Venue Great Hall
Running time 60 minutes
Artists Škampa Quartet and Florian Mitrea
£10 (50% off students & under 18s)
Next date 12th August 10:00 pm
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About this event
Dvořák’s Piano Quintet Op. 81 was written in just seven weeks during 1887 at the composer’s country cottage at Vysoká, between two of his greatest symphonies, the Seventh and the Eighth, It’s ranked, along with the quintets of Schumann and Brahms, as one of the finest: Dvořák scholar Alec Robertson wrote ‘Simply one of the most perfect chamber music works in existence…the melodies are of the greatest beauty and freshness, and a joyous springtime happiness flows through the music.’
Dvořák – Piano Quintet no.2 in A major Op.81
Helena Jiříkovská violin
Adéla Štajnochrová violin
Martin Stupka viola
Lukáš Polák cello
Florian Mitrea piano
The Škampa Quartet is among the very finest of Czech string quartets, representing their country in major concert halls around the world for twenty-five years, and we’re thrilled to welcome them back to Dartington, after their first visit in 2016. Prizes at international competitions, awards from the Royal Philharmonic Society, and an appointment as the first-ever Resident Artists at the Wigmore Hall provided early recognition which led to invitations to perform at major festivals world-wide including Prague Spring, Schwetzingen, Edinburgh, Schleswig-Holstein and Melbourne. From the beginning they have established a close relationship with BBC Radio 3 resulting in regular broadcasts. They teach in many places around the world, but particularly at the Royal Academy of Music in London where they were appointed Visiting Professors of Chamber Music in 2001.
The British/Romanian pianist Florian Mitrea was born in Bucharest, but has been based in the UK since 2008 when his early passion for the piano led him to a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Florian has enjoyed regular success in international piano competitions, being a major prize winner in 2017 at the Scottish International Piano Competition, and in the RNCM-JMIPC and Verona competitions (2016), at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (2015), and at the ARD International Music Competition (2014) among others. Florian is currently studying with Boris Petrushansky in Imola, and holds a Making Music PDGYA award for 2017-19.
About our Summer Concerts
This concert is part of the Dartington International Summer School & Festival, a month-long musical celebration, encompassing shared music making, learning and listening.
Our extensive public concert series utilises a faculty of internationally renowned and emerging musicians to create a stunning cross-genre programme of over 100 concerts and events. Set against the backdrop of Dartington’s striking medieval Great Hall, the Summer School’s concert series presents the highest levels of performance in a carefully curated collection of classic works and “made for Dartington” exclusives. Full listings for the Summer School concert series can be found here.
If you are interested in taking part in one of Summer School’s music courses, you can find out further details here.
Food and drink
Head up to the Dartington estate early to enjoy our pre-concert food offerings. The Green Table café will be staying open late during the festival, plating up fresh and seasonal local food and drinks. Next to the Great Hall, The White Hart restaurant and bar will be serving a selection of food, along with a broad range of quality drinks and between concert nibbles.
Offer: Special rate for Dartington Members
Monday 12th August
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Visiting Dartington Hall
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The Dartington Experiment began in 1925 and was based on the idea that humans are many-sided – and how we need environments that encourage our whole being to flourish, in connection with nature and each other.
This idea is as true today is it ever was.