Quantum Ensemble is a group in residence in the Auditorio de Tenerife, which has established itself as one of the main chamber music collectives in Spain. The ensemble is distinguished by an ambitious collection of programmes that combine a contemporary repertoire with works from the last three centuries. Since its founding, the instrumental group has shown a firm commitment to the promotion of musical creation, which has been reflected in the premiere of works written by composers Laura Vega, Gustavo Trujillo, Juan Manuel Ruiz, Gustavo Díaz-Jerez, Rubens Askenar, Kuzma Bodrov and Leonardo Balada.
From their inception, Quantum Ensemble has offered new perspectives regarding the programming of a lesser known repertoire. Beyond that, it is worth mentioning that a considerable number of arrangements have been created for the group, which have been enthusiastically received by their public. Among other adaptations, the most relevant are Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin, arranged by composer Arnon Zimra for violin, clarinet, two pianos and percussion; the Clarinet Concerto by Einojuhani Rautavaara, reduced for clarinet, two pianos and percussion by Gustavo Trujillo; and the arrangement created by Pablo Díaz, Schéhérazade by Rimsky Korsakov, for violin, clarinet, cello and piano four hands.
The flexibility of Quantum Ensemble allows them to collaborate regularly with prestigious national and international soloists and chamber ensembles, such as Asier Polo, Maxim Rysanov, Frederieke Saeijs, Alissa Margulis, Tatiana Samouil, Emil Rovner, Óscar Sala, Cecilia Bercovich, Javier Negrín, Tim Gill, Romain Guyot, the Minetti String Quartet, the Lendvai String Quartet, the Elias String Quartet, the Spanish Brass and the Fauré Quartett.
Quantum Ensemble has always distinguished itself by its efforts to bring music to their public by creating complicities and meeting points between the members of the ensemble, the music they play and the audience. This spirit has motivated the musicians to make it their habitual practice to address the audience from the stage before each performance, offering a brief explanation that contextualizes the work and brings about a more intimate understanding of it. In keeping with this effort, the pre-concert talks that Quantum Ensemble offers before each concert are often given by experts on the works to be performed, experts such as Arturo Reverter, Víctor Durà-Vilà, Miguel Ángel Marín, Martín Llade, Juan Lucas and Carlos Santos.
From the beginning, Auditorio de Tenerife’s Education and Social Area has worked with Quantum Ensemble on the development of a pedagogic line that brings music to new audiences by means of workshops for music students and special sessions aimed at schoolchildren and at furthering the inclusion of different groups. In 2019 the Area carried out the first workshops on didactic communication for music, which were given by three specialists in the spreading of classical music: Marina Hervás, Belén Otxotorena and Eva Sandoval. The practices were done at Quantum Ensemble’s school sessions, which in turn, improved the concerts’ teaching resources.
The Quantum Ensemble supports the next generation of performers by organizing master classes at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias. Some of the collaborators with the group that have participated in this activity are Miguel Ituarte (piano teacher at MUSIKENE), Yuval Gotlibovich (viola teacher at ESMUC), Asier Polo (cello teacher at MUSIKENE and the Conservatory of the Italian Svizzera), Dirk Mommertz (chamber music teacher at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München) and Donald Grant (chamber music teacher at the Royal Northern College in Manchester). Finally, among these pedagogic tasks, we must underline the one led by Cristo Barrios, a founding member of the group, whose main objective is the development of the performance capacity of students through the introduction of interdisciplinary educational innovations, among which are the use of free improvisation, and the use of conceptual tools from the contemporary philosophy of art.
Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara, managed by the Department of Culture, Youth, Education and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife which is led by councillor Concepción Rivero, will host Quantum Ensemble’s concert Espejos on Thursday, the 13th at 7:30 pm. The ensemble will be joined by renowned clarinettist Romain Guyot and the Lendvai String Trio (on their 15th anniversary) to deal with an unusual repertoire that includes three works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Francis Poulenc and Bohuslav Martinů. Clarinettist Cristo Barrios, founding member of Quantum Ensemble, rounds off the event.
Carlos Santos, conductor and presenter of Radio Nacional de España’s programme Entre dos luces, will give a talk at the Sala de Cámara one hour before the concert to introduce both the programme and the musicians’ biographies to the audience. Admission to the talk is free of charge.
This concert presents three works of music which are seldom included in today’s programmes. Víctor Durà-Vilà, lecturer at the University of Leeds, explained that “these are pieces that show different kinds of affinities and contrasts among themselves” and the time difference between the three composers “seems shortened by the adherence of these last two composers [Poulenc and Martinů] to the postulates of neoclassicism in a very important part of their compositions and the unavoidable influence which Mozart exercised over those following this trend”.
