The most important class, however, for me and for hundreds of other Hungarian musicians, was the chamber-music class. From about the age of fourteen, and until graduation from the Academy, all instrumentalists except the heavy-brass players and percussionists had to participate in this course. Presiding over it for many years was the composer Leó Weiner, who thus exercised an enormous influence on three generations of Hungarian musicians.

Sir Georg Solti
Castalian String Quartet

20 October 2021, 19.00-21.00

Solti Hall

Four by four

Castalian String Quartet Presented by Liszt Academy

Mozart: String Quartet No. 23 in F major, K. 590
Ligeti: String Quartet No. 1 ('Métamorphoses nocturnes')


Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D. 887

Castalian String Quartet: Sini Simonen, Daniel Roberts (violin), Ruth Gibson (viola), Christopher Graves (cello)

Castalian String Quartet, who since their foundation in 2011 have just gained in popularity, bring together the citizens of four different nations. The Finnish, Irish, Welsh and English musicians decided to go with an apt name for the ensemble since in Greek mythology, Castalia is the source of poetic inspiration and works written for the string quartet are perhaps closest to poetry in their complexity, meticulous elaboration, subjectivity and mystery. The musicians have compiled the most brilliant works: the final string quartets from Mozart and Schubert, including Schubert’s sadly rarely performed albeit totally breathtaking masterpiece in terms of its dimensions and proportions. Sandwiched between the two Austrian masters is the string quartet by the 30-year-old György Ligeti composed while still living in Budapest and inspired by the art of Bartók. It comprises 17 successive sections and bears the mystical subtitle ‘Metamorphoses nocturnes’.

Presented by

Liszt Academy Concert Centre


2 900 Ft