Künstler

Thorsten Johanns

In October 2014 Thorsten Johanns was appointed professor for clarinet at the ‘Musik-hochschule Franz Liszt’ in Weimar, Germany. Before he started as principal clarinet with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne (Germany) at the age of 25, he has been substitute principal at the Philharmonic Orchestra of Essen, Germany. From 2010-2014 Thorsten Johanns has been a professor for clarinet at the Academy of Music in Maas-tricht, Netherlands.

Thorsten Johanns works continuously as a soloist and has performed with conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Semyon Bychkov, Eivind Aadland, Yutaka Sado, Howard Grif-fiths, Jonathan Stockhammer and Dan Ettinger.

As the first and only German clarinet player so far, Thorsten Johanns was repeatedly invited by chief conductor Alan Gilbert to perform as principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. For the same position he has been invited several times by the Super World Orchestra in Tokyo/Japan.

Among his chamber music fellows are besides world famous oboe player and conductor Heinz Holliger also the renowned Auryn Quartet, Quartetto di Cremona, Minetti Quar-tet from Vienna, Aris Quartet and Ensemble Raro.

Conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi invited him as a principal for many projects with the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg. Thorsten Johanns has played as a principal in a number of important orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic, the Munich Philhar-monic, the German Radio Orchestra Berlin and the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt.

In season 12/13 Thorsten Johanns was invited to play principal with the New York Philharmonic, perform solo concerts (Aaron Copland) with WDR Symphony Cologne, and to play chamber music with András Schiff and Heinz Holliger at ‘Ittinger Pfingstkonzerte’ in Switzerland. Season 13/14 started with an expanded concert tour and masterclasses to Australia (Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney Opera House) and went on with festivals in Finland and Sweden, followed by re-invitations to ‘Ittinger Pfingstkonzerte’, ‘Hambacher Musikfest’ (Mandelring Quartet), and solo con-certs with the State Orchestra of Brandenburg, conducted by Howard Griffiths. Com-poser Moritz Eggert dedicated a solo concert (‘AURA’) to Thorsten Johanns which had its first performance in July 2014, in a concert beside solo works by Richard Strauss, performed with the ‘Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie Augsburg’.

The 14/15 season starts with invitations to various festivals, such as ‘Summerwinds’, the Austrian Festival of Lafnitz and the international SoNoRo-Festival in Bucharest. It is continued by a large tour with Aris Quartet, solo concerts by Richard Strauss with WDR Symphony Cologne and Dan Ettinger. Thorsten Johanns is performing at the ADEvant-garde Festival/Munich 2015 in company with composer and pianist Moritz Eggert, fol-lowed by concerts of new founded Trio with Paul and Benjamin Rivinius.

Thorsten Johanns is performing at numerous festivals worldwide (Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lucerne Festival, Musik-Triennale Cologne, Tyrol Festi-val, SoNoRo Bucharest) and has been part of different successful recordings (ECHO Classic Award for the best chamber music recording 2008 of Mozart’s Don Giovanno with ‘opera senza’).

Thorsten Johanns, born and grown up in Krefeld, Germany, started to play the clarinet at the age of 8 and later on also the saxophone with his first teacher Laszlo Dömötör. He has won numerous first prizes at the youth competition „Jugend musiziert“ with both instruments, and started to study 1996 at the Hochschule für Musik Cologne with pro-fessor Ralph Manno. During his studies he was scholarship-holder of the ‘Studien-stiftung des Deutschen Volkes’.

Thorsten Johanns has been giving masterclasses in the USA (New England Conserva-tory Boston), China (Shenyang, Beijing, Shanghai) and Australia (Melbourne/ANAM, Brisbane, Sydney).

Leonkoro Quartet

Jonathan Schwarz, violin
Amelie Wallner, violin
Mayu Konoe, viola
Lukas Schwarz, violoncello

Based in Berlin, the Leonkoro Quartet was founded in the spring of 2019. Currently they are studying with Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartett), Eckart Runge, and Gregor Sigl (Artemis Quartet). In addition, they have received tuition from teachers such as Alfred Brendel, Oliver Wille, Heime Müller, and Luc-Marie Aguera. Not long after their formation, the quartet was awarded the first prize and “Adolfo Betti Award” for the best string quartet at the Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival chamber music competition. Following that, they received the “Walbusch Prize” at the 64th Jeunesses Musicales International Chamber Music Campus, which included an invitation to perform at the Heidelberger Streichquartettfest 2021. They were part of MozartLab Würzburg 2020, where they worked with Reinhard Goebel. In 2019, the Leonkoro Quartet has been selected to join the network of Le Dimore del Quartetto.