Espejos starts with Mozart’s Divertimento in E Flat Major, K 563 (1788) for violin, viola and violoncello. After the break they will play the Sonata for two clarinets fp 7 (1918) by Martinů. The concert will end with all the musicians onstage to perform Serenade in F Major for two clarinets and string trio Nº 4, H 334 (1951).
Tickets can be purchased at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday except holidays; on www.auditoriodetenerife.com or calling 902 317 327.
Quantum Ensemble’s first activity this week starts tomorrow [Wednesday, the 12th] at 10:00 am with a masterclass by Romain Guyot for students of the island’s conservatoires. At 16, Romain Guyot was named the first clarinet of the European Union Youth Orchestra. Five years later, he was named the first clarinet of the Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Paris. In 1996 he won the Young Concert Artist International Auditions in New York, one of the greatest honours for a young soloist, as well as the Munich ARD competition with the Debussy Wind Quintet. As a soloist, he has played in Europe, Japan, Korea, China, South America and the United States. He currently teaches at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève, in Switzerland, and at the National University of Seoul, Korea. In addition, he is the first clarinet of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
At 5:00 pm on Wednesday in the Sala de Cámara, Quantum Ensemble will give an outreach concert: a sensitive musical session for groups of young people that is carried out with the help of volunteers of Obra Social “la Caixa”, an institution that collaborates with Auditorio de Tenerife’s Education and Social Department.
Simultaneously, another activity of this department will take place: the second theoretical session of the Taller de Comunicación Didáctica para la Música [Workshop on Didactic Communication for Music], that includes teaching resources, a talk and presentation by Belén Otxotorena, who is an actor, narrator and dramatization teacher. The lesson will be put into practice the following day, Thursday the 13th at 11:00 am in the Sala de Cámara, with 300 students coming from seven secondary schools in the municipalities Arafo, Arona, Los Realejos, Puerto de la Cruz and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Quantum Ensemble presents Textures, a programme that includes works by composers George Enescu, Paul Dukas and Gabriel Fauré. The concert of this group resident at Auditorio de Tenerife is taking place on Thursday, the 19th at 7:30 pm at the Sala de Cámara, where they will be joined by the German string and piano ensemble Fauré Quartett and Cristo Barrios, clarinet plus pianist Gustavo Díaz-Jerez, who are both founding members of Quantum Ensemble.
An hour before the concert the Sala de Cámara will also house a pre-concert talk to explain the context of the Textures programme. It will be by Víctor Durà-Vilà, lecturer at the University of Leeds. Admission is free.
The concert starts with George Enescu’s Quartet nº 1 and closes with Quartet nº 1 by Gabriel Fauré, who taught him composition at Paris Conservatoire. Between these two works Quantum Ensemble commissioned Pablo Díaz to arrange for violin, clarinet, viola, cello and piano four hands, one of the most popular compositions of the French repertoire, namely, Paul Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
The Fauré Quartett is one of the leading piano quartets in the world. Its members are Erika Geldsetzer, violin; Sascha Frömbling, viola; Konstantin Heidrich, cello; and Dirk Mommertz, piano. With a groundbreaking approach, they are discovering new fields in chamber music, while performing compositions outside the general repertoire.
They are also greatly admired for their experiments, like the Rhapsody in School programme, with which they have manage to fire the children with enthusiasm for chamber music. In 2006 they signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon and have recorded works by Mozart, Brahms, Mendelssohn and pop songs by Peter Gabriel and Steely Dan.
Tickets can be bought through Auditorio de Tenerife’s usual sale channels: at the box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday except on holidays; via www.auditoriodetenerife.com or calling 902 317 327.
Quantum Ensemble’s first activity this week is taking place today at 1:00 pm at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias, where Dirk Mommertz, chamber music teacher at Munich Conservatoire and member of the Fauré Quartett, will give a master class for the students.
Their outreach activity is taking place on Wednesday, the 18th at 5:00 pm in the Sala de Cámara with the collaboration of Obra Social “la Caixa” volunteers. The following day at the same venue, there will be an educational session at 11:00 am for about a hundred users of the Centro Público de Educación de Personas Adultas (CEPA) of Santa Cruz de Tenerife [Adult Education Centre] and the Centro Sociosanitario of the town of Güímar [Public Health Centre].
At 7:30 pm on Friday the 22nd Quantum Ensemble, group resident at Auditorio de Tenerife, will give their second season concert at the Sala de Cámara. The programme offers a striking contrast in its four pieces by 20th century composers: Britten, Birtwistle, Cage and Copland. Fricciones also features Canarian dancer Carmen Macías, the British Elias String Quartet, clarinettist Cristo Barrios and pianist Gustavo Díaz-Jerez, who are both founding members of the Quantum Ensemble.
