Sonar String Quartet

Date - Friday 22 March
7:00 pm The Warehouse


6pm – Pre-concert talk in The Cello Factory, where drinks and snacks will be available to purchase. Michael Finnissy and Helmut Zapf in conversation with Keith Potter.

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The world premiere of Civilisation by the remarkable composer Michael Finnissy is a London Ear commission. It’s not commonly known in Britain that there was a cutting-edge musical avant-garde in the former East Germany – Georg Katzer (Hans Eisler’s last student) was their no.1 composer, and he is still going strong. We hear another world premiere from Katzer’s student Helmut Zapf, now one of Berlin’s leading composers, and quartet by Norwegian composer Jon Øivind Ness.

Georg Katzer (DE)
4th Quartet *

Helmut Zapf (DE)
Blurred Edges – 9 Bagatelles **

Michael Finnissy (GB)
Civilisation (LEF commission) **

Jon Øivind Ness (NO)
Charm *

Sonar String Quartet (Berlin), with its focus on 21 century music, was founded in 2006. They have close links with many contemporary composers and have given over twenty premières in the past three years, including ten works written especially for them. They have made appearances at Ultrasound Festival, at Young China, at the Randspiele in Zepernick, the Ostrava Days, Intersonanzen Potsdam, the Zurich New Music Days, the Pan Music Festival in Seoul, the New Music Forum in Cologne, the Weimar New Music Days and the Contemporary Music Days in Bludenz. They have performed in venues ranging from the world famous Berlin Konzerthaus to art galleries, jazz clubs and even an unused swimming pool! They have launched a number of concert series since 2007, supported by the Initiative Neue Musik Berlin and the German Music Council. In 2010 the Sonar Quartet made its debut CD, in cooperation with German Radio, of string quartets by Georg Katzer which was awarded the German Record Critics’ Prize; followed in 2011 by a CD of works by Walter Zimmermann and Ursula Mamlok.

Tickets: £10/£7 on the door