Sir Michael Kemp Tippett, O.M. (2 January 1905 – 8 January 1998) was one of the foremost English composers of the 20th century. Tippett was regarded by many as an outsider in British music, a view that may have been related to his early conscientious objection and his homosexuality. His pacifist beliefs led to a prison sentence in World War II, and for many years his music was considered ungratefully written for voices and instruments, and therefore difficult to perform.
The Pavel Haas Quartet is a string quartet founded in 2002, since when it has a won a number of international awards.
Named after the Czech composer Pavel Haas (1899–1944), who was deported from Czechoslovakia in 1941 and died in the Auschwitz concentration camp, the quartet is made up of violinists Veronika Jarůškova and Kateřina Gemrotová, violist Pavel Nikl, and cellist Peter Jarůšek.
The Pavel Haas Quartet has won the 2004 "Vittorio E.
String quartet formed in 1994, under the leadership of violinist Corinna Belcea-Fisher. Other members include Laura Samuel, violin,Krzysztof Chorzelski, viola
and Antoine Lederlin, cello.
Mauricio Kagel (born in Buenos Aires, December 24, 1931, died in Cologne, September 18, 2008) was an Argentine composer who has lived in Germany for most of his career. He was most famous for his interest in developing the theatrical side of musical performance. Many of his pieces give specific theatrical instructions to the performers, such as to adopt certain facial expressions while playing, to make their stage entrances in a particular way, to physically interact with other performers and so on.
The Maggini Quartet is a British string quartet. Its members are Laurence Jackson (Violin 1), David Angel (Violin 2), Martin Outram (Viola) and Michal Kaznowski (Cello). The quartet is known for championing the British repertoire, and has made many CD recordings published through publishers such as Naxos.