Hagen Quartett

The Hagen Quartet celebrates its 40th anniversary in the 2020/21 season, with concert programs featuring the ten great string quartets and the clarinet quintet by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the piano quintets by Dmitri Shostakovich and Robert Schumann, the string quintet by Franz Schubert and the clarinet quintet by Jörg Widmann. This combination of Mozart’s quartets and quintets with guest musicians will be performed especially in the concert series of the Hagen Quartet in the Vienna Konzerthaus. This season, the four musicians will tour to London, Brussels, Munich, Berlin, Amsterdam, Wroclaw, Barcelona, Madrid, Turin, Hamburg, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, the Salzburg Festival and the Lucerne Festival, to name but a few cities and festivals. The Hagen Quartet will travel again to the United States and Japan.

The Hagen Quartet’s unprecedented 3 1/2-decade career began in 1981. Its early years, marked by a series of prizes in chamber music competitions and an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon that was to produce around forty-five recordings over the following twenty years, enabled the group to work its way through the immensely vast repertoire for string quartet in which this ensemble’s distinctive profile has emerged.

Subsequent recordings for myrios classics with Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet together with Jörg Widmann and with Mozart’s string quartets were highly praised by the international press and received prizes such as the Echo Klassik in Germany and the Diapason d’or in France. In 2019 a recording with the 3rd string quartet and the piano quintet by Brahms together with Kirill Gerstein has been released and in autumn 2020 a recording with the Clarinet Quintets of Mozart and Jörg Widmann (first recording).

In January 2019, the Hagen Quartet was awarded the Concertgebouw Prijs for the artistic appeal it has radiated over many years and the contribution it has made to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Collaborations with artistic personalities such as György Kurtág and the late Nikolaus Harnoncourt are as important to the Hagen Quartet as its concert appearances with performers including Maurizio Pollini, Mitsuko Uchida, Krystian Zimerman, Heinrich Schiff, Jörg Widmann, Kirill Gerstein, Sol Gabetta, Gautier Capucon and Igor Levit.

The ensemble’s concert repertoire and discography feature attractive and intelligently arranged programmes embracing the entire history of the string quartet genre, from its pre-Haydn beginnings right through to Kurtág. The Hagen Quartet also works closely with composers of its own generation: not only reviving existing works, but also commissioning and premiering new pieces. Recently, Myrios Classics released a recording featuring Brahms’ String Quartet No. 3 and his Piano Quintet, with Kirill Gerstein as guest pianist.

Many young string quartets regard the Hagen Quartet as a model in terms of sound quality, stylistic variety, ensemble playing and serious commitment to the works and composers of the genre. As teachers and mentors at the Salzburg Mozarteum and the Hochschule in Basel, as well as in international masterclasses, the quartet’s members pass on their great wealth of experience to younger colleagues.

The Hagen Quartet plays on old Italian master instruments.

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.

Quatuor Mona

Verena Chen, violin
Charlotte Chahuneau, violin
Arianna Smith, viola
Elia Cohen Weissert, violoncello

Founded in 2018 at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, Quatuor Mona represents the unity of four international musical personalities, establishing immediately a presence in the French capital at such venues as the Pierre Boulez Hall of the Philharmonie de Paris, the Petit Palais, Salle Cortot, Radio France’s Studio 104 as well as a feature on “Générations France Musique.” In January, 2020, they were selected among the most promising young quartets from the world to perform at the Biennale of String Quartets at the Cité de la Musique.

The quartet has performed with artists such as Emmanuel Pahud, Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Paul Meyer, Philippe Graffin and Marie-Joseph Jude, giving debut concerts at the Edinburgh International Festival, Festival de Salon-de-Provence, Jérôme Pernoo’s Festival “Les Vacances de Monsieur Haydn”, Festival Debussy and Festival de Dinard. Mesmerised by their talent after their debut at Musique à Flaine, the pianist and composer Abdel Rahman El Bacha dedicated his piece “Prélude à cordes” to the young quartet and invited them to perform at the Royal Theatre in Brussels, broadcasted on Musiq3 during the Classissimo Festival. In the 2020/2021 season, they will give recitals at the Elbphilharmonie Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Festival Quartettissimo in Hungary, and many more.

