It is a great pleasure and privilege for us to have been Artists-in-Residence at Central European University for the past four seasons. We have played more than forty different programs since our first concert – many times in front of packed halls, and we have had great success both with critics and with the audience, combined of the CEU community, the international community of Budapest, and the local concert-going crowd.
We are very honoured to have played here with outstanding musicians, both prize winners of our generation like István Várdai, Emőke Baráth, and our teachers’ generation, including András Kemenes, and György Konrád.
Life at CEU
We are happy to have participated in the every-day life of CEU, playing at board meetings, receptions, memorial services, charity concerts, the Hay Festival, etc. It has also been a great experience to play with CEU faculty John Earl and to perform Terry Riley’s iconic piece ‘In C‘ together with CEU students.
At our concerts we have played a great variety of chamber music, from baroque to contemporary. We have put a great emphasis on twentieth century and contemporary music, and have performed several new pieces written for Classicus Ensemble. We also explored jazz. We have given several curated concerts – where the pieces are linked together by an underlying theme, this way exploring many rarely played or forgotten masterpieces. At a special concert, we performed Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata together with Janacek’s 1st string quartet, which also bears the name Kreutzer Sonata, with CEU Rector and President John Shattuck reading Tolstoy’s novel – The Kreutzer Sonata.
We are very much looking forward to many more exciting concerts to come!