Recognized as one of the world’s premier string quartets, the Takács Quartet has been in residence at the University of Colorado since 1983 and, in collaboration with other string faculty, has developed a program geared toward students who relish the chance to develop their artistry with a special emphasis on chamber music, in a small tightly knit community where students will not be lost in the crowd. Members of the Takács admit a small number of students to their individual classes each year and work intensively with a resident graduate string quartet. Although the quartet maintains a high-profile international career, the schedule is managed carefully to allow for regular and frequent periods teaching in Boulder. The quartet’s commitment to teaching is enhanced by summer residencies at the Aspen Festival and at the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara. The Takács is a Visiting Quartet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
The residency of the Takács Quartet at the College of Music at CU-Boulder is made possible in part with the generous support of Barbara and Ralph Christoffersen. Significant scholarships to study with members of the Takács are available, thanks to the Takács Society and the Starling Foundation.
The Takács perform 80 concerts a year worldwide, maintaining an active career in Europe as well as Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Korea. The quartet are Associate Artists at the South Bank Centre in London, performing several concerts there each year and participating in outreach projects. Additionally, they perform an exclusive series in Grusin Music Hall every year. For ticket information, visit the CU Presents website.
The ensemble is known for its award-winning recordings on the Decca label, including its two-CD set of Beethoven’s three “Razumovsky” String Quartets, Op. 59 and Quartet in E–flat Major, Op. 74, “Harp”, which won the Grammy Award and the Gramophone Award for Best Chamber Performance in 2002. The album is the first installment of the Takács Quartet’s recordings of the complete Beethoven Quartet cycle in three sets, the second of which (the Early Quartets, Op. 18) was released in January 2004, and won the 2004 Japan Record Academy Chamber Music Award. The quartet’s third and final CD of the late quartets plus Op. 95 and the Grosse Fugue, was released to ecstatic praise in January, 2005. Of their performances and recordings of these quartets, the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote “The Takács might play this repertoire better than any quartet of the past or present.”