Mivos Quartet Performs
Morton Feldman’s String Quartet No. 2
Olivia De Prato, violin
Maya Bennardo, violin
Victor Lowrie, viola
Louise McMonagle, cello
The Sound of Stockholm festival, in collaboration with Samtida Musik and the Royal College of Music, is proud to present Mivos Quartet performing Morton Feldman monumental work String Quartet No. 2 (1983), which will be the Swedish premiere of the piece.
Morton Feldman (1926-1987) is one of the seminal figures in 20th century American contemporary music, who along with other composers of the experimental New York School experimented with ideas such as alternative systems of notation and indeterminate music. In his late career, Feldman would push the duration of his musical works to the extreme: the pinnacle of which being String Quartet No. 2, ranging in duration from four to over six hours. This work symbolizes a radical shift from a conventional approach to music form. Rather than considering it a composition, the late composer thought of the work as an “assemblage”, without “[...] continuity of fitting the parts together as words in a sentence or paragraph”. Melodic motifs can repeat as much as thirteen times, and the listener actively participates in the unfolding of the larger structure that is String Quartet No. 2.
Sound of Stockholm is happy to present this concert in collaboration with the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, who will host the concert in their grand hall Kungasalen.
In addition to their performance season, Mivos is committed to the education of young composers and string players, and is regularly the quartet in residence at the Creative Musicians Retreat at the Walden School (USA) and the Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival (ES). The quartet has conducted workshops at Columbia University, Harvard University, Boston University, UC Berkeley, US San Diego, Duke University, Royal Northern College of Music (UK), Shanghai Conservatory (China), University Malaya (Malaysia), Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), the Hong Kong Art Center, and MIAM University in Istanbul (Turkey) among others. Along with their work at educational institutions, Mivos grants the Mivos/Kanter String Quartet Composition Prize, a yearly award to support the work of emerging and mid-career composers residing in the USA, and the I-Creation prize, a competition for composers of Chinese descent worldwide.
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Photo credit: Andrej Grilic