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Date: April 1, 2017 Author: Categories: News | Press Releases

The Enduring Power of Beethoven's String Quartets

BY KIERSTEN VAN VLIET ON 1 APRIL 2017CHAMBER MUSIC, CLASSICAL, INTERVIEWSAfter this, what is left for us to write?”

—Franz Schubert after hearing Beethoven’s late String Quartet No. 14, Op. 131

This year at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Dover Quartet will be in residence to play the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 16 String Quartets and the Große Fuge Op. 133. Winners of the first prize at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC), this youthful US-based quartet recently won Avery Fisher Career Grant, the highest honour for performers at this stage of their career.

Denis Brott, Photo: Christine Bourgier

Denis Brott, Photo: Christine Bourgier

The Dover Quartet—comprised of violinists Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, and cellist Camden Shaw—first caught the eye of the festival’s Founder and Artistic Director Denis Brott at the BISQC. “The year that they won the first prize in the competition, I gave a lecture on Beethoven called ‘The Emotional Language of Beethoven,’” says Brott. “I had heard the quartet during the

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