RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet with Nobuko Imai
Noted for her flawless technique and warm, expressive tone, Imai has performed as a solo artist with many of world's finest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw, and the London Symphony. As a chamber musician, she has been a member of the much-lauded Vermeer and Michelangelo Quartets in addition to collaborating with a veritable who's who of international stars including Yo-Yo Ma, Gidon Kremer, Midori, Isaac Stern and Itzhak Perlman. "Imai's stature is revealed in her beautifully exact double stopping, perfect rhythmic poise, and the way she searches out and presents the true character of each piece. Great viola playing!" Gramophone
The tour begins on Sunday November 25 in the beautiful surroundings of West Cork with an afternoon performance in Bantry House, and ends in Armagh on Thursday December 6. Venues include Roscommon, Cork City, Dublin and Belfast and are listed in full below.
The programme for this tour includes the solo viola piece Dialogue by John Kinsella, with a wonderful opportunity to hear Beethoven's Quintet no 29 in C major, his only full-scale original composition for string quintet. In contrast, Brahms intended his Quintet no 2, Op 111 in D major to be his last composition, but instead it inspired him to continue - " here I had before me a carefree old age and could enjoy it in peace. And that made me so happy, so contented, so delighted - that all at once the writing began to go!"
This is a simply sumptuous musical feast, don't miss it!
On Tour: Sunday 25 November BANTRY (Bantry House, 3pm), Monday 26 November CASTLEBAR (Linenhall Arts Centre, 8pm), Tuesday 27 November ROSCOMMON (Roscommon Arts Centre, 8pm), Wednesday 28 November LISTOWEL (St John's Theatre and Arts Centre, 8pm), Thursday 29 November CORK (Curtis Auditorium, Cork School of Music, 8pm), Friday 30 November DUBLIN (Christ Church Cathedral, 8pm), Saturday 1 December DUN LAOGHAIRE (Pavilion Theatre, 8pm), Sunday 2 December LETTERKENNY (Regional Cultural Centre, 8pm), Tuesday 4 December BELFAST (The MAC), Wednesday 5 December DERRY (The Great Hall, University of Ulster at Magee), Thursday 6 December ARMAGH (The Market Place)