Shanghai Quartet

Pizzicato: 35 Years of Shanghai Quartet: Beethoven forever

Pizzicato: 35 Years of Shanghai Quartet: Beethoven forever

35 years ago, one of today's foremost chamber ensembles, the Shanghai Quartet, was formed at the Shanghai Conservatory. Since that year they have played around 3000 concerts and recorded 35 albums. Remy Franck met First violinist and founding member Weigang Li in his native Shanghai.

Playbill: Shanghai Quartet Performs in Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society's Winter Festival

Playbill: Shanghai Quartet Performs in Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society's Winter Festival

Finckel is especially excited about the Shanghai Quartet, which performs in the final concert of the festival, the program originally played on March 26, 1827 (March 27). “The Shanghai really is as fine a string quartet as one can hear. I’m very gratified that they’re coming to do this,” he says. There’s another notable aspect of this particular program: Beethoven died the same day.