In 2019, they have been named Artists in Residence at ProQuartet in Paris, the Foundation Villa Musica in Germany, Dimore Del Quartetto in Italy, Live Music Now and the Escuela Reina Sofia in Madrid with Günther Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet). Since their formation, the quartet has worked with musical pedagogues such as Luc-Marie Aguera (Quatuor Ysaÿe), François Salque, Jérôme Pernoo, Quatuor Modigliani, Mathieu Herzog (Quatuor Ebène), Valentin Erben (Alban Berg String Quartet), Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet) and Martin Beaver (Tokyo String Quartet). The quartet has been awarded a prize at the Philharmonie de Paris’ 3rd Annual Tremplin as well as the Prix de l’Orangerie de Sceaux and the Prix du Méjan from their time at the Festival Ravel.

Baum Quartett

Sun Shin, violin
Onyou Ki, violin
Daekyu Han, viola
Hang-Oh Cho, violoncello

The „Baum Quartett“ is a quartet found in March 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. Through the intensive training over the existing individuals’ talent and potential, they have already received numerous praises for their performances.

In August 2016 they participated in the highly appreciated music festivals, „40. Internationale Sommerakademie für Kammermusik Niedersachsen“ and „9th Trondheim International Chamber Musik Academy 2016“ in October, where the Baum Quartet undertook a concert together with Peter Jarusek (Pavel Haas Quartet).

Their first success so far was achieved in September 2017. The Baum Quartet won the 2nd prize in „Salieri-Zinetti Chamber Music International Competition“, held in Verona. After this, they went on to participate in the „Mendelssohn Musikfestival 2017“, acquiring valuable lessons from one of the best musicians and advanced once again in their style of play.

In Februar 2018 they played Debut Concert in Hamburg Elbphillharmonie, for winning the utmost Kultur Preis, sponsored by Berenberg Bank. In July they won the Audience Prize in Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and in September Finalist of the 1th Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition.

Recently, they won the 1st Prize and Special Prize in the “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Conservatory Competition 2020” in Berlin and the 2nd Prize in the “5th Irene Steels-Wilsing String Quartet Competition” in Heidelberg.

Many concerts, both big and small were held regularly, and they were fruitful in bringing the beauty of classical music closer to the hearts of the audience.

Currently they are undertaking Chambermusic under the guidance of Professor Oliver Wille at the Musikhochschule Hannover and Professor Günter Pichler at the Reina Sofia Music School in Madrid.

Kammermusik Plus | CHANGES – Marmen Quartet

Information for ticket buyers

 

Due to Corona, there have been changes for the »Kammermusik Plus« concert on September 15th: instead of the Viano Quartet, who cannot attend, the Marmen Quartet will be our guests. It will play string quartets by Haydn, Beethoven and Debussy. The concert will not take place at the Alte Aula of Heidelberg University, but in the larger Portland Forum in Leimen. The concert will take place twice: at 5 and 8 pm. The ticket buyers will be allocated a time, for organisational reasons this is unfortunately not possible to choose at time.

Hygiene and safety measures
We kindly ask for your help in observing the hygiene and safety measures – so that you can enjoy your concert visit safely and without any worries:

  • The house and the hall open 30 minutes before the concert begins. Admission will be guided by our service personnel. Please do not leave your seat until after the concert. The exit from the hall is also accompanied by our staff. We kindly ask you to leave the building quickly after the end of the concert.
  • Please note that on this evening there will be no box office, no gastronomic offer and no cloakrooms available.
  • For security reasons, no printed evening program booklet can be purchased on this evening. A free digital version will be available here shortly and can be printed out at home as required. For your information, programme leaflets are available on the seats.
  • Please keep a safe distance of 1.50 metres from other people not living in your household during your entire visit.
    Throughout the entire building it is compulsory to wear a mouth and nose protector. Once you have taken your seat in the hall, you are welcome to remove it.
  • Hand disinfectant will be available in the building – feel free to use it.
  • If you yourself have symptoms of a respiratory infection or increased temperature or are in contact with a person infected with SARS-CoV-2, we must ask you to stay at home.

