The Broad Stage presents an evening with The Takács Quartet, winners of the Grammy Award, Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2021, Chamber category, and Presto Music Classical Recording Award 2021, make their Broad Stage debut on Saturday, March 19 at 7:30PM on the Main Stage.  

Hailed as “arguably the greatest string quartet in the world” by The Guardian, they are joined by guest Julien Labro on bandoneón for two new commissions for the Takács by Brazilian-American composer Clarice Assad and Grammy-winner and The National rock band guitarist Bryce Dessner for quintet and three of Labro’s own works. The program concludes with Ravel’s String Quartet from 1903, the only quartet he ever composed.

The quartet – Edward Dusinberre, violin; Harumi Rhodes, violin; Richard O’Neill, viola; and Andras Fejer, cello – is renowned for the vitality of its interpretations.  The Guardian recently commented, “What endures about The Takacs Quartet, year after year, is how equally the four players carry the music”.  BBC Music Magazine described its recent Dohnanyi recording with pianist Marc Andre Hamelin as “totally compelling, encapsulating a vast array of colors and textures”.  Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, the Grammy Award-winning ensemble performs eighty concerts a year worldwide.  

Heralded as “the next accordion star,” Julien Labro has established himself as the foremost accordion and bandoneón player in both the classical and jazz genres. Deemed to be “a triple threat: brilliant technician, poetic melodist and cunning arranger,” his artistry, virtuosity, and creativity as a musician, composer and arranger have earned him international acclaim and continue to astonish audiences worldwide.

Rob Bailis, Artistic and Executive Director of The Broad Stage, says “The world famous, unbelievably superb The Takács Quartet will be giving us a concert that marks the beginning of a multi-year relationship. The violist Richard O’Neill has just joined The Takács Quartet and was an artist-in-residence with us two seasons back. We can’t wait to have Richard back with the Takács, and to have them regularly with us at The Broad Stage will be absolutely wonderful.”  O’Neill won the 2020 Grammy Award for Classical Instrumental Solo.

Tickets starting at $40 are available at thebroadstage.org, by calling 310.434.3200, and visiting the box office at 1310 11th St. Santa Monica CA 90401, beginning three hours prior to performance. 

Submitted by: Tim Choy, Davidson & Choy Publicity