13 - 29,2017
Oct. 13 - 29,2017
"There is no shortage of great and
famous Beethoven cycles, but there are no performances such as these...
this is the set to beat." Gramophone
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In March 2016, the Auryn Quartet celebrated its 35th anniversary (original formation!) at the Konzerthaus Vienna with a commissioned quartet by Thomas Demenga. Thus for almost 35 years, Auryn, the amulet that grants intuition in Michael Ende's "Neverending Story", has been the symbol for one of the foremost string quartets of its generation, whose hallmarks are interpretive mastery, individuality and intensity of expression.
Having studied with the Amadeus Quartet in Cologne as well as with the Guarneri Quartet at the University of Maryland, the quartet went on to win first prizes at the prestigious ARD Competition Munich, the International String Quartet Competition Portsmouth, and the Competition of European Radio Stations.
Tthe Auryn Quartet has concertized in most of the major music centers
of the world, and has appeared at festivals such as Klangbogen Wien,
Lockenhaus, Bregenz, Mondsee, Luzern, Gstaad, Les Arcs, Montepulciano,
Kuhmo, Schleswig-Holstein, the Beethovenfest Bonn, Rheinisches Musikfest
Bonn, Berliner Festwochen, and the Festivals of Flanders and Edinburgh;
it opened the Salzburg festival in 2008. The quartet has its own festival
in Este, the Veneto in Italy, and is artistic advisor to the Mondsee
Festival, having taken over from Heinrich Schiff.
2015 was a busy year with tours in the United States in February
that included stops at the Frick Collection in New York where the
New York Times praised their "glowing timbre" and the Da
Camera Society in Los Angeles, tours of South America (Chile and Colombia)
and Italy including a performance at La Fenice Opera House in Venice
in April. The quartet also performed with acclaimed soprano Christine
Schaefer in Brussels and Paris. Festival appearances included Detmold
and Este, Italy, in May, The Dresden Musikfestspiele in June, the
Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa in July, the Luberon, France,
festival in August, and the Mondsee Festival (Austria) in September
where they gave the premiere of a specially commissioned quartet by
Thomas Schlee. Later that month they performed the Chausson Concerto
with Midori at the Hamburg International Mendelssohn Festival.
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