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Fauré Quartett embarks on classical journey at Vilar Center, Feb. 6

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The Vilar Performing Arts Center welcomes the Fauré Quartett for a concert on Monday, Feb. 6.

BEAVER CREEK — The classical music ensemble Faure Quartett will perform at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on today at 6:30 p.m.

The musicians of the Faure Quartett are pioneers in many ways, and the ensemble has established itself as one of the world's leading piano quartets within just a few years. After they met during their studies in 1995 in Karlsruhe, Germany, for the 150th anniversary of Gabriel Faure, they quickly realized that this combination offered new insights into undiscovered repertoire.

In 2006, the quartet signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon, promoting them to the Champions League of the classic music business. They made highly regarded benchmark recordings with works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn, as well as pop songs from Peter Gabriel and Steely Dan.

Visionaries in their approach

The Faure Quartett consists of Dirk Mommertz (piano), Erika Geldsetzer (violin), Sascha Frombling (viola) and Konstantin Heidrich (cello), who have discovered new sound fields in chamber music and perform compositions outside the mainstream repertoire.

Worldwide tours have helped raise their profile abroad. The members teach at the Universities of Berlin and Essen when not touring. Moreover, they are artistic directors of Festspielfruhling Rugen, as well as quartet-in-residence at the University of Music Karlsruhe. During their tours, the musicians appear in the world's most important chamber music venues, including Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Berlin Philharmony, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires and Wigmore Hall London.

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The Faure Quartett are visionary in their approach and highly regarded for their experiments and discoveries, be they performances with the NDR Big Band, collaborations with artists such as Rufus Wainwright or Sven Helbig, appearances in clubs such as the Berghain, Cocoon Club or Le Poisson Rouge in New York or TV shows in KIKA or Rhapsody in School, getting children exited in chamber music.

In 2010, the ensemble was awarded the ECHO Classic for their album "Classic Beyond Borders," their second award after their recording of Brahms' piano quartets (Chamber Music Recording of the Year, 2008). Other prizes include the German Music Competition, the ensemble prize from Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, international competition and recording awards, Music Prize Duisburg and Brahms prize Schleswig Holstein.

If you go …

What: Fauré Quartett.

When: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.

Cost: $58 for adults, $10 for students.

More information: Tickets are available now at the VPAC box office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at http://www.vilarpac.org.