Exceptionally talented piano quartet Quadra is one of the fastest rising professional music groups in Latvia. The Baltic Fantasies concert streamed from the beautiful National Library of Latvia includes three pieces specially written for Quadra by internationally renowned composers Andris Dzenītis abstractly emotional compositions “3 in 4” (2020), Gundega Šmite “Six Fantasies After Latvian Folk Songs” (2020, premiere) and Arvydas Malcys piece for the flower of poets and gods “The Snow Hyacinth” (2019). Tõnis Kaumann provides “Instructions for Life” (2002, premiere) 20 years later.

LIVE STREAM EVENT @ 2021-05-01 18:00/6pm CET | 19:00/7pm EET

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The Baltic Fantasies

Gundega Šmite (*1977, Latvia) – Six Fantasies After Latvian Folk Songs (2020, premiere, dedicated to Quadra)
Tõnis Kaumann (*1971) – Piano Quartet “Instructions for Life” (2002, premiere), III movement
Andris Dzenītis (*1978, Latvia) – 3 in 4 (2020, dedicated to Quadra)
Arvydas Malcys (*1957, Lithuania) – The Snow Hyacinth (2013, dedicated to Quadra)

Quadra Piano Quartet (Latvia)

Rihards Plešanovs – piano
Arvīds Zvagulis – violin
Pēteris Trasuns – violin
Kārlis Klotiņš – cello

The exceptionally talented piano quartet Quadra is one of the most rapidly rising professional music collectives in Latvia. The repertoire of Quadra includes music from different eras, with special focus on the chamber music of contemporary and Latvian composers. The quartet often premieres and performs works by Pēteris Vasks, Imants Zemzars, Tālivalds Ķeniņš, Jānis Ķepītis, Agra Engelmāns, Andris Dzenītis, Oskars Herliņš, Armands Skuķis, Vineta Līce and Juris Karlsons. The ensemble’s concert “Ķeniņš un Quadra” on November 30, 2019 at the New Music Festival “Arena” was nominated for the Latvian “Grand Music Award 2019” in the category “Concert of the Year”. Musicologist Armands Znotins has said about Quadra: “Without the piano quartet Quadra, Latvian chamber music would be much poorer. They perform new works by Latvian composers while remaining true to already established values; they maintain a dialogue between these scores and the performance of foreign avant-garde, occasionally glancing at the older and more classical past.”

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Estonian Music Days, a festival with 42 years of history, will bring together the first edition of Baltic Music Days 2021 which this year takes place online and is free for all! 

Every year the Estonian Music Days festival has a theme permeating its concerts. The focus of the 2021 festival is “DNA”, which seeks a dialogue between our biological genetics, cultural origins, musical thinking, and science.

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