Jonathan Masaki Schwarz, violin
Amelie Cosima Wallner, violin
Mayu Konoe, viola
Lukas Minoru Schwarz, cello
Grand winner of the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in 2022, where they succeeded in convincing the jury, the public and the young audience, thanks in particular to their frantic interpretation of the fugue from Beethoven’s Opus 59 No. 3, the Leonkoro Quartet opens this year’s Vibre! Festival at Château Lafite Rothschild. The brothers Jonathan and Lukas Schwarz, accompanied by Amelie Wallner and Mayu Konoe, who also won the Wigmore Hall International Competition in London in 2022, will perform Joseph Haydn’s The Bird Quartet, which under its air of an ornithological study is one of the birth certificates of the classical quartet. The call of the cuckoo and the chirping of the first movement do not reveal the surprise of the central trio, where the two violins, now feathered, seem to be talking to themselves on a wire. Then it is the turn of the Ravélian mechanics to sing, in the Basque composer’s one and only quartet. “In the name of the gods of music and mine, don’t touch anything in your quartet”, Debussy begged. Ravel, fortunately, heeded the advice.
Joseph Haydn, Quartet in C major, Op. 33 No. 3, L’Oiseau
Erwin Schulhoff, Five Pieces for String Quartet
Maurice Ravel, String Quartet in F major