This repertoire, which combines tradition and the avant-garde, will be put in context by Miguel Ángel Marín, Fundación Juan March’s music programme director, in a talk taking place the same day of the concert at 6:30 pm in Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara. Admission to the talk is free.
Violinists Sara Bitlloch and Donald Grant along with viola player Simone van der Giessen and cellist Marie Bitlloch make up the Elias String Quartet, which was set up in 1998 at the Royal Northern College of Music, in Manchester, where they worked with the late Dr Christopher Rowland.
Fricciones, following a well-established tradition in the programmes of the Quantum Ensemble, allows us to contrast the styles and creative personalities of two pairs of composers whose biographies overlap in space and time.
The concert starts with a mature and profound work by Benjamin Britten, namely, his String Quartet No 3. The contrast here is established with his compatriot, the English composer Harrison Birtwistle, who belongs to a later generation that broke in a radical fashion with the past.
Víctor Durà-Vilà, lecturer at the University of Leeds, explains that “Birtwistle creates with Linoi a very singular work for clarinet, piano, and dancer”.
Next, we will have the opportunity to perceive the differences between the two US composers. “In spite of their being contemporaries and the premieres of their works close in time, John Cage and Aaron Copland belong to two very distant aesthetic universes”, Durà-Vilà says, to then conclude with “what is shown by the pairing of these four compositions, similar as regards to nationality and time-frame, but provoking very different aesthetic experiences, is that audience members should cultivate an attitude of flexibility and curiosity—one devoid of preconceptions—when attending concerts that showcase the amazing wealth of 20th century music”.
Tickets can be bought through Auditorio de Tenerife usual sale channels: t the box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday except holidays; via www.auditoriodetenerife.com or calling 902 317 327.
Quantum Ensemble’s public activity this week starts on Thursday the 21st at 11:00 am at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias with a master class for Donald Grant’s students. Grant is one of the Elias String Quartet’s violinists and he also teaches chamber music at the Royal Northern College of Music. The ensemble’s outreach concert is taking place at 5:00 pm and will be attended by people who have been diagnosed with the Asperger syndrome. There will be volunteers of Obra Social “la Caixa” collaborating in the event.
Also on Friday the pedagogic concert will take place at 11:00 am for school children taking part in this programme. It will also work as the practical session for the first Taller de Comunicación Didáctica para la Música [Workshop on Didactic Communication for Music], organised by Auditorio de Tenerife’s Social and Educational Area. This learning session includes teaching resources, a talk and a presentation by musicologist Marina Hervás. This concert, to take place at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara, will be attended by 370 Secondary School children coming from 10 different schools in Güímar, La Laguna, San Miguel de Abona, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Tacoronte.
Quantum Ensemble, resident at Auditorio de Tenerife, is opening the 2019-2020 season on Thursday the 17th at 7:30 pm. The Sala de Cámara welcomes the programme Vínculos, featuring soprano Anna Dennis, violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, clarinettist Cristo Barrios, cellist Richard Lester, and pianist Javier Negrín.
Also, at the Sala de Cámara the editor of the Scherzo magazine, Juan Lucas, will be giving the admission-free pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm. This photographer, filmmaker, music promotor and producer, journalist, writer, librettist, translator and musicographer will talk about both the Quantum Ensemble and the repertoire to provide a context for the audience.
The social outreach activities connected to this concert are to start on Thursday at 11:00 am in the same place. The session aims at bringing music closer to audiences and will be attended by members of the Programa de Dinamización Sociocultural e Intervención Social Ansina, of the Asociación de Padres de Personas con Discapacidad Intelectual and the Centro Ocupacional La Guancha. [Ansina Socio-cultural and Cultural Intervention Programme of the Association of Parents of Intellectually Disabled People]
The University of Leeds lecturer, Víctor Durà-Vilà, revealed that “the Quantum Ensemble presents in this programme three figures who, coming together in the Vienna of the end of the 19th- and beginning of the 20th-century, showcase wonderfully the creative exuberance that took place in that city at that time”.
The concert includes Transfigured Night, one of Arnold Schoenberg’s most popular works, plus two other very interesting pieces: the Trio in D minor for Clarinet, Cello and Piano by Alexander Zemlinsky and The Heavenly Life, a song for soprano and orchestra by Gustav Mahler, that dates from the time he composed the song cycle The Boy’s Magic Horn, but that finally became the fourth movement of his Symphony Nº 4.
In Durà-Vilà’s opinion, “It is particularly noteworthy that, in their continued effort to expand their chamber repertoire, the Quantum Ensemble is performing two of these three compositions as arrangements that require only three musicians, therefore providing a different instrumental perspective and allowing a contrasting, and at the same time interesting, aural experience”.
Tickets can be purchased at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday; via www.auditoriodetenerife.com or calling 902 317 327.
