Yesterday, we announced the disbandment after 40 years of the excellent Alberni Quartet.
We, and the local media that carried news of the death, were apparently premature.
Matthew Souter, the quartet’s viola player, has contacted us with the following update:
The Alberni String Quartet is happily far from stopping. Peter Pople our second violin is indeed retiring after forty years in the quartet, but we are actively searching for a replacement to enable us to take the quartet into another exciting era. We were the first string quartet to travel to China after the Cultural Revolution and we are delighted that we have an invitation to return to China for another tour. The quartet has long been associated with the great Viennese classics and especially with our interpretation of Beethoven`s great masterpieces. The next few months will see the Alberni`s performing works by Janacek, Britten, Shostakovich, Webern, Mozart, Haydn,Borodin and indeed Beethoven…… Far from finished!!
Very glad to hear it.