Adelphi Quartett

Maxime Michaluk, violin
Esther Agustí Matabosch, violin
Marko Milenković, viola
Nepomuk Braun, violoncello

The Adelphi Quartet was founded in 2017 by four young European musicians at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. It was their shared passion for chamber music that brought them together at the end of their instrumental studies which they completed with i.a. Igor Ozim, Rainer Schmidt, Thomas Riebl, Benjamin Schmidt, Reinhard Latzko, Heinrich Schiff and Clemens Hagen.

Soon after they started working together they got accepted in the class of Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), where they pursue a masters degree in chamber music. Further important musical influences include Eberhard Feltz, Gilles Millet and Valentin Erben.

Early on the Adelphi Quartet started to perform all over Europe and other parts of the world. With concerts in the United Kingdom, France, Austria, Germany, Canada and Switzerland amongst others.

In January 2020 the quartet was awarded 1st prize at the competition of the Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation as part of the 2020 String Quartet Festival Heidelberg.

The Adelphi Quartet was founded in 2017 by four young European musicians at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. It was their shared passion for chamber music that brought them together at the end of their instrumental studies which they completed with i.a. Igor Ozim, Rainer Schmidt, Thomas Riebl, Benjamin Schmidt, Reinhard Latzko, Heinrich Schiff and Clemens Hagen.

Soon after they started working together they got accepted in the class of Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), where they pursue a masters degree in chamber music. Further important musical influences include Eberhard Feltz, Gilles Millet and Valentin Erben.

Early on the Adelphi Quartet started to perform all over Europe and other parts of the world. With concerts in the United Kingdom, France, Austria, Germany, Canada and Switzerland amongst others.

In January 2020 the quartet was awarded 1st prize at the competition of the Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation as part of the 2020 String Quartet Festival Heidelberg.

Minguet Quartett

Ulrich Isfort, violin
Annette Reisinger, violin
Tony Nys, viola
Matthias Diener, violoncello

The Minguet Quartet, founded in 1988, is one of the most internationally sought-after string quartets today and gives guest performances in all the great concert halls of the world. The passionate and intelligent interpretations of the Minguet Quartet always ensure inspiring listening experiences – “for the joy in sound and expression with which the ensemble makes the works speak enlivens even the smallest detail”. (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

The namesake of the Quartet is Pablo Minguet, a Spanish philosopher of the 18th century who attempted, in his writings, to facilitate access to the fine arts for all sectors of the population – and this idea is a chief artistic concern of the Minguet Quartet touring for concerts around the whole world.

The Minguet Quartet will be guest at the Salzburg Festival 2020 and 2021. A concert at the Festival Kissinger Sommer 2020 had to be cancelled because of Corona virus. Future projects in the season 2020/21 include concerts at the Cologne Philharmonie, the Bavarian Akademie der Schönen Künste Munich, the Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg and the Conway Hall London, at the International Brucknerfest Linz, the Tutzinger Brahmstage, Meister & Kammerkonzerte Innsbruck, at L’Art pour l‘Art Lausanne and at Festspiele Herrenchiemsee.

In 2019/20 season the Minguet Quartet was guest at Grafenegg Festival, Schwetzinger Mozartfest, International Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg, Festival Ultraschall Berlin and De Doelen Rotterdam. Furthermore a tour to the USA with focus on a concert in Washington DC took place. 2019 has begun with a performance at the Kammermusikwoche Schloss Elmau, followed by concerts at Lincoln Center New York, SouthBank Centre London, Konzerthaus Vienna, the newly opened Philharmonie Skopje, Nymphenburger Sommer in Munich, Mozartfest Würzburg and the International Schubert-Fest Dortmund. 2018 the quartet performed at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Beethovenfest Bonn, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Badenweiler Musiktage, at EuroArt Prague and the Mosel Musikfestival, and was lecturer ensemble in residence at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. Previous seasons took the Minguet Quartet to the Berlin Philharmonie, Konzerthaus and Staatsoper, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, the Library of Congress Washington DC, The University of Hong Kong, Festival d’Automne Paris, BOZAR MUSIC Brüssel, Tongyeong International Music Festival Korea and to further concert halls and festivals within Europe, Japan, Central and South America, Canada and the USA.

The ensemble concentrates on the Classical-Romantic literature and modern music in equal measure, and has proven its commitment to compositions of the 21st century through numerous premieres. Encounters with important composers of our time inspire the four musicians to create ever new ideas in programming. The first complete recordings of the string quartets of Wolfgang Rihm, Peter Ruzicka and Jörg Widmann are amongst their most important projects. For the 70th Birthday of Manfred Trojahn a recording including the first performance of the composer’s second string quartet with clarinet and mezzosoprano and a length of (Saison 2019/2020) one hour after poems by Georg Trakl was released in automn 2019. Outstanding highlight of the last years was the performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Helicopter String Quartet as part of a conception by the conductor Kent Nagano. Program topics of 2021/22 will be amongst others the significant birthdays of Alexander Zemlinsky, Sofia Gubaidulina, Wolfgang Rihm and Glenn Gould.

