Founded on the principles of the rich concept of Chaos in the arts, science, and philosophy, the Chaos String Quartet takes risks and welcomes the unpredictable in its performance of the classical quartet repertoire.

In its second Friday Lunchtime Concert, the Quartet presents its ‘Ordered Chaos’ programme – a varied and inventive exploration of chaos as the "archetype of everything creative", bringing together music from five centuries and several countries.

The Quartet writes:
“In Greek mythology, Khaos is rather a primeval, unstructured potential from which anything can arise. Music is a form of creation in which sounds and tones are arranged in a certain structure to create a harmonious composition. Without khaos, the chaotic state from which everything arises, there would be no way to shape and transform these sounds and tones into a musical creation. To follow a very own and fundamentally sincere path, a path that wants to overcome supposed boundaries - that is the motto of the Chaos String Quartet. The four quartet members see chaos as the "archetype of everything creative", whereby art, science and philosophy can be combined into a total work of art, and they share the desire to be present as a risk-taking, multinational voice on the chamber music stages of the world.”

Susanne Schäffer violin
Eszter Kruchió violin
Sara Marzadori viola
Bas Jongen cello

Die Schöpfung. Die Vorstellung des Chaos (8’)
Les élémens: Le chaos (7’)
Excerpts from Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 (5')
String Quartet No.2  (20’)
Zaïs: Overture (Chaos) (6’)
String Quartet No.3: Andante (1st movement) (7’)
Grosse Fuge, Op.133 (15’)

About Chaos String Quartet
Founded in 2019 on the interdisciplinary concept of Chaos, the Quartet combines a highly refined ensemble culture and a fiery vitality with a passion for exploring experimental and improvisational approaches. With their affinity for embracing unpredictability and risk-taking, the ensemble’s members bring a unique dynamism and vibrancy to their playing featuring a whole universe of sounds.

Recently selected as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist 2023-2025, the Chaos String Quartet is rapidly establishing itself on the international music scene. The Quartet has been successful at the most prestigious international competitions. Additional successes include winning the 2nd Prize at Budapest’s 2021 Bartók World Competition and the Premio V. E. Rimbotti in Italy.

Friday Lunchtime Concerts
Each Friday from January to March we invite you to our Friday Lunchtime Concerts on the Suffolk Coast. We offer musical delight and respite from the winter winds in the shape of performances by brilliant young ensembles from the UK and abroad. All ensembles in this series are Britten Pears Young Artists for 2023-24, and are on a Chamber Music Residency as part of the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme.

The Britten Pears Young Artist Programme is made possible with the generous support of our Trusts & Foundations and individual supporters.

Photograph by Andrej Grilc

General booking opens Saturday 25 November at 10am.

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