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Apr, 5 - 16, 2018


Mozart Piano Quartet

Mark Gothoni, violin;

Peter Hörr, violoncello;
Hartmut Rohde, viola;
Paul Rivinius, piano

"one could admire in Mozart's work the quartet's great musicality that is marked by a wonderful ensemble of colors, an always intelligent energetic approach that never assaults the music. "

La Presse, Montreal

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"… a highly praised ensemble thanks to many awards. It left nothing wanting . "

" …exhilarating clarity and great expressive power
… temperament and technical brilliance…"

"…a successful and much celebrated concert." Donaukurier

"Those who have heard the Mozart Piano Quartet must come to the conclusion that there could not be another interpretation that is so stylistically sure and true to the works."

"...the gentlemen play like a dream... A magnificent concert!" Sueddeutsche Zeitung

"Altogether dazzling..."Fanfare

"Already the first 15 seconds of this recording embody all the qualities that distinguish this quartet: a perfect balance of sound and an exciting collaboration when shaping phrases."
NDR Kultur (Saint Saens)

"Fiery, thrilling music-making...." Sueddeutsche Zeitung

"There is no better way to demonstrate what chamber music can be like: Lively, full of expression and thrilling." Ensemble (Mozart)

"The Mozart Piano Quartet has this music under their skin, and their persuasive and stylish playing is consistently joyous throughout. " ClassicNet (Saint Saens)

"Last evening's performance was as focused as a laser and surpassingly expressive. One could enjoy the Mozart Quartet's terrific playing with almost any music, but hearing it doing a masterwork like this one can only marvel that such beauty is possible." Ottawa Citizen

"But this wasn't just another Mozart performance by a group nervy enough to co-opt the great one's name. This was Mozart with polish and panache. In fact, it was phenomenal Mozart." Mercury News

"Rarer than a string quartet, the piano quartet is very honorably represented in our day by such groups as the Mozart Piano Quartet from Germany, who gave a substantial and recital for Pro Musica Monday evening." La Presse, Montreal

"Pianist Paul Rivinius has a delicate touch and subtle rubato that remind me of Dario De Rosa's exquisite playing with the old Trio di Trieste. The string players are sweetly romantic and gorgeously lyrical in a manner that recalls the great Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet of yesteryear...This altogether dazzling disc goes straight to my 2006 Want List."
Fanfare (R. Strauss)

"One could admire in Mozart's work the quartet's great musicality that is marked by
a wonderful ensemble of colors, an always intelligent energetic approach that never assaults the music. Opening the Schumann Op. 47 with "senza vibrato", then approaching the Allegro with such verve speaks for their great joy in music-making"
Le Devoir (Montreal)

"...alert, sensitive, and exhilarating accounts of Mozart's legacy in the genre. Verve, drive and imagination are evident in plenty." Strad (Mozart)

"extraordinarily brilliant sonorous sound. " Stereo (Dvorak)

" involved and beautiful reading...the musicians gave the audience much joy."
Frankfurter Allgemeine

"... delicious high spirits, confidence and flair... a natural ease and artlessness that make the music sound absolutely spontaneous and unaffected, just what is required for these works to "feel" as right as they "sound"...Very highly recommended." Fanfare (Dvorak)
"It is phenomenal..." Heinrich Schiff (Brahms)

"These were truly dream interpretations, which demonstrated how motivated, exciting and full of energy romantic music can sound today." Badische Zeitung

"They show with utter clarity the unanimity of their approach to music-making."
Sydney Herald

"A group to be watched!" The Advertiser

"Brahms Piano Quartets Op. 26 and Op. 60 must be counted among the most intensive pieces of music written in the Romantic era. This is true at least when they are being presented by the Mozart Piano Quartet. Here all Brahms registers can be marvelously studied: from the elegiac depression via the joyful playfulness to the catapult-like change to extreme joy or utter despair. What especially surprises me is the ensemble quality of this only three year old ensemble. Rondo-Archiv

" By proving that the analytic approach to a work does not exclude the sensual joy of music-making, this excellent ensemble joins the ranks of musicians like Martha Agerich."
Musik und Theater

" They made music with passion and fire, paired with technical brilliance."
Weissenfelser Zeitung


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Founded in 2000, the Mozart Piano Quartet brings together four internationally known soloists who, collectively have won several prizes and awards, among them the ARD Competition Munich, the German Music Competition, the Scheveningen International and the Naumburg Competitions.

The ensemble has established an impressive career. It regularly appears at major halls throughout Europe and has been a guest in cities such as Berlin (Konzerthaus), Basel, Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Rotterdam (De Doelen), in Utrecht, St. Gallen, Zurich (Tonhalle), Stuttgart (Liederhalle), Nuernberg (Meistersingerhalle), Bremen (Glocke), London ( Wigmore Hall), and at festivals such as the Bonn Beethoven, Schleswig-Holstein and the International Beethoven Festival Warsaw. In addition, the group has toured Japan, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Brazil and Australia

The Mozart Piano Quartet had its first tour of North America in April 2002 and by now has been invited to - among others - the Chamber Music Soc. of Chicago, the Da Camera Society of LA, the San Jose Music Soc., Lincoln Center and The Frick Collection, NYC, Shriver Hall, Baltimore, the Library of Congress and National Gallery in Washington DC, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and Pro Musica of Montreal, and the Casals Festival of Puerto Rico.

For 2016,the ensemble has been asked to perform in Wrocklau (Breslau) Poland as part of the celebration of that city being the world cultural capital city that year, in Venice, and on a tour of South America, appearing in concert in Lima, São Paulo and Uruguay. Plans for 2017 include a recording of Faure for MDG, and a performance at Berlin Festival Crescendo. The MPQ is also looking forward to another USA tour in 2018.

The Mozart Piano Quartet records frequently for major German radio stations, and has appeared at radio stations in Australia, Brazil, Italy, Spain, and the USA . It has recorded the complete chamber music of Uwe Gustav Jenner, a pupil of Brahms', for cpo, Brahms and Mozart for Arte Nova. Since then, the quartet has been exclusively recording for MDG - Dvorak, R. Strauss, works by Beethoven (Eroica Symphony arr.) Melanie Bonis, Saint-Saens (Gramophone Editor's Choice), Mozart, and a live recording of Schumann and Brahms.

The members of the quartet teach as professors at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Leipzig College of Music and Theater, and Royal Academy of Music in London.



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