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Aupa Quartett

The Aupa Quartet is a string quartet, composing and interpreting modern music while giving pride of place to improvisation in its pieces. With their different origins, cultures and musical tastes, the four musicians have been inspired by Jazz, Funk, Cuban Son and Flamenco, to develop their own, increasingly recognisable, style.

“AUPA: an expression used to encourage someone to rise up or lift something up”.

The music aims to be this interjection, raising the audience’s energy levels and encouraging them to join the quartet in having fun.

From the very first concerts to the present day, the quartet has played at the most important venues in Barcelona, the city it lives in: Jamboree, Apolo, Luz de Gas and the Palau de la Música.

In 2012 the Aupa Quartet played at the Jazzaldia (San Sebastian Jazz Festival), it toured in Spain, Italy, France and China, where it played at the Shanghai Grand Theatre.

In January 2014 the four musicians won the first Made in Shasta competition. Thanks to this award they released their first album “UP” (Self-published in 2015).

The quartet has played live with artists including Gregory Porter, Antony and the Johnsons, Antonio Rey, India Martínez, Rafa Pons, Marco Mezquida, Gerard Nieto, Celeste Alías, Cece Giannotti, Javier Galiana, Julian Sánchez and Raynald Colom.

It has also collaborated in the studio with Sara Baras, Guillem Roma, Sandra Carrasco, Chuchito Valdés, Jerry González and Javier Colina, recording for EMI Music.

Quatuor Ebène

Pierre Colombet, violin
Gabriel le Magadure, violin
Marie Chilemme, viola
Raphaël Merlin, violoncello

What began in 1999 as a distraction in the university’s practice rooms for the four young French musicians has become a trademark of the Quatuor Ebène, and has generated lasting reverberations in the music scene. The four breathe new life into chamber music through their consistently direct, open-minded perspective on the works. Regardless of the genre, they approach the music with humility and respect. They change styles with gusto, and yet remain themselves: with all the passion that they experience for each piece, and which they bring to the stage and to their audiences directly and authentically.

There is no single word that describes their style: they’ve created their own. Their traditional repertoire does not suffer from their engagement with other genres; rather, their free association with diverse styles brings a productive excitement to their music. From the beginning, the complexity of their oeuvre has been greeted enthusiastically by audiences and critics.

After studies with the Quatuor Ysaÿe in Paris and with Gábor Takács, Eberhard Feltz and György Kurtág, the quartet had an unprecedented victory at the ARD Music Competition 2004. This marked the beginning of their rise, which has culminated in numerous prizes and awards.

The Quatuor Ebène’s concerts are marked by a special elan. With their charismatic playing, their fresh approach to tradition and their open engagement with new forms, the musicians have been successful in reaching a wide audience of young listeners; they communicate their knowledge in regular master classes at the Conservatoire Paris.

The quartet was one of the award winners of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust in 2007 and received support from the BBT between 2007 and 2017.

In 2005, the ensemble won the Belmont Prize of the Forberg-Schneider Foundation. Since then, the Foundation has worked closely with the musicians, who are performing on instruments chosen with and loaned by Gabriele Forberg-Schneider since 2009.

The Quatuor Ebène’s CDs, featuring recordings of music by Haydn, Bartók, Debussy, Fauré, Mozart and the Mendelssohn siblings have won numerous awards, including the Gramophone Award, the ECHO Klassik, the BBC Music Magazine Award and the Midern Classic Award. Their 2010 album Fiction” with jazz arrangements, has only solidified their unique position in the chamber music scene, as well as their 2014 crossover CD “Brazil,” a collaboration with Stacey Kent, and their recent recording with Michel Portal, „Eternal Stories“ (Mai 2017). In fall 2014, Erato released „A 90th Birthday Celebration“, a live recording (on CD and DVD) of Menahem Presslers birthday celebration concert with the Quatour Ebène in Paris. In 2015/2016 the musicians focussed on the genre of the „Lied“. They collaborated with Philippe Jaroussky for the CD „ Green (Mélodies françaises)“ which won the BBC Music Magazine Award 2016 and published a Schubert CD. On the one hand, it includes Lieder, recorded with Mathias Goerne (aranged for string quartett, baritone and bass by Raphël Merlin) and on the other hand, the string quintett, recorded with Gautier Capuçon.