Quantum Ensemble, the chamber music ensemble resident in Auditorio de Tenerife, will give seven concerts in their 2019/2020 season. In addition to international performers, they are also inviting ensembles, singers, choirs plus a dancer to round off their offer. The group is led by its founding musicians, Cristo Barrios and Gustavo Díaz-Jerez. The first concert, Vínculos, will take place on 17 October at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara.
The ensemble, who has a modern, more flexible, and warmer approach to the interpretation of classical music, is calling in international musicians like cellist Tim Gill, violinist Priya Mitchell, clarinettist Romain Guyot, violinist Frederieke Saeijs, pianist Rolf Hind and ensembles like Elias String Quartet, Fauré Quartett and Lendvai String Trio. We will also have the chance to listen to soprano Anna Dennis, mezzo soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons and baritone Tristan Hambleton.
Pre-concert talks are reinforced this season. They are free of charge and are held at the same place of the concert one hour before it starts. The talks look into the repertoire, its contexts and the guest musicians, and will be given by personalities like the manager of Scherzo magazine, Juan Lucas; the director of the music programme of Fundación Juan March, Miguel Ángel Marín; the University of Leeds lecturer, Víctor Durà-Vilà; or the director and presenter of the RNE show Entre dos luces, Carlos Santos.
Vínculos brings together composers Arnold Schoenberg, Alexander Zemlinsky and Gustav Mahler, three figures who through their co-existence in time and space in the Vienna of the late 19th century and early 20th century illustrate the extraordinary creative wealth of this Austrian city.
The second concert in the season will be Fricciones, on 22 November, featuring the performance of dancer Carmen Macías. The repertoire will confront creative styles and personalities in two pair of composers whose biographies overlap in space and time: Benjamin Britten and Harrison Birtwistle; and John Cage and Aaron Copland.
The end of the year brings Texturas, on 19 December. The unquestionable protagonist of this concert is the piano quartet Fauré Quartett, with a special programme that includes compositions by George Enescu, Gabriel Fauré and Paul Dukas.
Espejos is on in February 2020, featuring three works which are most unusual in current repertoires. These are very different compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Francis Poulenc and Bohuslav Martinů. Lendvai String Trio is playing in this concert.
Quantum Ensemble’s next concert is Estructuras, on 20 March, with three compositions spanning three centuries, an evidence of the time and stylistic ambition of the Tenerife ensemble’s repertoire. It also features the premiere of a piece composed by Gustavo Trujillo expressly for this concert.
Voces comes on 23 April with a programme that makes a contrast between outstanding compositions by Gioacchino Rossini with the work of two 20th century Italian composers: Luigi Nono and Salvatore Sciarrino.
Finally, Quantum Ensemble’s last concert this season is Prisma to be held on 14 May. They will be counting on Camerata Lacunensis, conducted by José Herrero and eleven clarinets, which are needed to perform Steven Reich’s New York Counterpoint. The event also includes works for mixed choir with and without piano by Samuel Barber and George Crumb’s composition for two pianos and two percussionists.
Quantum Ensemble is part of the Education and Social Area of Auditorio de Tenerife with their new didactic concerts for schoolchildren and their usual outreach activities, which offer sensory work sessions to bring music to people in a different way, also used as a means of expression. They carry out these activities with different social groups included people with functional diversity, at risk of exclusion, users of penitentiaries, etc.
Tickets for all these concerts, which are held at 7:30 pm at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara are available through Auditorio’s usual sale channels: at the box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday except holidays, via www.auditoriodetenerife.com or by phone on 902 317 327.
Quantum Ensemble, group resident in Auditorio de Tenerife, closes the 2018/2019 season on Thursday, the 9th at 7:30 pm with Claroscuro. The concert also features two of the founding members of the ensemble, clarinettist Cristo Barrios and pianist Gustavo Díaz-Jerez with the Austrian string quartet Minetti. An explanatory talk by RTVE’s Radio Clásica musicologist Eva Sandoval will take place at Sala de Cámara in Auditorio de Tenerife an hour before the concert starts.
The programme of this concert invites us to reflect on two complex creative personalities who have produced two of the most important catalogues in the history of music: Mozart and Shostakovich. The two quintets we are going to listen to – Mozart’s clarinet and Shostakovich for piano – are pieces of great transparency and emotional depth.
Tickets can be purchased at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday except holidays, on www.auditoriodetenerife.com or calling 902 317 327.
Cristo Barrios explains that “this is particularly so in the case of Mozart, whose piece is considered to be one of the masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire of all times: classical music aesthetics raised to one of its highest points in terms of sensitivity and expressive subtlety. The contrast is evident if you think about how close it is with the creative process of Così fan tutte (1790), in Mozart’s case, and Symphony nº 7 (1941), known as Leningrad, in the case of Shostakovich”.
