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On January 17th 2017 the quartet performed in the new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. The programme included the first performance of Youngi Pagh-Paan's Horizont auf hoher See alongside music by Ferneyhough, Lachenmann and Manoury. The hall's anouncement for the concert read as follows: The Arditti Quartet is the first string quartet to perform in the Elbphilharmonie Recital Hall – a reward for its consistent involvement with contemporary music, which will have a prominent place in the new glassy »wave« in Hamburg’s harbour. The Arditti Quartet has been »the« benchmark for new quartet music for over four decades. That is not only true for audiences and music connoisseurs, but also for the leading composers of our time.


On 14th March the quartet performed in the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens The Tree of Strings by Birtwistle and Everything is important by Jenny Walshe.


On 19th March the quartet performed at the festival Maerzmusik in Berlin. They gave the second performance of Haas's 10th quartet which was performed in complete darkness. Also Jenny Walshe's Everything is important was heard.


In March and April the quartet visited the USA. The eagerly awaited guitar quintet by Wolfgang Rihm was not written as the composer is sick. We all wish him a speedy recovery. Instead, the Ardittis' and Eliot Fisk gave the premier of Son dementes cuerdas by Hilda Paredes in Washington on 24th March. Further performances of this quintet took place in Washington, Pittsburg, Indianapolis and Montclair University in New Jersey. In Montclair the Ardittis' gave the premier of the first complete performance of Bolcom's 8th quartet.


The tour schedule was:

24th March in Washington at the Library of Congress: Programme: Berio, Lachenmann, Manoury, Paredes.

26th March in Pittsburgh at the Warhol Museum for Music on the Edge. Programme: Berio, Felder, Kurtag, Paredes, Xenakis.

29th March in Indianapolis at the Basile Theatre/Glick Indiana History Centre. Programme:Berio, Kurtag, Lachenmann, Manoury, Paredes.

31st March in Buffalo at Lippes Hall/University of Buffalo. Programme:Birtwistle, Felder, Paredes, Manoury.

1st April in Montclair, New Jersey at the Alexander Kasser Theatre. Programme:Bolcom, Carter, Czernowin, Paredes.

In Montclair they performed Czernowin's octet Anea and were joined by the Shanghai quartet.


On 8th and 9th April the quartet was heard in the Isang Yun Festival in Tongyeong, South Korea.

Tongyeong was the birthplace of Isang Yun and this year is the 100th Anniversary of his birth. For this occasion, the quartet programmed two of Yun's quartets. The first concert also included the new quartet Horizont auf hoher See by Youngi Pagh-Paan.

Music by Dun, Hosokawa, Manoury, Stravinsky and Takemitsu was alsoheard.


On 22nd April the quartet visited Vienna as part of the normal concert in the Konzerthaus. They gave the premier of Dufourt's 3rd string quartet. Also music by Manoury and Ofenbauer was heard.


The quartet returned to the new music days in Witten, Germany and performed there on 5th, 6th and 7th May. On 5th, alongside Ensemble Modern they gave the premier of Ferneyhough's new Umbrations cycle. The work included Christus Resurgens, a new quintet with double-bass and In Nomine, a new solo cello work. His Dum Transisset I-IV is also part of the cycle. Other works for quartet performed, a premier Entre les lignes by Philippe Hurel and the German premier of Birtwistle's Silk House Sequences and two octets Indigo by Milica Djordevic and Undone by Rand Steiger continues the collaboration with the Jack quartet.


Ferneyhough's Umbrations cycle was performed again in Frankfurt on 8th May.

Further performances in 2017 can be heard in the Autumn at the Festival D'Automne in Paris and at the Huddersfield Festival.


On 18th May the quartet visited Oslo playing at the only connect festival. They gave the premiere of Kristine Tjørgersen's Misterios do Corpo. Also Jenny Walshe's Everything is important and Cage's Four was played.


The quartet were pleased to be invited to perform in the new Pierre Boulez Saal at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin where they gave 2 concerts on 20th and 21st May. The first concert contained music by Bartok, Berg, Bertrand and Manoury. The next day within the framework of a Elliott Carter day, the quartet performed all 5 of Carter's quartet's, the fifth being written for them. This is the first time they have performed all the Carter quartets in one day.