The fundamental classical repertoire for string quartet will remain a cornerstone: this season, the Quatuor Ebène will focus on Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartets. The quartet will indeed present the complete Beethoven cycle in 2020 for their 20th anniversary as well as for 250th jubilee of the composer.

From April 2019 through January 2020 the Quatuor Ebène will go on a world tour with the theme “Beethoven Live Around the World” with concerts in North America, South America, Africa, India, Australia & New Zealand, Asia and Europe. The Quartet will guest in concert halls including the Perelman Theater Philhadelphia, Sala São Paulo, Melbourne Recital Centre, and the Konzerthaus Vienna.

Quatuor Diotima

Yun-Peng Zhao, violin
Constance Ronzatti, violin
Franck Chevalier, viola
Pierre Morlet, cello

Founded in 1996 by laureates of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the Diotima Quartet has gone on to become one of the world’s most in-demand ensembles.

It is honoured to partner with several of today’s major composers, such as Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough and Toshio Hosokawa, while also regularly commissioning new works from a broad range of composers, such as Tristan Murail, Alberto Posadas, Gérard Pesson, Rebecca Saunders and Pascal Dusapin. While being staunchly dedicated towards contemporary classical music, the quartet is not limited exclusively to this repertoire. In programming major classical works alongside today’s new music, their concerts offer a fresh look at works by the great composers, in particular Bartók, Debussy and Ravel, the late quartets of Schubert and Beethoven, composers from the Viennese School, and also Janácek.

The Diotima Quartet has performed widely on the international scene and at all of the major European festivals and concert series (such as at the Berlin Philharmonie; Berlin Konzerthaus; Reina Sofia, Madrid; Cité de la musique Paris; London’s Wigmore Hall and SouthBank Centre; the Vienna Konzerthaus) as well as touring regularly across the United States of America, Asia and South America. Their recordings are regularly heralded by the international media, including in Germany, in Spain, and not least in France. Their discography has been awarded five Diapasons d’or and the Diapasons d’or de l’année by the French press,the ffff in Télérama and the Choc de l’année in Classica magazine. The quartet has an exclusive partnership with the label Naïve.

Brooklyn Rider

Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Colin Jacobsen, violin
Nicholas Cords, viola
Michael Nicolas, cello

Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), Brooklyn Rider offers eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike.
Last season, the group celebrated its tenth anniversary with the groundbreaking multi-disciplinary project Brooklyn Rider Almanac, for which it recorded and toured 15 commissioned works, each inspired by a different artistic muse. This season, Brooklyn Rider released So Many Things with Anne Sofie von Otter on Naïve Records, which includes music by Colin Jacobsen, Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Björk, Kate Bush and Elvis Costello, among others. Their tour together included stops at Carnegie Hall and the Opernhaus Zurich.

After performances at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in July, the quartet will tour the U.S. with choreographer Brian Brooks and former New York City Ballet prima ballerina Wendy Whelan, performing Some of a Thousand Words. Using music from a diverse array of composers, the series of duets and solos featuring Brooks and Whelan foregrounds the live music of the quartet as a dynamic creative component.

Other recent recordings include 2016’s The Fiction Issue with music by Gabriel Kahane, 2013’s A Walking Fire on Mercury Classics and The Impostor with Béla Fleck on Deutsche Grammophon/Mercury Classics, plus 2011’s much-praised Brooklyn Rider Plays Philip Glass on the composer’s Orange Mountain Music label.

