The Quartet of Peace

is the name given to two violins, a viola and a cello made in Cape Town in 2010 by master craftsman Brian Lisus. He dedicated each to one of South Africa’s four Nobel Peace Laureates – Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela – and called them respectively Freedom, Peace, Reconciliation and Hope. They are exceptionally beautiful instruments, with a rich, deep glow, and because they were made to be played together, the quartet’s sound is distinctive and warm, matching the beauty of the instruments. Unveiled and heard for the first time in 2013 at the Brodsky Quartet concert, a professional musician in the audience remarked, “How incredible and unique to hear four instruments out of one stable, played together.”

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