“The contrast between, on the one hand, the textures and the emotions in Shostakovich’s quintet, so translucent at times, and the symphony that is generally associated to the siege of Leningrad during the Second World War, on the other hand, is evident”, the clarinettist explains. Though not quite as obvious from the surface of music, the contrast between Mozart’s quintet and the opera that crowns the cycle of collaborations with librettist Da Ponte is equally deep. It is a summary of the cynical and stark view that the philosophy of the Enlightenment -so fashionable at the time it was composed- has of human nature.
On the other hand, while in the clarinet quintet there is no truth other than that of its moving, deep feelings, in Così fan tutte nothing is actually what it seems to be and all the expectations of honesty, loyalty and commitment are truncated. It is in these intense and significant contrasts where one can appreciate the creative versatility and ambition of the composers whose chamber pieces are included in this concert”, Cristo Barrios adds.
Since it was set up in 2003, the Austrian quartet Minetti has won the most prestigious competitions for string quartets: Haydn Competition in Vienna, Schubert Competition in Graz, and Rimbotti Competition in Florence in addition to Austria’s Grosses Gradus ad Parnassum award. In the 2008/09 season, Minetti was Rising Star at ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization), which meant the beginning of a great career. They have performed at Musikverein in Vienna, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Wigmore Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Barcelona’s Palau, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Philharmonie in Berlin and Colon, etc. They have also toured America, Australia, Japan and China. Their members are Maria Ehmer violin; Anna Knopp, violin; Milan Milojicic, viola, and cellist Leonhard Roczek.
Quantum Ensemble is increasing their activities in Auditorio de Tenerife’s Educational and Social Area, which has the collaboration of Fundación Cepsa and Obra Social “la Caixa”. So, at 11:00 am on Thursday, the 9th they are also welcoming 270 secondary school children from six municipalities on the Island.
Besides, as part of their outreach actions, at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, the 8th they are offering a sensory musical session with the help of Obra Social “la Caixa” volunteers. Finally, on Friday, the 10th, as part of their teaching activities, clarinettist Cristo Barrios is giving a performance class for students of the Conservatorio Profesional and the Superior de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, institutions that collaborate in this activity.
Quantum Ensemble, resident at Auditorio de Tenerife, is dedicating its next programme, “Retrato” [Portrait], to West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein. Also, the concert -to take place at Sala de Cámara on Thursday, the 11th at 19:30 pm includes the premiere of a new work by Gustavo Díaz-Jerez, which he composed expressly for Quantum Ensemble. The composer and pianist is also giving a talk an hour before the concert starts to explain the context of the programme. Admission to the talk is free.
The three members of the ensemble, Díaz-Jerez (piano), Cristo Barrios (clarinet) and David Ballesteros (violin), will be joined by the wind quintet Spanish Brass Luur Metalls, made up by Juanjo Serna (trumpet), Carlos Benetó (trumpet), Manuel Pérez Ortega (horn), Inda Bonet (trombone) and Sergio Finca (tuba).
The programme features two of the few chamber music Bernstein composed: his Violin and Piano Sonata and his Clarinet and Piano Sonata. Although written early in his career, both pieces, “confirm Bernstein’s skill in a music genre that he unfortunately never had time to go back to”, Cristo Barrios explains.
Another piece included in the concert is the transcription for brass quintet of his most popular work, West Side Story. The influence Latin American music had on the North American composer is evident in this musical, which is an adaptation by Arthur Laurent of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The Spanish Brass Luur Metalls will be performing the transcription of the main numbers of Bernstein’s work, which has been especially done by composer Jack Gale for the group.
Díaz-Jerez’ work will be played by violin, clarinet, horn, piano and electronic. In Cristo Barrios’s view, this decision “is, in itself, a microcosmos of the acoustic reality of a Symphony orchestra, having the piano as percussive instrument, as it has been conceptualised in 20th century music: a real challenge for the composer’s creativity, the skills of the instrumentalists and the readiness to be surprised of our audience”.
Tomorrow, [Wednesday, the 10th] at 5:00 pm Quantum Ensemble is holding their outsource activity at Sala de Cámara. Thanks to the collaboration of volunteers of Obra Social “la Caixa”, the musicians will be giving a sensory session with a group of people with Down Syndrome belonging to Asociación Tinerfeña de Trisómicos 21.
Included in their learning section, on Friday, the 12th, clarinettist Cristo Barrios will give a Performance Class for students of the Conservatorio Profesional and Conservatorio Superior de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, institutions that facilitate this activities, which are both part of Auditorio de Tenerife’s Educational and Social Area, with the collaboration of Fundación Cepsa and Obra Social “la Caixa”.
Tickets can be purchased through Auditorio de Tenerife usual sale channels: at the box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday except holidays, via www.auditoriodetenerife.com or calling 902 317 327.
