Dmitri Shostakovich was deeply affected by Soviet communism, which sprang into life in October 1917 – inspired by the studies of Marx and Engels in Chetham’s Library. As we approach the centenary of Red October, Chetham’s presents all fifteen Shostakovich String Quartets, performed by superb professional performers, Chetham’s students and leading conservatoires.
The Navarra Quartet open the Second Movement of the cycle for The Stoller Hall’s Opening Weekend, in a concert featuring Shostakovich’s intimate Fifth Quartet, proceeding attaca through references to older works, old friendships and old loves.
Since its formation at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2002, the Navarra Quartet has built an international reputation as one of the most dynamic and poetic string quartets of today. Selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust from 2006 to 2010, they have been awarded the MIDEM Classique Young Artist Award, a Borletti- Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a Musica Viva tour and prizes at the Banff, Melbourne and Florence International String Quartet Competitions. The Navarra Quartet is Associated Ensemble in Residence at Birmingham Conservatoire and was the recipient of the ChamberStudio Mentorship 2013, generously supported by the Musicians Benevolent Fund. Combined with their constant desire for evolution, the mentorship has allowed them to continue working with renowned musicians such as Eberhard Feltz, David Waterman and Ferenc Rados.
Book any four concerts in the Shostakovich cycle to receive a 20% discount.