"2009 marked the 200th anniversary of the death of Josef Haydn. The most influential composer for the string quartet, having written no less than an astonishing 78 quartets, Haydn is deservedly acknowledged as establishing the string quartet in the mainstream of compositional activity in the 18th century. These works inspired many of his contemporaries and continue to inspire countless composers to write for string quartet.
"The Callino Quartet has always had the desire to explore 18th century classical string quartet repertoire on period instruments. We took the opportunity of this anniversary to embark on a comprehensive historically informed exploration of the classical string quartet repertoire using period instruments. Our research began with Haydn, widely acknowledged as the founder of the string quartet, but we also then hope to take our exploration further through the quartet repertoire to the 19th century as far as Mendelssohn and Schumann."
Sarah Sexton and Sarah McMahon are supported in this project by an Arts Council bursary.
Continuing their open approach to concert programming, the quartet will deepen their study and love of the quartet literature by devoting time to researching the performance of Haydn string quartets on period instruments.
The Quartet will give two performances of string quartets as part of this project in November 2010.
Saturday 20 November ParadeTower, KilkennyCastle Haydn Op. 20 No. 5 in F minor Haydn Op. 77 No. 1 in G major Schubert A minor
Sunday 21 November 12 Dublin City Gallery - The Hugh Lane Haydn Op. 20 No. 5 in F minor Haydn Op. 77 No. 1 in G major
These concerts are supported by a Music Network Performance and Touring Award
The Callino Quartet was formed at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in 1999. Their deep musical affinity and mutual passion for chamber music made their debut performance at the festival an instant success. In their career since then the quartet members have endeavoured to retain the freshness in their concerts by applying a thoughtful and historically informed approach to the full spectrum of the string quartet repertoire. As well as enjoying performing the more traditional classical quartet repertoire, they have cultivated close collaborations with many interesting contemporary composers as well as other artists.