Quantum Ensemble, Auditorio de Tenerife’s resident group, dives into other art forms with their concert Artes, designed to highlight the possible relationships of music with other arts. The repertoire includes pieces by Franz Schubert, Enrique Granados, Magnus Lindberg and Robert Schumann which are inspired by painting, literature, film, and music too. Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara is the venue for this concert to be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday, 21st.
Accompanied by one of Quantum Ensemble’s founding musicians, clarinettist Cristo Barrios, the concert features soprano Anna Dennis, Tatiana Samouil violin, Yuval Gotlibovich, viola, Iván Siso cello and Javier Negrín piano. Rubens Askenar, a young Canarian composer based in London, doctor and teacher in composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London, will give a free talk to offer a context for the concert one hour before it begins.
Artes starts with Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The Shepherd on the Rock), a famous lied by Schubert for soprano, clarinet and piano whose first four stanzas and the last one, were written by poet Johann Ludwig Wilhelm Müller, while the fifth and sixth are by Karl August Varnhagen von Ense. It is followed by Goyescas, a piano suite by Enrique Granados in which, although his intention is not to build a musical tale on a specific painting by Goya, he does describe the general atmosphere of his painting style.
After the break, Quantum Ensemble goes on to film. Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg was so impressed by Buster Keaton’s film Steamboat Bill, Jr. that in 1990 he decided to create a piece for clarinet and cello that tries to express the action of the film and follow its plot. Finally, Schumann’s Piano Quartet op. 47, which has a strong influence from Beethoven’s String Quartet op. 127. They are both in E flat Major and use similar structures. Schumann’s quartet starts with a Sostenuto assai, just like Beethoven’s.
As part of their activities for Auditorio de Tenerife’s Educational and Social Area, Quantum Ensemble is now also giving school concerts with the collaboration of Fundación Cepsa and Obra Social “la Caixa”. At 11:00 am on Thursday, the 21st they will welcome 200 secondary school children from six different schools in La Laguna, Puerto de la Cruz and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Also, at 5:00 pm tomorrow, [Wednesday, the 20th] under their Outreach programme, they welcome a group of people with eating disorders with the help of voluntaries of Obra Social “la Caixa”.
Finally, regarding their learning activities, on the 22nd clarinettist Cristo Barrios is giving a Performance class to students of Conservatorio Profesional and Superior de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which are collaborating institutions.
Tickets for the concert can be booked at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday, on www.auditoriodetenerife.com or calling 902 317 327.
Quantum Ensemble, Auditorio de Tenerife resident group sets One thousand and One Nights to music with the concert Shéhérazade, which ison at 7:30 pm on Thursday, 21st at Sala de Cámara. The programme offers a stimulating stylistic contrast with pieces by Szymanowski, Ravel and Rimsky Korsakov related to the heroine of this medieval Middle Eastern tale.
The concert features soprano Sarah Fox and six musicians: Alissa Margulis (violin), Francisco García (flute), Cristo Barrios (clarinet), Emil Rovner (cello), Miguel Ituarte (piano) and Gustavo Díaz-Jerez (piano). Barrios and Díaz-Jerez are two of Quantum Ensemble funding members, together with David Ballesteros.
This time pianist Miguel Ituarte will be discussing Shéhérazade an hour before the concert starts at Sala de Cámara. Admission to the talk is free.
Shéhérazade, the character and narrator of One thousand and one nights has been a source of inspiration for many composers and the origin of many musical adaptations, including the three pieces in this programme. Masques for piano (1915-1916) is one in a series of three compositions by Karol Szymanowski based on literary works; Shéhérezade, which opens the work; Mythes (1915) about Tristan and Isolde and Métopes (1915) on Don Juan.
Shéhérazade is also the title of two works by Maurice Ravel: an overture which is considered to be his first orchestral composition and a series of songs -also included in this concert- which have become well-liked pieces in the French musician’s repertoire, both in its orchestral and chamber versions. This piece by Ravel is strongly influenced by Russian composers, mainly by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, whose symphonic poem is particularly relevant. This is no surprise since the Russian composer’s Shéhérezade is probably the best-known musical response to this emblematic literary character.
Quantum Ensemble once again includes a music arrangement -made by Pablo Díaz this time- to offer this great piece by Rimsky-Korsakov in a chamber version. This arrangement closes a concert made up of highly stimulating, contrasting compositions which at the same time are linked together by one of the most fascinating stories in universal literature.
As part of the outreach work of Quantum Ensemble, at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, 20th a session will introduce music to a group of La Casita, in collaboration with “la Caixa” volunteers. This is a Barcelona-based project which is managed in Tenerife through a programme of Hermanas Oblatas La Casita, which offers help and training to women related to prostitution and/or victims of sexual exploitation dealings.