Data collection
In order to be able to trace possible chains of infection and inform affected persons, we are obliged to forward the contact details of all concert visitors to the responsible health authorities in the event of an incident.
If you have purchased your subscriptions or tickets by phone or in the Heidelberger Frühling webshop, we have your contact details. If several tickets have been purchased, the purchaser is obliged to inform his/her companions.
If you pass on your tickets, give them away or do not attend the concert, please let us know by email at tickets@heidelberger-fruehling.de and, if necessary, give the contact (name, address, email, telephone number) of the concert visitor.

Return of tickets
If you cannot or do not want to come to the concert under these new circumstances, you can return your tickets and the ticket price or the proportional subscription price will be refunded. In this case, please make use of your right to return your tickets by 14 September at the latest. You can find all information about returning tickets here.

Marmen Quartet

Johannes Marmen, violin
Ricky Gore, violin
Bryony Gibson-Cornish, viola
Steffan Morris, violoncello

Winners of the Grand Prize at the 2019 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, the Marmen Quartet is emerging as one of the most interesting voices on the chamber music scene. Founded in 2013 at the Royal College of Music, London, the Marmen Quartet won the 1st Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition 2019 (shared first prize with the Viano String Quartet). Additional accolades include winning the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Competition, Second Prize as well as the Special Prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary work (Four Quarters by Thomas Adès) at the 8th International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition and both the Haydn Prize and Canadian Commission Prize at the Banff Competition.

They are the Young Quartet in Residence at Wiltshire Music Centre and they have received awards from the Musicians Company/Concordia Foundation, the Hattori Foundation, Help Musicians, as well as the Royal Philharmonic Society Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize.

As the current holders of the Guildhall School of Music String Quartet Fellowship, they are based in London where they study with Simon Rowland-Jones and John Myerscough. They are also completing a Master of Chamber Music with Oliver Wille at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover.

The Marmen Quartet has appeared on ‘CBC Radio’, ‘Deutschlandfunk Kultur,’ ‘Swedish Radio’ and ‘BBC Radio 3.’ Festival highlights include performances in Hitzacker, Lockenhaus, Edinburgh Fringe, North Norfolk and Lake District.

In the upcoming season, they are looking forward to a Beethoven Cycle in Sweden, their debut in the Berlin Philharmonie, a cruise to Norway, a tour to Japan, and octet performances with the Doric String Quartet. As part of its First Prize at Banff, the Marmen Quartet will tour numerous concert halls throughout Europe in 2020, amongst others Amsterdam, Basel, Merano, Nuremberg and Zurich.

SOLD OUT – Kammermusik Plus | Armida Quartett

Due to the limited number of seats, the event is already sold out.

The Armida Quartet combines Janáček’s famous second string quartet with Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 15 in A minor.

In cooperation with the University of Heidelberg.

The concert takes place at 5 and at 8 p.m. The duration of the concert is each about 70 minutes without intermission. There is no artist talk before the concert. To attend the concert, proof of a daily (max. 24 hours old) negative corona test from an official test center, the vaccination certificate from 14 days after the second vaccination or proof of recovery (PCR test, medical certificate) is required. The mask and clearance requirement in the house still applies, also when seated during the concert. Admission begins 30 minutes before the start of the concert. 

CANCELED – Kammermusik Plus | Friedemann Wuttke & Mandelring Quartett

In cooperation with Universität Heidelberg

Due to the entry into force of the new Infection Protection Act and the new state ordinance for Baden-Württemberg, there are no events allowed up until to and including May 22nd 2021. Therefore the concert has to be canceled.