17.07 at 5 PM St. Elizabeth’s Church
String Quartet M4GNET
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) – String Quartet No. 6 Op. 18 in B♭ Major (1798–1800)
Allegro con brio
Adagio ma non troppo
La Malinconia: Adagio – Allegretto quasi Allegro
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) – String Quartet No. 5 Op. 92 in B♭ Major (1952)
Allegro non troppo
Andante – Andantino – Andante – Andantino – Andante
Moderato – Allegretto – Andante
M4GNET Quartet is a young and forward-looking chamber ensemble from Estonia that consists of four outstanding string soloists: Robert Traksmann, Katariina Maria Kits (violins), Mart Kuusma (viola) and Marcel Johannes Kits (cello). These four dedicated players form a perfect unity to deliver vivid and vibrant performances of chamber music, being highly motivated and already established in their field.
M4GNET Quartet was formed in 2021 with the aim of performing the vast range of quartet repertoire from the classical to the most modern musical styles. The members of M4GNET have played together in different formations (dou, trio and quartet settings) for over ten years, but the decisive impulse to form a stable quartet came from the new residency programme initiative of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia. The objective of the residency programme is to expand opportunities for chamber music and ensembles via supporting the establishment of new ensembles, offering opportunities to collaborate with a manager, and broaden the ensemble’s repertoire by newly commissioned compositions.
M4GNET Quartet seeks to perform widely known quartet repertoire and also curiously hidden works from the great string quartet tradition. Special emphasis is put on works from the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania). Robert Traksmann and Katariina-Maria Kits play on rare violins kindly provided by The Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments. Recently the quartet was awarded 1st prize at the International Chamber Music Competition KraCamera 2021 in Kraków, Poland.