On 14th June, the quartet returned to the Wigmore hall in London. They performed three recent works, Dufourt's 3rd quartet Le Supplice de Marsyas d’après Titien, Pagh Paan's Horizont auf hoher See, and Paredes's Son dementes cuerdas, for guitar and string quartet. For the last work they were joined by Eliot Fisk.


For the second half of June the quartet relocated to Japan. They performed in the following venues:

June 17th 16.00 Mito Art Theatre Lachenmann Gran Torso, Grido

June 18th 15.00 Izumi Hall, Osaka Bartok 6 Kurtag Officium Breve, Ligeti 2, Nishimura 6 Suzaku - The Vermilion Bird (premiere)

June 23rd 19.00 Rohm Theatre, Kyoto Kurtag Microludes, Hosokawa Silent Flowers, Ligeti 2, Xenakis St4, Ikhoor, Tetras

June 24th 19.00 Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall Ravel, Nishimura 6 Suzaku - The Vermilion Bird, Hosokawa Silent Flowers, Bartok 6

June 26th 19.00 Salvia Hall, Tsurumi Bartok 3, Ligeti 2, Hosokawa Silent Flowers, Lachenmann Grido

June 30th 19.00 Tokyo Opera City Hosokawa Fluss for quartet and orchestra

In Kyoto, the Xenakis works were staged with the dancer Tsuyoshi Shirai. In the Tokyo Opera City concert the orchestra was the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra under Kazushi Ono.


The quartet returned to Europe at the beginning of July and performed at Musica Viva in Munich.

On 6th July, Mark Andre's Miniatures (iv13) received its premiere as well as Cosa Resta by Sciarrino for counter tenor and string quartet. They were joined by Jake Arditti for the Sciarrino. Also quartet's by Rihm and Birtwistle were heard in this programme.

On 8th July, they performed all 4 quartets by Harvey.


The Autumn season opened with a concert on 9th September at the Klangspuren festival in Innsbruck. The premiere of Evan Gardner's

Oxford Concise Dictionary of Music, Page  712 was heard alongside Olga Neuwirth's quartet In the realms of the unreal and Jenny Walshe's Everything is important.


On 26th September they returned to the Festival Traiettorie in Parma performing works by Bertrand, Birtwistle, Neuwirth and Pagh Paan.


On 29th September they returned to the Festival Sacrum Profanum in Cracow to perform music by Eastman, Radulescu and Jenny Walshe's Everything is important.


In October the quartet were one of the features of the Festival D'Automne in Paris. They performed three concerts celebrating old and new collaborations. On 7th October there was an all Ferneyhough programme together with Ensemble Modern and Brad Lubman. Alongside the new Umbrations cycle Unsichtbare Farben and Terrain were also performed. On 9th October a new work by Clara Iannota, Dead wasps in the jam jar was performed alongside quartets by Andre, Ligeti and Rihm. The final concert on 16th October included quartets by Neuwirth and Xenakis and Cosa Resta by Sciarrino with Jake Arditti, counter tenor. A new work for harp, percussion and electronics Sortilegio by Hilda Paredes was also performed by Virginie Tarrete and Laszlo Hudacsek.


A short trip to the United States in October included a concert in Chicago on 20th October and another in Boston on the 22nd.

The programme for Chicago contained the two Ligeti quartets and Bartok quartets 3 and 4. In Boston an all female programme was heard with quartets by Iannota, Lim, Neuwirth, Paredes and Saunders.


On 30th October the quartet performed in Milano Musica where the festival featured the music of Sciarrino. They performed his recent work Cosa Resta for counter-tenor and quartet with Jake Arditti as well as his early 6 Quartetti Brevi. The programme also included music by Ligeti and Tenney.


The regular visits to Wien Modern continued with a concert on 13th November. The programme presented the premiere of Gadenstaetters Reigen and music by Dufourt, Gosta Neuwirth and Everything is important by Walshe with the composer's participation.


Their regular visits to the Huddersfield contemporary music festival also continued and on 18th November they performed alongside Ensemble Modern conducted by Brad Lubman, the recent Umbrations Cycle by Ferneyhough, which was first heard in Witten this year.


The last concert of the year will be in Basle for the Chamber Music Society on 28th November. Music by Dillon, Manoury, Paredes and Rihm can be heard.


Various film link's are available at the following:
The various films available free include performances and rehearsals with such composers
as Ferneyhough, Harvey, Lachenmann and Rihm.