The first International Music Festival of Santiago de Chile (FIMSA) will pay tribute to Mozart this year in a series of concerts with several international guests, among them the Szymanowski Quartet.
Founded in Warsaw in 1995, this quartet is known for being one of the most deserving of recent years, presenting a classical Romantic repertoire which evokes the works of several composers, especially that of pianist and composer Karol Szymanowski, after whom the quartet is named.
At FIMSA, the Szymanowski Quartet will perform Mozart’s works on three occasions. The first one will be March 27, at Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral, cultural temple of the Chilean capital, playing: Duo for Violin and Viola in G major, K 423; String Quartet N°15 in D minor, K 421; and String Quartet N°19 in C major, K 465 (Dissonance). On March 28, they will perform their second concert at Centro de las Artes 660, in Las Condes, playing: String Quartet N°17 in B-flat Major, K 458 (The Hunt) and String Quintet N°4 in G minor, K 516, with the participation of the Chilean violist, Claudio Aliosha. Finally on Sunday March 29, they will perform for the greater public at Chapel Lo Contador, in Catholic University of Chile, playing: Divertimento in D major, K 136; Flute Quartet N°1 in D major, K 285, accompanied by flutist Timothy Hutchins; and culminating once again with the String Quartet N°19 in C major, K 465 (Dissonance).
The Szymanowski Quartet is composed of Grzegorz Kotow (violinist), Agata Szymczewska (violinist), Volodya Mykytka (violist) and Marcin Sieniawski (cellist). The ensemble has received numerous awards, like the 'Premio Vittorio Gui' in Florence, Italy; and the Medal of Honor from the Government of Poland for services rendered to Polish culture. Moreover the quartet has performed on the most renowned stages of the world, like New York's Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Vienna's Musikverein and London's Wigmore Hall.
The International Music Festival of Santiago de Chile is organized by Foundation Corpartes, and this will be its first edition, featuring 27 concerts in seven different venues with over 300 international artists.
Author: Alvaro Saavedra Jeno, 27 March 2015