Triskel and the National String Quartet Foundation are partnering once again on a series of Saturday lunchtime classical music concerts, this time to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827). For the spring series, they present three concerts, featuring seven new commissions by some of Ireland’s leading composers. The series is presented with the support of the Arts Council, RTÉ and Cork City Council.
The National String Quartet Foundation is a legacy of the work of the Vanbrugh Quartet. Resident Quartet to RTÉ from 1986 to 2013 and Artists-in-Residence at University College, Cork from 1990 until the retirement of violinist Gregory Ellis in 2017, the Vanbrugh Quartet gave nearly two thousand concerts throughout Ireland as well as enjoying a successful international career. The Foundation creates and sponsors projects which bring live chamber music to audiences throughout Ireland. It is committed to supporting musicians who wish to explore and perform the string quartet repertoire and to helping concert promoters present this rich and rewarding music. In its first full year of operation, 2018, the Foundation secured Arts Council funding to present a spring season of ten concerts in Cork City and County, followed by an autumn season of twenty seven concerts for fourteen promoters nationwide. The 2019 season will build on this with at least forty concerts given by eleven string quartets, all of them with Irish connections.
As well as it current substantial Arts Grant Funding from the Arts Council, The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of its founding partner UCC and the support of Cork City and County Councils. www.nsqf.ie