Takács Quartet with Julien Labro

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Tanglewood (297 West St., Lenox, MA 01240)

The world-renowned Takács Quartet — Edward Dusinberre, Harumi Rhodes on violins, Richard O’Neill on viola and András Fejér on cello — will perform new works composed for them by Clarice Assad and Bryce Dessner in the 2021-2022 season with bandoneon/accordion virtuoso Julien Labro.

Bryce Dessner — Circles
Julien Labro — Meditation #1
Dino Saluzzi — Minguito
Bach — Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
Julien Labro — Astoración
Ravel — String Quartet
Clarice Assad — Clash

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Takács Quartet, recent winners of the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2021, Chamber category, is now entering its forty-seventh season.The last year, the Takács marked the arrival of Grammy-award-winning violist, Richard O’Neill by making two new recordings for Hyperion. Quartets by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and Felix Mendelssohn were released in the Fall of 2021, to be followed in May 2022 by a disc of Haydn’s opp. 42, 77 and 103.

The Takács Quartet continues its role in 2021-2022 as Associate Artists at London’s Wigmore Hall, performing four concerts there this season. In addition to many concerts in the U.K., the ensemble will perform at European venues including the Paris Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, and Teatro Della Pergola, Florence, and throughout North America.

Julien Labro has established himself as an accordion and bandoneón player in both the classical and jazz genres — his creativity as a musician, composer and arranger have earned him international acclaim and continue to astonish audiences worldwide.

Picking up the accordion at 9, French-born Labro was influenced early on by traditional folk music and the melodic, lyrical quality of the French chanson. Discovering the music of jazz legends, he quickly became inspired by the originality, freedom, creativity, and the endless possibilities in their musical language.

After graduating from the Marseille Conservatory of Music, Labro began winning international awards, taking first prize in the Coupe Mondiale in 1996 and the Castelfidardo Competitions in 1997. After sweeping first place in the Marcel Azzola, Jo Privat and Medard Ferrero competitions in 1995 and 1998, abro moved to the United States, where he further pursued his musical dream.

As a musician and artist, Labro is constantly evolving. Equipped with advanced degrees in classical music, jazz studies, and composition, Labro draws from his diverse academic background and eclectic musical influences as he searches for new themes and untried concepts, transforming and developing his creative ideas into new projects.