pm - 6:15pm, West Road Concert Hall, Faculty of Music
Light and Shade of Interpretation
16 May 2011 5:00pm - 6:15pm, West Road Concert Hall, Faculty of Music
Open Rehearsal with Alfred Brendel and Szymanowski Quartet
17 May 2011 2:00pm - 5:00pm, West Road Concert Hall, Faculty of Music

Szymanowski Quartet and Alfred Brendel discuss Beethoven’s Quartet in A minor, op. 132.

Concert by Szymanowski Quartet
18 May 2011 7:30pm - 9:45pm, West Road Concert Hall, Faculty of Music



About the Professorship

The Humanitas Chair in Chamber Music has been made possible by the generous support of Mr Lawrence Saper.

The Humanitas Chair in Chamber Music will bring world-renowned performers to Cambridge to share insights into the character as well as the challenges of musical performance, explaining not only their own approach to a range of musical masterpieces but also the consequences for listeners of their interpretative choices. These 'behind the scene' observations will be complemented by actual performances, whether in masterclasses, open rehearsals, lecture-recitals or concerts.

Standing Committee

John Rink (Music; AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice)
Nicholas Cook (Music)   
Iain Fenlon (Music)
Martin Ennis (Music)
Edward Wickham (St Catharine’s College; Music)    
David Mawson (AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice)
George Unsworth (West Road Concert Hall)

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