Anton Batagov + Attacca Quartet
Attacca Quartet possesses "a musical maturity far beyond its members' years" – The Strad
Anton Batagov: Different Things for piano, string quartet, double bass, and four voices (2017) (World Premiere)
L. van Beethoven: String Quartet op. 18 no. 6 (1800)
Anton Batagov, piano
Kris Saebo, double bass
Linda Jones, soprano
Luthien Brackett, mezzo soprano
Andrew Fuchs, tenor
Steven Hrycelak, bass
This varied evening of music includes a World Premiere from influential post-minimalist Russian composer and pianist Anton Batagov, paired with a Beethoven masterwork performed by one of America’s premier young ensembles.
Anton Batagov’s Different Things was commissioned through BAC’s inaugural Cage Cunningham Fellowship.
Leadership support for music programming provided by the Anne and Chris Flowers Foundation and the Thompson Family Foundation.
Composer and pianist Anton Batagov is a graduate of the Gnessin School and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and prizewinner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition (1986) and other competitions. Batagov introduced music by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass to Russian audiences.
He served as artistic director of the Alternativa Festival of contemporary music in Moscow from 1989–1996. In 2009, Batagov received the prestigious Steppenwolf Award in the Best Music category. His 2015 recording I Fear No More, a symphonic/rock vocal cycle performed by the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, was nominated for International Classical Music Awards.
The internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet was formed at the Juilliard School in 2003 and made their professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. In the 2017-2018 season, the Attacca Quartet will be touring extensively throughout the United States and abroad.
Highlights of the season will include appearances at Wolf Trap, Carolina Performing Arts, Converse College, Bay Chamber Concerts, Cedarhurst Chamber Music, Chamber Music Society of Central Kentucky, Glema Mahr, Cranbrook Music Guild, Huntsville Chamber Music Guild, Mobile Chamber Music, Bologna Performing Arts, Oak Ridge Civic Music Association, Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music, Friends of Music in Troy, Symphony Augusta, Florida Keys Concert Association, Palm Beach State College, the Garmany Chamber Music Series, Lyrica Chamber Music, and Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts in New York. The group will also present an ongoing series at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan entitled Based on Beethoven, featuring performances of the complete Beethoven string quartets. The group currently serves as the Ensemble-in-Residence at the School of Music at Texas State University. The Attacca Quartet’s most recent album release included string quartet works of Michael Ippolito. These works were performed as part of the group’s residency at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, including three concerts of works by living composers. The group's next recording project will feature string quartet works of Caroline Shaw. The Attacca Quartet has engaged in extensive educational and community outreach projects, serving as guest artists and teaching fellows at the Lincoln Center Institute, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Vivace String Camp in New York, the Woodlands ChamberFest in Texas, Virginia Arts Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley and Animato Summer Music Camp at Florida International University in Miami. The members of the Attacca Quartet currently reside in New York City.