On Sunday, April 29, Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music (BFCM) presents the brilliant Romanian pianist Matei Varga at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Oxford Street @ Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene. Mr. Varga will be joined by the prize-winning Linden String Quartet in a performance including Dvorak's Piano Quintet.
The program includes:
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4
Leos Janacek: In the Mists for solo piano
Kelly Marie Murphy: Dark Energy
Antonin Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81
Romanian pianist Matei Varga has performed at major venues around the world, among them Carnegie Hall, the Auditorium du Louvre and Salle Gaveau in Paris and the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Romanian Athenaeum and the Radio Hall (Bucharest), Royal Dramatic Theater (Stockholm) and Casals Hall (Tokyo), among many others. He is a prizewinner of Young Concert Artists International Auditions (2008), the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona, the Porto International Piano Competition and the George Enescu Competition in Bucharest. During the 2012-2013 season he will present recitals all over the world with the complete piano works of Dinu Lipatti. Matei Varga has participated in many prestigious music festivals, including the International Keyboard Festival in New York, the Music Festival of the Hamptons, Festival de Sintra (Portugal); Festival dei Due Mondi (Spoleto, Italy), Young Euro Classics (Berlin), Festival European "Jeunes Talents" (Paris) and the "Hariclea Darclee" and "George Enescu" International Festivals in Romania. He appeared as a soloist with the "George Enescu" Philharmonic, the Hartford Symphony, the Romanian National Radio Orchestra, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Porto National Orchestra, and the Morocco Philharmonic.
...Varga makes a vivid impression -- Fanfare
...magical -- Suddeutsche Zeitung
...masterful -- New York Concert ReviewFounded in 2008, the Linden String Quartet is a winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Gold Medal and Grand Prize of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman-Barstow Prize at the 2009 Coleman National Chamber Ensemble Competition, First Prize at the 2010 Hugo Kauder Competition, and the ProQuartet Prize at the 9th Borciani International String Quartet Competition. The Linden Quartet is currently the Gradate String Quartet-in-Residence at Yale University where the ensemble is mentored by the Tokyo String Quartet.