Asasello Quartett

Rostislav Kozhevnikov, violin (Russia)
Barbara Streil, violin (Switzerland)
Justyna Śliwa, viola (Poland)
Teemu Myöhänen, violoncello (Finland)

Communication is the nucleus of the work of a string quartet. In its choice of name (taken from a character in the Mikhail Bulgakov novel ‘The Master and Margarita’, English: Azazello) the ensemble expresses an approach that extends beyond the limits of the musical world and embraces a relatively broad interpretation of the term “communication”.
In 2010, the Asasellos were awarded the prestigious Musikpreis des Verbandes der Deutschen Konzertdirektionen for the extraordinary objectives with which the Asasello Quartet is now recognized throughout Europe. The quartet itself ranks a particular project as the highlight of its work to date: the concert cycle centered on the string quartets of Arnold Schönberg. In this connection the ensemble has commissioned compositions (by Márton Illés, Viera Janárceková, Jay Schwartz and Lisa Streich). Since 2014 the quartet members have worked together with choreographers Richard Siegal and Stephanie Thiersch to develop the possibilities of staging the “instrument” string quartet as such.
After its founding at the Musikhochschule Basel, the quartet first studied under Walter Levin and Hatto Beyerle. After graduating in 2007, further studies in the quartet class of the Alban Berg Quartet and the intensive exploration of New Music with David Smeyers resulted in Asasello shifting its home base to Cologne. The quartet has received significant impulses from its work with Christophe Desjardins, Paris; Chaim Taub, Tel Aviv; Jürgen Geise, Salzburg; and David Alberman, London.
Following Andreas Müller, Wolfgang Zamastil took up the cello position in 2009 for a period of four years. Since 2014 Teemu Myöhänen is Asassello’s cellist.
15 years of tireless creative energy are documented in an abundance of musical activities and a prodigious production output: a comprehensive collection of CD recordings; a self-initiated concert series »1:1 – Schon gehört?«; the establishment of a sporadic festival in the Swiss Alps; numerous world premieres; participation in countless international festivals and competitions; workshops with music pupils and conservatory students; as well as the development of new performance formats.

Ebonit Saxophone Quartet

The Ebonit Saxophone Quartet is a sparkling and inspired ensemble founded in 2011 at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music. The four musicians from Poland, the Netherlands and Germany had quickly made for themselves a name in the Netherlands and abroad, performing in major halls including the Concertgebouw and the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in Amsterdam, De Toonzaal in Den Bosch and the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. The quartet performed as well in international festivals including the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews (Scotland), the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam, the Bach Festival in Dordrecht (the Netherlands), the Bachtage in Würzburg (Germany) and the International Chamber Music Festival Schiermonnikoog (the Netherlands).

The Ebonit Quartet has received first prize at international chamber music competitions such as the “Ottomani Competition 2012”, “Who’s Next International Chamber Music Competition 2015” (where the ensemble received as well the “Brava Kijkersprijs”), the “Storioni Competition 2016” (including audience prize and “Max Young Talent Prize”) and the “Orlando Competition 2016”.

Their participation in the International Chamber Music Campus 2016” in Weikersheim, Germany, was awarded with a prize for one of the most convincing newcomer ensembles 2016. In the 2016/2017 season the quartet will tour throughout the Netherlands as a laureate of the competition “Dutch Classical Talent”.

The quartet has attended masterclasses from renowned pedagogues such as Eberhart Feltz, Gerhard Schulz, Heime Müller, Luc-Marie Aguera, Peter Cropper, Albrecht Mayer, the members of the Artemis Quartet, Belcea Quartet, Kronos Quartet, the French Habanera Saxophone Quartet and clair-obscur from Berlin.

The quartet is regularly working together with composers to enlarge the original repertoire, including Richard Whalley, Kevin Malone, Valentin Villard and Chris Chamoun.

Abel Quartet

Abel Quartet
Eunsol Youn, violin
Soo-Hyun Park, violin
Sejune Kim, viola
Hyoung Joon Jo, cello

The Abel Quartet was formed in 2013 by four young Korean musicians living and studying in Munich under the supervision of professors Christoph Poppen and Hariolf Schlichtig.

