Aaron Alter's String Theory for String Quartet will be performed by the ÉxQuartet at the International Organ and Chamber Music Festival in Kamień Pomorski, Poland
Performers: Christophe Mantoux / France - organ
String quartet ÈxQuartet : Monika Sawczuk - violin Łukasz Górewicz - violin Grzegorz Sadowski - viola Tomasz Szczęsny - cello
In program: François Couperin (1668–1733) - Messe de paroisses (fragm.): Plein jeu Petite fugue sur le Chromhorne Duo sur les Tierces Dialogue sur la Trompette et le Clairon Tierce en Taille Dialogue sur les Grand jeux performed by Ch. Mantoux
Dimitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) - String Quartet No. 1 in C major, Op. 49 1. Moderato 2. Moderato 3. Allegro molto 4. Allegro performed by the Quartet
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637–1707) - Chorale prelude Wie schön leuchtet uns der Morgenstern BuxWV 223 performed by Ch. Mantoux
Nikos Athanassakis (1972) - String Quartet No. 1 (excerpts): 1. Allegretto 3. Scherzo
Aaron Alter (1955) - String Theory for String Quartet performed by the Quartet
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) - Passacaglia in C minor BWV 582 performed by Ch. Mantoux
Biographical notes: Christophe Mantoux studied at the Paris Conservatory under G. Litaize, also receiving first prizes in harmony and counterpoint. In 1984 he won the international organ competition Grand Prix de Chartres. In 1986–1992 he was the principal organist of the Chartres Cathedral, and in 1992–2011 a professor at the conservatory in Strasbourg. He is currently a professor at the conservatory in Paris and the principal organist of the Saint-Severin church in that city. He has performed in almost all European countries, as well as in North and South America. and China, Japan and South Korea. He is regularly invited to conduct master classes, as well as to sit on the juries of many international organ competitions.
ÈxQuartet is a string quartet made up of members of the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. M. Karłowicz. The formation brings together artists who are pupils of various musical environments: Szczecin, Wrocław and Warsaw. The performers give concerts as chamber musicians, soloists, concertmasters, which gives the opportunity to express different approaches to musical performance. The main goal of the group is to present works in a form of expression different from before. ÉxQuartet in 2020 recorded their 3 debut albums, entitled "New Music For String Quartet" of contemporary music (the albums were awarded the medals at the 2021 Global Music Awards).