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A very European quartet

The Granada-based Ars Nova Quartet.
The Granada-based Ars Nova Quartet. / SUR
  • Ars Nova, a Granada-based quartet, will be playing at El Molino de Cajiz on Sunday 6 May and then on Thursday 10 May at the Sala Unicaja de Conciertos María Cristina in Malaga

Ars Nova, a Granada-based quartet, will be playing at El Molino de Cajiz on Sunday 6 May and then on Thursday 10 May at the Sala Unicaja de Conciertos María Cristina in Malaga. They will be accompanied by pianist and owner of the Molino de Cajiz, Cornelia Lezin.

Ars Nova have been performing together for almost 30 years. The quartet is formed by two violinists, Peter Biely from Bratislavia in Slovakia and Joachim Kopyto, from Freiburg in Germany. Matthias Stern is from Basel in Switzerland and plays the cello and Andrzej Skrobiszewski, from Gdansk in Poland, plays the viola.“As you can see, we are a typical Spanish quartet,” Matthias Stern jokes.

Joachim, Andrzej and Matthias are founding members of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada (OCG) and have lived in the city since 1989 and Peter joined the group later.

Matthias describes the group and their style as a “four wheel drive quartet” as they “like not to play exclusively standard classical music”.

Sunday and Thursday's concerts will both include A. Dvořák's piano quintet and “an unknown funny piece” as Matthias puts it, by P. Hindemith, called Minimax.

Matthias adds that the quartet like to do the performances with a small introduction, explaining that this “relaxes the public and helps them enjoy the music”.

Cornelia Lezin is from Basel, like Matthias, but he explains that they met here in Spain although Matthias's brother had heard about her and suggested the two Swiss musicians should meet. “The first rehearsal we did was just amazing, full of understanding and harmony,” recalls Matthias.