The great musical talent and potential of the Abel Quartet have made it recipient of numerous invitations and awards from many prestigious international music festivals. In 2015, it was awarded First Prize at the 6th Joseph Haydn International Chamber Music Competition in Vienna and 2nd Prize at the 11th Concours international de musique de chambre de Lyon. The previous year, it had been awarded 2nd Prize at the International August Everding Competition 2014 in the String Quartet category. Recently they were awarded at the International Chamber Music Campus by Jeunesses Musicales.

Since its formation, the Quartet has offered notable recitals in Dresden, Wörthsee and Paris, as well as in the Korean cities of Seoul, Tong-Yeung, Changwon and Daejeon, among others.

The Abel Quartet has received important musical guidance from Eberhard Feltz, Heime Müller (Artemis Quartet), Hartmut Rohde (Mozart Piano Quartet), Piotr Szumiel (Apollon Musagete Quartet), and from the Cuarteto Casals. The Abel Quartet is currently based in Basel, where they study under Prof. Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet).

Kuss Quartet

An enormous passion for experimentation what the Kuss Quartet has stood for since the beginning of its professional career in 2002.
The two founder members, Jana Kuss and Oliver Wille (violin) have been travelling the same musical path for 25 years. Together with their colleagues William Coleman and Mikayel Hakhnazaryan, they are pioneers of a concept-based presentation of chamber music, which reveals new musical perspectives and attracts a wide-ranging and cultured audience.
‘Kuss Plus’ -the ensemble’s classical lounge series – has become legendary in its success, making its mark on the Berlin music scene and getting close to its audience, not only in the literal sense. However, even whilst performing in cult clubs, classical music remains the quartet’s top priority.

Their international career has taken them from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, from London’s Wigmore Hall back to the Philharmonie in Berlin, their home city. Frequent engagements at major festivals include the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Beethovenfest Bonn, Rheingau Musikfestival and the Edinburgh and Salzburg festivals, and they have toured the USA, Australia, South America and Japan.

The Kuss Quartet inspires the next generation of chamber musicians in numerous international masterclasses. Furthermore, William Coleman (in Salzburg) and Oliver Wille (in Hannover and Birmingham) hold professorships at European music colleges.

In terms of repertoire the Kuss Quartet casts its net wide, ranging from the music of the Renaissance to compositions by Helmut Lachenmann, Aribert Reimann and György Kurtág, with whom the group has close contact. The quartet enjoys further collaborations with artists such as Paul Meyer, Pierre-Laurant Aimard, Mojca Erdmann and slam poet Bas Böttcher.

Strings & Bass

Florian Willeitner, violin
Johannes Dickbauer, violin
Matthias Bartolomey, violoncello
Georg Breinschmid, bass

Strings & Bass combines classical virtuosity with relentless groove, complex compositions with colourful improvisation, and absolute perfection with the primal musicality of folk music.
This string quartet without a viola but with a bass has developed a completely new sound, ranging from jazz to pop and folk to the four-part “Fuga in Odd”.
Four extraordinary musicians, all successful composers and interpreters, inspire each other time and time again in this exciting formation.

Pavel Haas Quartett

Veronika Jarůšková, violin
Marek Zwiebel, violin
Radim Sedmidubský, viola
Peter Jarůšek, violoncello

Based in Prague, the Pavel Haas Quartet studied with Milan Skampa, the legendary violist of the Smetana Quartet, and still enjoy a close relationship with him. They are regularly invited to perform at the Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Munich Herkulessaal, Palau de la Musica Barcelona, Stockholm Konserthuset and the Schubertiade.

The Quartet take their name from the Czech composer Pavel Haas who was imprisoned at Theresienstadt in 1941 and tragically died at Auschwitz three years later. His legacy includes three wonderful string quartets.