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Formosa and Heidi Krutzen

Formosa Quartet & Heidi Krutzen

string quartet and harp

Plucked and bowed strings combine sonic palettes in this exquisite and wide-ranging collaboration between renowned harpist Heidi Krutzen and the Formosa Quartet.

Project Description

The Formosa Quartet and internationally known harpist Heidi Krutzen join forces to create a unique sonority far greater than the sum of its parts.

This rich, even opulent, effect of strings on strings is an obvious choice that has lately been gaining overdue recognition. Spanning four centuries and slated to include Schafer’s Theseus, Caplet’s Conte Fantastique, as well as exciting new commissions by Gareth Farr and Caroline Lizotte, the music for this collaboration offers a colorful literary backdrop — often the stuff of lurid stories, myth, and fantasy, with the harp equally a portrayer of the angel and devil. Krutzen’s lyrical and atmospheric playing serves as a magical counterpart to the voluptuous yet crystalline sound of the Formosa Quartet.

Two sample concert programs include:

“Grieg Folklore to Greek Myth”
Edvard Grieg: Quartet
Claude Debussy: Danses
Arnold Bax: Quintet
R. Murray Schafer: Theseus

“Air, Fire, Fantasy, Fate”
Gareth Farr: [20' commission available after January 2016]
Camille Saint-Saëns: Fantaisie for violin and harp
Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
André Caplet: Conte Fantastique

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    Additional Offerings

    • Harp Master Classes & Talks with Heidi Krutzen

      A respected teacher, Heidi Krutzen enjoys giving lessons, master classes, and coachings, sharing her unique insights with students across the globe.  A life student herself, Heidi’s influences are diverse, drawing inspiration from former teachers in...

    • Master Classes and Chamber Music Coachings

      The Formosa Quartet brings years of experience and immeasurable enthusiasm to the instruction of the next generation of chamber musicians. They are thrilled to work with students in a variety of contexts. The group has teaching residencies at the Formo...