ORONO, Maine — The Meccorre Quartet is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the University of Maine Collins Center for the Arts.
The quartet won second place and three additional special prizes at the London International String Quartet Competition at Wigmore Hall in April 2012 and received top prizes at the Paolo Borciani Competition in 2011, the International Chamber Music Competition in Weiden in 2010 and the Max Reger International Chamber Music Competition in 2009. The group was formed by four of Europe’s most celebrated young string players in 2007 and now performs extensively throughout the continent.
Performers include Wojciech Koprowski, violin; Magdalena Makowska, violin; Michal Bryla, viola; and Karol Marianowski, cello.
Since 2009 the Meccorre has worked closely with the Artemis Quartet at Berlin University of the Arts. As postgraduates, at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, the Quartet worked closely with Alfred Brendel on the interpretation of Beethoven’s music. Brendel raved that, “the Meccorre String Quartet has impressed me as an outstanding young ensemble.”
The Meccorre Quartet directs “Quarto Mondi,” an international chamber music festival featuring top quartets from around the world that takes place annually in Poland. After having been featured many times on European radio and television, the Quartet’s Schubert recording was recently named one of the best accomplishments on the Polish cultural scene. The Quartet was also nominated for the prestigious Paszporty Polityki award.
The Quartet receives financial support from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, as well as from Young Poland.
The program slated for the Orono concert is: Haydn Quartet in B minor, Op. 33, No. 1 — Szymanowski Quartet No. 2 — Lutoslawski String Quartet — Schumann Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3.
For information and tickets, call 581-1755 or visit collinscenterforthearts.com.