NEVERMIND is a young French baroque quartet that is breaking down stereotypes and barriers associated with Baroque music. Featuring superstar harpsichordist Jean Rondeau with Anna Besson (flute), Louis Creac’h (violin) and Robin Pharo (viola da gamba), this ensemble formed while its members were students in Paris. With its young members, unconventional name and casual attitude, this quartet seeks to make period-instrument music accessible to a wider audience while breathing new life into Baroque music. Nevermind is disarmingly relaxed and thoroughly dedicated to the universal appeal of exceptional music-making.
NEVERMIND will make its Hong Kong debut on 28 October at Hong Kong City Hall with a programme featuring French Baroque composers Couperin, Quentin, Guillemain and Marais, along with Telemann’s Paris Quartets.
“High baroque chamber music of the very finest quality” (Rondo Magazine)
“Unafraid of breaking some of the conventions of classical concerts, Jean Rondeau is a breath of fresh air in today’s classical music scene” (Bachtrack)
About the Musicians
Nevermind is a group of four musicians (flute, violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord) who all share a common passion for early music, jazz and traditional music. The quartet was founded while the musicians were studying at the Conservatoire Supérieur National de Paris (CNSM) and ardently defends the music of the 17th and 18th centuries.
In 2014, Nevermind won the Special Prize of the Van Wassenaer Competition in Utrecht. The ensemble performs mainly in France, Europe and the United States in festivals and halls such as the Boston Early Music Festival, Théâtre des Champs Elysées (Paris), Warsaw Philharmonie, Festival d’Auvers sur Oise, Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam), Concertgebouw (Brugge) and Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
Their first album Conversations was released in 2016 (Alpha / Outhere) with music from French composers Jean-Baptiste Quentin and Louis-Gabriel Guillemain. Their second recording Quatuor Parisiens, dedicated to Telemann, was released in 2017.
Jean Rondeau, harpsichord
Anna Besson, flute
Louis Creac’h, violin
Robin Pharo, viola da gamba
NEVERMIND Baroque Ensemble
28 October 2019 (Monday, 8pm)
City Hall Concert Hall
Tickets are on sale now at $480, $300, $200 and $100 through Premiere Performances (www.pphk.org) and URBTIX (www.urbtix.hk).
Marais Trios for the King’s Bedtime: Suite IV (selected movements)
Couperin Les Nations: L’Espagnole (selected movements)
Telemann Paris Quartet No. 4 in G minor, TWV43:g1
Quentin Quartet Sonata Op. 15 No. 3
Guillemain Quartet Sonata Op. 12 No. 3
Programme will be around one hour with no intermission