Also, on Friday, 22nd as part of their training, clarinettist Cristo Barrios is giving a Performance class for students of Conservatorio Profesional and Conservatorio Superior de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which collaborate in this activity.
Tickets for the concert can be booked via the usual channels of Auditorio de Tenerife: at the box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday, on www.auditoriodetenerife.com here or calling 902 317 327.
The QB subscription is also available on Auditorio’s website and at the box office. It offers an additional 15% discount on the standard ticket price for Quantum Ensemble and Orquesta Barroca de Tenerife concerts in the present season.
Auditorio de Tenerife resident group Quantum Ensemble, is going to La Laguna University’s Paraninfo for their concert Despedida [Farewell] on Thursday, 22nd at 7:30 pm. They Will be playing String Quintet in C major, one of the last compositions by Franz Schubert, and Quartet for clarinet and string trio, by Krzysztof Penderecki.
David Ballesteros (violin), Adrián Marrero (violin), Cristo Barrios (clarinet), Lander Etxebarria (viola), Asier Polo (cello) and Iván Siso (cello) are the musicians who will be playing at the University’s Paraninfo. An hour before the concert, there will be a talk in the same venue by Juan Manuel Ruiz, composer, essayist, music critic and Member of the Real Academia Canaria de las Bellas Artes [Royal Canarian Academy of Fine Arts].
Finished two months before he died in 1828, String Quintet in C major is one of Franz Schubert’s last compositions. Ever since it was premiered in 1850, there has been speculation about it being a farewell; particularly because of the depth of its contents and the moment it was composed but also because of the unusual instrumentation. According to Cristo Barrios, “Schubert avoids adding a second viola to the traditional string quartet, as Mozart and Beethoven had done, and adds a second cello instead, possibly with the aim of getting a deeper sound”. Barrios highlights that “the quintet is fragile and vulnerable, feelings dear to Schubert and the Romantics in general”.
Krzysztof Penderecki’s Quartet for clarinet and string trio according is strongly influenced by the mood of Schubert’s quintet, and more widely by the musical personality of Alban Berg, according to Penderecki himself. “Therefore, the piece connects emotionally with the expressive tone of the 19th century, Schubert being its greatest exponent, while aesthetically is fully rooted in the 20th century”, Cristo Barrios explained.
Tickets can be bought at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday; on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com on this link or calling 902 317 327. You can also buy them at Paraninfo box office in La Laguna University one and half hours before the show starts. Students will enjoy a special discount for this concert, in addition to the usual offers at Auditorio de Tenerife.
Also, as part of the outreach work Quantum Ensemble usually carries out, a group at risk of social exclusion will attend one of the rehearsals to enjoy a didactic session with the musicians. This week, an association of people with autism will have a sensory session on Wednesday, 21st at 5:00 pm at the Paraninfo. On the day of the concert, Friday 23rd, Cristo Barrios, founding musician of Quantum Ensemble, is giving a Performance Class to students of the Conservatorio Profesional and Conservatorio Superior de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, institutions that collaborate with this activity.
The Cabildo presented the sixth season of Quantum Ensemble on Monday, 15 October at a press conference. The new season of this Auditorio de Tenerife resident ensemble includes seven concerts, the first of which - Apocalipsis - is to take place on Wednesday, 17th at 7:30 pm at Sala de Cámara. The Island Director for Culture, José Luis Rivero, and the Quantum Ensemble musicians, Cristo Barrios, Gustavo Díaz-Jerez and David Ballesteros, explained the new programme which, in addition to the concerts, includes talks, master classes for Conservatory students and rehearsals opened to groups at risk of social exclusion.
José Luis Rivero stated that “Auditorio de Tenerife is very proud of Quantum Ensemble, a catalyst for following projects, like Orquesta Barroca de Tenerife and Lava dance company”. “Since it was set up in 2013, Quantum Ensemble has always been a quality collaborating group that approaches classical music in a more flexible, friendly manner”, Rivero explained, to then add that “Quantum is a great musical reality in our country and abroad, which has an influence on our community where they teach but also learn”.
Pianist Gustavo Díaz-Jerez, who was recently awarded the Composición Musical award by Fundación Martín Chirino, said that “we, as Canarian people, are proud to be able to offer our art to the audience this way”, and pointed out that “we’re one of the few ensembles in Spain to carry out community activities”.
Clarinet player Cristo Barrios went over the season concerts and highlighted that “we’ve followed our own taste in the programme and have included contemporary music from the 20th and 21st centuries, premieres and Canarian composers”.
Finally, violinist David Ballesteros admitted that “Quantum Ensemble’s concerts are a good opportunity for people who are not familiar with this type of music”. “We’ve got a big responsibility when we invite groups who don’t usually have access to music or whose education has not put them in touch with it. Both these groups and us benefit from this relationship”, he explained.
