Arguably the greatest string quartet in the world.

The Guardian, London

Orchestra & Chamber Music
Takács Quartet
The Complete String Quartets of Béla Bartók

Sat, Dec 7, 8pm
String Quartet No. 1
String Quartet No. 3
String Quartet No. 5

Sun, Dec 8, 3pm
String Quartet No. 2
String Quartet No. 4
String Quartet No. 6

The peerless Takács Quartet—for decades a Cal Performances audience favorite—returns to perform the complete Bartók string quartet cycle over two concerts. These six masterful works span much of the composer's life—Bartók composed the first when he was 27, and the last when he was 58—and similarly, the Takács has continued to evolve and mature as an ensemble since first recording the cycle nearly 35 years ago. The quartet's performances are praised for sophistication matched with vibrant intensity, and clarity shot through with unparalleled expressive richness. "It's Bartók's brilliance, but the Takács players executed it with a perfect mixture of fever and chill" (The New York Times).


Related Events

Pre-performance Talk
Sun, Dec 8, 2019, 2pm
Hertz Hall
Cal Performances executive and artistic director Jeremy Geffen leads a conversation about the program with members of the Takács Quartet. Free to ticket holders.

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

Donor Benefits

Donor Parking
As a service to our donors at the $750 level and above, we offer the opportunity to reserve parking for our performances. Reserve parking online 5 business days or more in advance of the performance, or by contacting Cal Performances' Development Department at 510.642.8653 or email

View my current parking benefits

Additional information regarding donor parking benefits can be found on our Donor Services/Parking page.

Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]