Calidore Announced as Next Quartet to Perform Complete Beethoven Cycle at New York’s Lincoln Center

9 Feb 2024

The Calidore String Quartet has earned the prestigious spot in Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s 24/25 season, performing the complete cycle of Beethoven’s String Quartets. Building on the tradition established by the Emerson String Quartet, the Calidore promises to deliver compelling performances throughout their six appearances on October 22 & 27, 2024, January 28, February 4, May 9 & 18, 2025. Their recording of the late Beethoven quartets on Signum has garnered great critical attention including a nomination for the BBC Magazine Music Awards. “The players have clearly thought long and hard about these masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire, and they have produced performances that can stand comparison with the best,” wrote BBC Music Magazine.

Co-artistic Director of CMS and founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, David Finckel, talks about the cycle project: “The presenting that we do is not only intellectual, but also human and visceral. When the pandemic hit, it was just after the Danish String Quartet had finished the cycle. When we got back to presenting concerts, [CMS CoArtistic Director] Wu Han and I looked at each other and said: I think people need the Beethoven quartets. […] We could sense that the Calidore String Quartet was on the same cusp of Beethoven maturity as the Emerson was so many years ago. We did not reach the maturity that the Calidore has now for another ten years after we first played the cycle, and they have already recorded all of it.”

Read the full official announcement from the CMS of Lincoln Center here.

Photo Credit: Marco Borggreve