Partners of Minguet Quartet include the soprano Juliane Banse, mezzosoprano Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, baritone Dietrich Henschel, the clarinetists Matthias Schorn and Thorsten Johanns, pianists Michael Korstick and Matthias Kirschnereit, the violist Gérard Caussé, the cellists Jens Peter Maintz and Christoph Richter, and the bandoneonist Victor Villena. As solo quartet the Minguet Quartet played with the WDR Rundfunkchor, the Radio Symphony Orchestras DSO, of SR, hr and WDR and with Brucknerorchester Linz under the conductors Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Markus Stenz and Peter Ruzicka. Further solo performances with the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Vienna conducted by Ilan Volkov at the Salzburg Festival 2021, the Nürnberger Symphoniker and the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern are following.

With the complete CD recordings of the string quartet literature of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Josef Suk and Heinrich v. Herzogenberg (cpo), the ensemble proudly presents its great musical culture, opening up to the public the discovery of impressive music of the Romantic period. In April 2020 a recording with string quartets by Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek was released. In the upcoming years the Minguet Quartet will record the complete work for chamber music by Heinrich Kaminski and Walter Braunfels, music by Alberto Evaristo Ginastera and the unique string quartet by Glenn Gould.

In 2010 the Minguet Quartet was awarded the coveted ECHO Klassik followed by the Diapason d’Or 2015. In June 2020 the Quartet was selected for a scholarship RELOAD by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Germany.

Quartetto di Cremona

Cristiano Gualco, violin
Paolo Andreoli, violin
Simone Gramaglia, viola
Giovanni Scaglione, violincello

Since its formation in 2000, the Quartetto di Cremona has established a reputation as one of the most exciting chamber ensembles on the international stage. Regularly invited to perform at the most important festivals and concert seasons across Europe, North and South America, and the Far East, the Quartet has garnered universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike for its high level of interpretive artistry.

Awarded with the BBT Fellowship in 2005, the Quartetto di Cremona is the recipient of the second “Franco Buitoni Award” (2019), in recognition of their contribution in promoting and encouraging chamber music in Italy and throughout the world.

The complete Beethoven string quartets recordings have been recently released for Audite. All the volumes attracted high levels of acclaim in the international press, winning several prizes (Echo Klassik 2017 and ICMA 2018, among the others) and with the Quartetto di Cremona being unanimously considered the true heir of the great Quartetto Italiano. A new album dedicated to Schubert will be released in April 2019, including the String Quintet in C major with cellist Eckart Runge (Artemis Quartet) and the String Quartet “Der Tod und das Mädchen”.

They regularly collaborate with numerous artists of international renown, including Lawrence Dutton, Eckart Runge, Andrea Lucchesini, David Orlovsky, Edicson Ruiz, Aaron Pilsan and the Emerson String Quartet.

Frequently invited to present master classes across Europe and the United States, since autumn of 2011 the Quartet was assigned the professorship at the prestigious “Walter Stauffer Academy” in Cremona (String Quartet Advanced Master).

The Quartetto di Cremona is kindly supported by the Kulturfonds Peter Eckes (Mainz) with four fabulous Italian instruments:

Cristiano Gualco – violin G.B. Guadagnini “Cremonensis”, Torino 1767 Paolo Andreoli – violin
Paolo Antonio Testore, Milano ca. 1758 Simone Gramaglia – viola
Gioachino Torazzi, ca. 1680 Giovanni Scaglione – cello
Dom Nicola Amati, Bologna 1712

The ensemble is ambassador for the “Friends of Stradivari” international project and it has been the first Italian string quartet recipient of a long term loan of the Stradivarius “Paganini Quartet” by the Nippon Music Foundation (Tokyo). The Quartet is also testimonial for Thomastik-Infeld Strings.

In November of 2015 they were awarded honorary citizenship of the city of Cremona.

Navarra String Quartet

Magnus Johnston, violin
Marije Johnston, violin
Sascha Bota, viola
Brian O’Kane, violoncello

Formed in 2002, the Navarra String Quartet has built an international reputation as one of today’s most dynamic and poetic string quartets. Selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) from 2006 to 2010, they have been awarded the MIDEM Classique Young Artist Award and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. They have appeared at venues including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, at international festivals such as Rheingau, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Aix-en-Provence and Bergen, and further afield in Russia, the USA, China, Korea, Australia and the Middle East.

Highly-acclaimed recordings include Haydn’s The Seven Last Words for Altara Records, a disc of music by Joseph Phibbs for NMC Records, and a disc of Pēteris Vasks’ first three String Quartets for Challenge Records, which they recorded whilst working closely with the composer himself. The recording was described by critics as “stunning”, “sensational” and “compelling”, and was nominated for the prestigious German Schallplattenkritik Award.

