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Final U.S. concert tour — October 15 – 27, 2020

What the critics say:

“…glowing timbres…” 

— The New York Times 

“…mesmerizing solo and ensemble playing…” 

— All Things Strings, Los Angeles 

“They breathe perfectly with one breath, yet each voice retains its autonomy…”

— General Anzeiger Bonn

“The Auryn is a quartet in the European tradition that blends elegance of sound with seamless phrasing and clarity of detail." 

— The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“...members interact with a sensitivity that seems almost telepathic.” 

— The Washington Post

“Beyond these moments of epiphany, the Auryns possess a sense of latent power that creates a superb kind of musical tension, a rare ability to phrase with a kind of radiant Italianate grace and in hypnotic big picture arches, and to do so as with one voice...There is no shortage of great and famous Beethoven cycles, but there are no performances such as these. For me this is the set to beat.”

— Gramophone

"Wow. This, when done, will rank with the finest Haydn Quartet series." 

— Audiophile Audition

Matthias Lingenfelder, Jens Oppermann, violins | Stewart Eaton, viola Andreas Arndt, cello

Winner Echo Klassic 2009, 2010

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In March 2016, the Auryn Quartet celebrated its 35th anniversary (still its original formation!) at the Konzerthaus Vienna with a commissioned quartet by Thomas Demenga. And so for more than 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 and the Guarneri Quartets, the Auryns went on to win first prizes at the ARD Munich and the International Portsmouth Competitions, and the Competition of European Radio Stations.

The 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, Edinburgh and Salzburg. The quartet has its own festival in Este, the Veneto in Italy, and is artistic advisor to the Mondsee Festival.    

The ensemble regularly tours in North America and has appeared, among others, at the Frick Collection, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Notre Dame University, in 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. 

Recent performances took the Auryn to, e.g., Chile and Colombia, La Fenice (Venice), to the Dresden Musikfestspiele, the Music and Beyond Festival (Ottawa), the Luberon festival (France), the Mondsee Festival (Austria), and the Mendelssohn Festival (Hamburg) where they performed the Chausson Concerto with Midori.

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 quartets at the Schoenberg Festival in Essen. 

The ensemble also participated in the Beethoven Quartet Cycle at the International Beethoven Festival in Bonn, in Cologne, at Wigmore Hall, in Washington DC, 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 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 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.

The Auryn Quartet has made many recordings, having collaborated exclusively with the Tacet label since 2000 . The complete Schubert quartet cycle released on the CPO label received the Diapason d'Or ; the Hugo Wolf and Schumann recordings 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 quartets of Debussy, Faure and Ravel. The Auryn’s recording of the complete Beethoven quartets 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. For the recording of the entire Haydn quartets the ensemble was awarded the prestigious 2011 Annual German Record Reviewers' prize. The recording of Mozart viola quintets with Nobuko Imai was released in 2015 . 

The Auryn Quartet has been leading master classes at the European Academy in Montepulciano. In addition, the quartet holds professorships at the Musik-hochschulen Detmold and Koeln. 

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More what the critics say:

“They breathe perfectly with one breath, yet each voice retains its autonomy…”

— General Anzeiger Bonn

“…as temperatures plummeted on Sunday afternoon, it felt particularly welcome to bask in the Auryn Quartet’s glowing timbres… The rich tone and bold gestures of Mr. Lingenfelder, the first violinist, were aptly mirrored by his colleagues. …the program also included a sensually rendered interpretation of Ravel’s Quartet in F, whose finale unfolded with a balance of fiery declamation and sultry poise.” 

— The New York Times 

“…unsurpassed attention to detail and expressiveness.” 

— Daily News Palm Beach

“…mesmerizing solo and ensemble playing…” 

— All Things Strings, Los Angeles 

"The Auryns comprise one of today’s finest String Quartets....” 

— Ottawa Citizen 

"From the opening measures of the Mendelssohn F minor Quartet it was clear that this is one hot ensemble (questions of ambient temperature aside). They naturally had all the technical virtues that anyone could wish: intonation, balance, blend and precision of ensemble. On top of that they brought an impressive passion to the music, while never going over the top. Finally they had an indefinably solid ‘German’ sound."

— Ottawa Citizen 

"Wow. This, when done, will rank with the finest Haydn Quartet series." 

— Audiophile Audition

"After hearing the Auryn Quartet at Bates College's Olin Hall on Sunday, my only regret is that I did not attend all of the concerts in their Beethoven cycle there. The quartet is quite simply the best I have ever encountered, anywhere. If they maintained Sunday's level of passionate intensity in all of the Beethoven quartets, then their accomplishment is miraculous. Come to think of it, their first violinist does look a little like Paganini." 

— Portland Herald Press 

"This is a highlight in the discography of the Auryn Quartet, and one of the most beautiful Brahms recording in the whole catalogue." 

— FonoForum

"Exemplary! Interpretations of the three Brahms string quartets that are gripping from the first note to the last can be counted on one hand... a minutely thought-out brilliant reading that is full of tension." 

— Klassik Heute

“Beyond these moments of epiphany, the Auryns possess a sense of latent power that creates a superb kind of musical tension, a rare ability to phrase with a kind of radiant Italianate grace and in hypnotic big picture arches, and to do so as with one voice...There is no shortage of great and famous Beethoven cycles, but there are no performances such as these. For me this is the set to beat.”

— Gramophone

“A great quartet: the Auryn…an ensemble that revealed from the onset the highest technical and musical level of accomplishment.” 

— La Presse, Montreal

“The Auryn is a quartet in the European tradition that blends elegance of sound with seamless phrasing and clarity of detail." 

— The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“ The playing, by a group that has been garnering golden opinions for two decades, is absolutely first rate.”

— The Strad

“...members interact with a sensitivity that seems almost telepathic” 

— The Washington Post

“Over and over again, the Auryn surprised with an illuminating tone and flexibility of sound.”

— Frankfurter Allgemeine

“Sensitive, strong and finely integrated performances.” 

— Gramophone

“The Auryn plays with an enviable balance of abandon and discipline.” 

— American Record Guide

“In beauty and confidence of its playing, the Auryn somewhat recalled the now-disbanded Cleveland Quartet.” 

— San Antonio Express

“Just when you think you’ve heard it all before, a new group comes to town, and blows you away.” 

— The Washington Post

“…shared spirituality..” 

— The New York Times

“To produce such an exciting Schubert would be hard for most of today’s quartets.” 

— Frankfurter Rundschau

“One left the Wigmore thinking of nothing but Schubert, for the Auryn Quartet gave a compellingly dramatic and magnificently assured performance.” 

— The Times, London

“...exceptionally subtle textures…. enthusiastically recommended!” 

— Fanfare

“Concert of the century with the Auryn Quartet….The Auryn Quartet’s interpretation of Schubert’s G major Quartet D 887 will enter the annals.” 

— Hamburger Abendblat

“…one of the great hopefuls of the truly not-so-small international quartet scene. The excellent reputation of this Cologne ensemble is based upon perfect intonation, exquisite ensemble, a pleasing an sonorous timbre, and stylistically acurate, intense interpretations.” 

— FonoForum