In their first season concert, Apocalipsis, they will play Quartet for the End of Time, by Olivier Messiaen, which was composed during the 2nd World War at a concentration camp and premiered in one of the barracks. The three founding members of Quantum Ensemble plus the cellist Ángel Luis Quintana will use a rare instrument, the theremin, to be played by Lydia Kavina, granddaughter of Léon Theremin’s first cousin.
The second concert, Despedida [Farewell], will take place on 22 November at Paraninfo of Universidad de La Laguna and will include pieces by Schubert and Penderecki. The last show in the year is on 20 December, Ecos, a map of Scandinavian music that includes the performance of mezzosoprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons and the Coro Juvenil de Auditorio de Tenerife. Shéhérazade, a homage to the narrator and heroine of One thousand and one nights, opens 2019 on 21 February. We can enjoy Artes on 21 March, a programme designed to highlight how different works of art and different art forms relate to one another. On 11 April Retrato [Portrait] includes the chamber music by composer Leonard Bernstein along with the Spanish Brass Luur Metalls. The season closes on 9 May with Claroscuro, that includes Vienna quartet Minetti and will focus on great masters in the history of music: Mozart and Shostakovich. Each concert has guest musicians and singers invited by the members of the Ensemble to suit the needs of the repertoire.
In addition to the season concerts, Quantum Ensemble also performs outside Tenerife and takes part in the Festival de Música de Canarias with two shows. Quantum Ensemble’s main differentiating feature is their modern approach to classical music, turning it into a more friendly and flexible art form. In addition to master classes, sessions for groups and before-the-show talks, this ensemble offers close contact between the audience and the musicians, sharing their views before the concert starts and at the interval.
Musicians Cristo Barrios, Gustavo Díaz-Jerez and David Ballesteros are not only the funding members of the ensemble but they are also the core of the group. The community activity of Quantum Ensemble consists of sensory sessions that help to approach music in a different way and as a tool of musical expression to groups who are at risk of social exclusion, physically and intellectually-disabled people, the elderly, prison users, etc. These activities are part of the Learning and Community areas of Auditorio de Tenerife, which enjoy the cooperation of Fundación Cepsa and Obra Social “la Caixa” that also offer their volunteer service in these sessions.
Every Friday, after the concert, Quantum Ensemble gives a Performance Class, designed for instrumentalists and singers, students of Conservatorio Profesional y Superior de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife and collaborating companies and institutions. Cristo Barrios leads the workshop in which he seeks to reflect on the role of the interpreter in the creative musical process, as well as develop the creative abilities in students. José Luis Rivero also mentioned that the season brings a new feature: the QB Package, which offers an additional 15 per cent discount for the 2018 concerts by Orquesta Barroca de Tenerife and Quantum Ensemble. Tickets and packages can be bought at the Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday, via the internet on www.auditoriodetenerife.com or calling 902 317 327.
The Auditorio de Tenerife resident chamber music group, Quantum Ensemble, is giving their last performance in the 2017/2018 season at the Auditorio Antonio Lecuona of Tenerife Music Conservatoire. The event, “Transgression”Transgression”, is taking place on Thursday, 17 May at 7:30 pm. Admission is free and invitations can be picked up either at the Auditorio de Tenerife box office or at the Conservatoire.
The ensemble is made up of the following musicians: Cristo Barrios (clarinet), David Ballesteros (violin) and Gustavo Díaz-Jerez (piano). On this occasion, they welcome three guest performers: Javier Negrín, piano, and Carlos Llácer and Francisco Díaz, percussion.
The programme includes Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and The Miraculous Mandarin by Béla Bartók. Two ballets which are full of imagination and cruelty, and which were both viewed as shocking and transgressing when they were first performed. The programme is rounded off with the first performance of a piece that Laura Vega has expressly composed for Auditorio de Tenerife resident chamber ensemble.
As usual in Quantum Ensemble’s events, there will be a talk before the concert to learn more about the pieces to be listened to. This time, Gustavo Díaz-Jerez will meet us at the Conservatoire at 6:30 pm.
The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky depicts the ritual sacrifice of a maiden who is forced by her tribe to dance to death in order to gain the benevolence of the gods. Its first performance took place in Paris in 1913 and has gone down in history as one of the most notorious failures. The critics described it as “an incomprehensible raucous succession of sounds and noise”.
Béla Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin tells the story of a young woman that seduces a mandarin who is robbed and suffocated by some tramps. His body glitters mysteriously before dying. Its premiere in Cologne in 1926, the audience felt so offended that the police had to intervene and its performance was temporarily banned.
The concert prompts us to reflect on how masterpieces are eventually accepted, in spite of the rejection their being radical and original caused in the first audiences.