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Belcea String Quartet Makes PUC Debut with Three Romantic Masterpieces

September 16, 2016

Recipients of the Gramophone Award for Best Debut Recording, the Belcea String Quartet makes a rare visit to the United States to perform works by two great melodicists: Johannes Brahms and Franz Schubert. On this long-awaited tour, the Quartet will make their Princeton University Concerts (PUC) debut on Thursday, October 13, 2016, 8PM, at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. In honor of the group’s formation at the Royal College of Music, ticketholders are welcome to a free pre-concert performance at 7PM by Princeton University students who have participated in the university’s exchange program at the Royal College of Music.

PUC has presented an incredible array of chamber music’s greatest stars throughout its past few seasons. The Belcea Quartet is one of the only reining European groups to have not yet appeared on the series. Known for the way in which “[they] seize the music’s energy, shocking us out of our seats with every fortissimo” The Guardian (London), the Quartet has also long distinguished itself through its leadership by first violinist, Corina Belcea. Not only did Ms. Belcea, a protégée of violinist Yehudi Menuhin, break the mold in a genre dominated by male leaders, but she has also since established the quartet at the forefront of outreach to the next generation of string quartets. The Belcea Quartet Trust is an ambitious new project that offers intensive coaching sessions for ensembles on the rise. Amid a season also featuring the legendary Hagen String Quartet, with frequent appearances by the Princeton-favorite Takács String Quartet as they perform the complete Beethoven String Quartet cycle, the Belcea Quartet promises to bring a surprise element to PUC. The chance to encounter a group rarely heard live in the United States poises this concert as one of the most exciting on the PUC series this year.

WHEN: Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 8PM, a musical preview at 7PM is free to ticketholders
WHAT: SCHUBERT: Quartet No. 12 in C Minor, D. 703 “Quartettsatz”
BRAHMS: Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2
SCHUBERT: Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810 “Death and the Maiden”
WHERE: Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University
TICKETS: $50, 40, 25 General; $10 Students. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to the concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office.
PHOTOS: Please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at or 609-258-6024.

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Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk
Phone:  609-258-6024