The Quartet plays on a Hieronymus II Amati violin, a Jean-Baptistery Vuillaume violin (kindly loaned to Marije by a generous sponsor through the Beares International Violin Society), and a Grancino cello made in Milan in 1698, generously on loan from the Cruft – Grancino Trust which is administered by the Royal Society of Musicians.

Callisto Quartet

Paul Aguilar, violin
Rachel Stenzel, violin
Eva Kennedy, viola
Hannah Moses, violoncello

The Callisto Quartet brings together four passionate musicians who share a love for chamber music. Highlights of their achievements include the top prize at the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, the grand prize of the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and prizes at the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. Besides serving as the Graduate String Quartet in Residence at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University the quartet was invited to study with Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet).

Their primary mentors include Si-Yan Darren Li, Peter Salaff, and Gerhard Schulz. They have also worked with the Brentano, Cavani, and Emerson Quartets. Other activities include serving as faculty and giving masterclasses at numerous places including the Bravo International Chamber Music Workshop, University of Central Florida, Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, and the CIM Preparatory Division.

The quartet has performed in many renowned chamber music festivals such as the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the McGill International String Quartet Academy, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute. Highlights of their recent performances include collaborations with cellist David Geringas and pianist Gilles Vonsattel, as well as their New York City debut on the Schneider Concert Series. The year of 2019 includes performances at the Ravinia Festival as well as collaborations with Frank Cohen and John Novacek.

Cuarteto Quiroga

Aitor Hevia, Violine
Cibrán Sierra, Violine
Josep Puchades, Viola
Helena Poggio, Violoncello

Cuarteto Quiroga has established itself as one of the most dynamic and unique quartets of its generation, winning international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for its distinctive personality as well as its bold and original approach to the string quartet repertoire. The quartet honours the memory of galician violinist Manuel Quiroga, one of the most outstanding instrumentalist of spanish music history.
Prizewinners of several major international competitions (Bordeaux, Paolo Borciani, Genève, Beijing, Fnapec-Paris, Palau-Barcelona), the ensemble appears worldwide on emblematic stages (Wigmore Hall, Musikfestival Heidelberger Frühling, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Konzerthaus Berlin, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Muziekgebouw und Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Doelen Rotterdam and Auditorio Nacional Madrid).
Frequent stage partners include Martha Argerich, Veronika Hagen, Valentin Erben, Javier Perianes,  Jörg Widmann and Jonathan Brown.
Their CD-albums »(R)evolutions« and »Statements« have been acclaimed by the trade press and the international audience. In 2015 they released »Frei Aber Einsam«, dedicated to Brahms (Cobra) and the piano quintets of Granados and Turina (Harmonia Mundi) in collaboration with pianist Javier Perianes. The latest albums are »TERRA«, dedicated to works of Bartók, Ginastera & Halffter, and »HERITAGE« with music of the Spanish Court in the XVIII Century.
Cuarteto Quiroga has its official residence throughout the year at Madrid’s Cerralbo Museum.

Dörte Schmidt

Dudok Quartet

Judith van Driel, violin
Marleen Wester, violin
Marie-Louise de Jong, viola
David Faber, violoncello

The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam is one of the most versatile and appealing string quartets of this time. The quartet’s aim is to share the heart of music through captivating performances and an open approach of the audience.

The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam was the first Dutch group to be rewarded the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2018.

The quartet studied with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne and subsequently, for two years, at the Dutch String Quartet Academy with Marc Danel of Quatuor Danel, graduating with highest distinction in 2013. Between 2011 and 2013, the quartet was awarded top prizes in international string quartet competitions such as Quatuors à Bordeaux and Joseph Joachim Weimar. In 2014, the quartet received the Kersjes Prize, an award of €50.000 offered to a chamber music group of exceptional talent. Since 2017, the group has been performing on instruments on generous loan by the Dutch Musical Instrument Foundation (NMF): violins by Francesco Goffriller and Vicenzo Panormo, a viola by Max Möller and a cello by Sébastien Philippe Bernardel.

Its first album, Metamorphoses, was named Editor’s Choice in The Gramophone, and the second, Labyrinth, met with similar acclaim, including a five-star review in BBC Music Magazine.

Recent highlights include the ensemble’s USA debut, the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s opera Only the Sound Remains with Philippe Jaroussky and the Dutch National Opera and the quartet’s debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Beethoven Haus Bonn. In October 2017, the quartet premiered an adaptation of Beethoven’s Op 132 String Quartet, re-imagined specifically for children over six in cooperation with director Rosabel Huguet and Oorkaan production company.

The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam is a regular guest in both the Concertgebouw and the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam and has performed in venues all over Europe.

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String Quartet Festival | Final Concert

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String Quartet Festival | Concert

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String Quartet Festival | Workshop Kurtág: Simply complex

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