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July 2017

Oct. 13 - 29,2017 


Auryn Quartet

Matthias Lingenfelder, violin;
Jens Oppermann, violin;
Stewart Eaton, viola;
Andreas Arndt, violoncello

"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
"Shared spirituality." The N.Y. Times
"...this is one hot ensemble..." Ottawa Citizen

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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.

The ensemble regularly tours in North America and has appeared, among others, at the Frick Collection and on Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Univ. of California at Berkeley, the Da Camera Society LA, the Univ. of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Notre Dame Univ., in Chicago, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver. For many years, it was the quartet-in-residence at the Schubert & Schubert Festival at Washington's Georgetown University.

The quartet often presents concert cycles devoted to the music of one composer, as e.g. an eight-concert cycle of the music of Robert Schumann at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf. Similar projects were presented with Mendelssohn's music at the Robert Schumann Saal Düsseldorf and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with guests such as Brigitte Fassbaender, Nobuko Imai and the Prazak Quartet, and all Schoenberg quartet works at the Schoenberg Festival in Essen. The ensemble also participated in the Beethoven Quartet Cycle at the International Beethoven Festival in Bonn, and performed the cycle in Washington DC, in Cologne, at Wigmore Hall and at Bates College in Maine. It performed all of Mozart's viola quintets in Washington DC. and the complete Haydn quartets, 16 concerts in total, for the WDR Cologne, and in Turin and Padua.

The Auryn Quartet is also a strong champion of contemporary music, and has played the world premieres of a great number of works, most recently works by Brett Dean at the Cologne Philharmonie, by Peter Michael Hamel, Maria Cecilia Villanueva and Charlotte Seither in Hamburg and Hannover.

Among the ensemble's chamber music partners are internationally renowned musicians, such as Eduard Brunner, David Geringas, Gérard Caussé, Michael Collins, Sharon Kam, Alexander Lonquich, Paul Meyer, Christian Poltera, Christine Schaefer, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Christian Tetzlaff, Joerg Widmann, and Tabea Zimmermann, as well as members of the Guarneri and the Amadeus Quartets.

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.

The Auryn Quartet has made many recordings. Since 2000 it has been recording exclusively for the German label Tacet. The complete cycle of Franz Schubert's quartets released on the CPO label was awarded the Diapason d'Or ; the Hugo Wolf and Schumann recordings won the German Record Reviewers prize, and of its Schumann recording Strad said: "The playing, by a group that has been garnering golden opinions for two decades, is absolutely first rate." Other releases are the string quartets of Debussy, Faure and Ravel. The Auryn's recording of the complete Beethoven quartets were released in 2004 and is considered by Gramophone to be the best performance of these works on the market. Of its Brahms release, Fono Forum said: "one of the most beautiful Brahms recordings in the whole Brahms
catalogue." Its first recording of the entire Haydn quartet series won the 2009 Echo Klassik prize. In 2010 it again was awarded the Echo Klassik Prize. By now the quartet has completed the project of recording all the Haydn quartets and the entire cycle was awarded the prestigious 2011 Annual German Record Reviewers' prize. The recording of Mozart's viola quintets with Nobuko Imai was released at the end of 2015 .

The Auryn Quartet has been leading master classes at the European Academy in Montepulciano. In addition, the quartet holds professorships at the Musikhochschulen in Koeln (taking over from the Alban Berg Quartet) and in Detmold.


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