How ConTempo fled the East and won the West

The ConTempo has now been resident for 16 years and has stamped its mark right across Ireland’s classical music scene in a wonderfully vibrant way that has embraced both contemporary and traditional works

23rd September, 2018
The ConTempo Quartet: a vibrant force in Galway’s classical music scene

The Galway Music Residency was launched in 2002 to cultivate a comprehensive music development programme for the western county. The challenge was considerable, even daunting, in a region where folk and ballad music had traditionally reigned supreme.

At the heart of the plan was the ConTempo Quartet, a recently arrived young group that had fled Ceaușescu ’s Romania, and which had been playing impressive concerts and winning major awards across Europe – but with little known...

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