DUDOK QUARTET String quartet

Wednesday 19 February 2025 7:30pm

Mozart  –  String quartet in G major, K387
Bushra El-Turk  –  Three Tributes for string quartet
Tchaikovsky  –  String quartet no. 3 in E flat minor, op 30

The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam is forging a reputation as one of the most creative and versatile quartets of its generation.They met first as members of the Ricciotti Ensemble, a Dutch street symphony orchestra, and they are committed to bringing a wide range of music to audiences. Their programme for Ilkley starts with the first and perhaps the best of Mozart’s six ‘Haydn’ quartets, a tribute to the ‘father’ of the string quartet, which culminates in perhaps the liveliest and least academic fugal movement in the repertoire.

Bushra El-Turk is a London-born composer with Lebanese roots, selected by the BBC as one of the most inspiring 100 Women of today. The Dudok premiered her Three Tributes at the end of last year, combining classical and middle-eastern folk traditions.

Tchaikovsky’s three string quartets are unjustly neglected – the third, which completes the concert, is a piece of full-blooded Romanticism written as an elegiac tribute to a close friend.