The Belcea Quartet musicians are not confined by traditional boundaries but instead blend their diverse cultural backgrounds and influences into a common musical language. Founded at the Royal College of Music in London in 1994, Romanian violinist Corina Belcea and Polish violist Krzysztof Chorzelski have brought very different artistic provenances to the ensemble while drawing from the best traditions of mentors from the Alban Berg and Amadeus Quartets. This spectrum is extended by French musicians Axel Schacher (violin) and Antoine Lederlin (violoncello).
This diversity is reflected in the Belcea Quartet's repertoire. Regular world premieres by prominent composers such as Mark-Anthony Turnage, Thomas Larcher, and Krzysztof Penderecki go hand-in-hand with the quartet’s profound connection with the great works of the Classical and Romantic periods. The quartet's open-minded approach enables it to find its own unique, elegant and refined interpretations of the main string quartet repertoire. It’s regular partners include Piotr Anderszewski, Till Fellner and Antoine Tamestit.
In 18-19, the quartet performed in such venues as London’s Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Stockholm’s Konserthus, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, and the National Concert Hall Taipei. The Belcea is the quartet artist-in-residence at the Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin and has shared a residence at the Wiener Konzerthaus with the Artemis Quartet since 2010. The Belcea Quartet Trust supports and inspires young string quartets through a series of intensive coaching sessions, as well as supports commissioning of new works from today's leading composers to be premiered by the quartet.
The Belcea has recorded the complete quartets of Bartok, Beethoven and Britten, as well as works by Schubert, Brahms, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel and Dutilleux. The quartet’s concert performances of the Beethoven quartets at Vienna’s Konzerthaus in 2012 were broadcast by Mezzo TV and released on DVD and Blue Ray by Euroarts. The release was accompanied by Jean-Claude Mocik’s documentary Looking for Beethoven. It’s 2013 complete Beethoven quartets live recording won the ECHO Klassik Award, and its 2016 release of the complete Brahms string quartets & piano quintet was awarded an Echo Classic and a Diapason d’Or. The Shostakovich album, including a collaboration with Piotr Anderszewski, was released in April 2018.