Quantum Ensemble presents Textures, a programme that includes works by composers George Enescu, Paul Dukas and Gabriel Fauré. The concert of this group resident at Auditorio de Tenerife is taking place on Thursday, the 19th at 7:30 pm at the Sala de Cámara, where they will be joined by the German string and piano ensemble Fauré Quartett and Cristo Barrios, clarinet plus pianist Gustavo Díaz-Jerez, who are both founding members of Quantum Ensemble.

An hour before the concert the Sala de Cámara will also house a pre-concert talk to explain the context of the Textures programme. It will be by Víctor Durà-Vilà, lecturer at the University of Leeds. Admission is free.

The concert starts with George Enescu’s Quartet nº 1 and closes with Quartet nº 1 by Gabriel Fauré, who taught him composition at Paris Conservatoire. Between these two works Quantum Ensemble commissioned Pablo Díaz to arrange for violin, clarinet, viola, cello and piano four hands, one of the most popular compositions of the French repertoire, namely, Paul Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

The Fauré Quartett is one of the leading piano quartets in the world. Its members are Erika Geldsetzer, violin; Sascha Frömbling, viola; Konstantin Heidrich, cello; and Dirk Mommertz, piano. With a groundbreaking approach, they are discovering new fields in chamber music, while performing compositions outside the general repertoire.

They are also greatly admired for their experiments, like the Rhapsody in School programme, with which they have manage to fire the children with enthusiasm for chamber music. In 2006 they signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon and have recorded works by Mozart, Brahms, Mendelssohn and pop songs by Peter Gabriel and Steely Dan.

Tickets can be bought through Auditorio de Tenerife’s usual sale channels: at the box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday except on holidays; via www.auditoriodetenerife.com  or calling 902 317 327.

Quantum Ensemble’s first activity this week is taking place today at 1:00 pm at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias, where Dirk Mommertz, chamber music teacher at Munich Conservatoire and member of the Fauré Quartett, will give a master class for the students.

Their outreach activity is taking place on Wednesday, the 18th at 5:00 pm in the Sala de Cámara with the collaboration of Obra Social “la Caixa” volunteers. The following day at the same venue, there will be an educational session at 11:00 am for about a hundred users of the Centro Público de Educación de Personas Adultas (CEPA) of Santa Cruz de Tenerife [Adult Education Centre] and the Centro Sociosanitario of the town of Güímar [Public Health Centre].