Belcea Launches New Charitable Trust
19 August 2013
The Belcea Quartet has now launched the Belcea Charitable Trust, created with the dual aims of commissioning new works and coaching young string quartets.
Young string quartets will benefit from regular coaching sessions with Belcea Quartet members for between one and two years, in the style of a residency. The first three ensembles selected for coaching are the Bernadel and Jubilee Quartets, both from the UK, and the Dahlkvist Quartet from Sweden.
The Trust’s first commission has been awarded to Austrian composer Thomas Larcher, whose new work will be performed by the Belcea Quartet in 2015 as part of their 20th birthday celebrations.
Pianist Imogen Cooper CBE is president of the newly-launched Trust. ‘I am proud and excited at the creation of the Belcea Charitable Trust. Adhering as it does to the best aims, namely new composition and the intensive coaching of gifted ensembles, it can only be an enriching success for all those involved. The Belcea Quartet members are generous in their musicianship and in their humanity, and will undoubtedly be a huge inspiration to the young players who they will coach, and to the composers whose works will be commissioned. I wish the Trust all the success that it deserves.’