Thomas Zehetmair - Violin
Kuba Jakowicz - Violin
Ruth Killius - Viola
Ursula Smith - Cello
The Zehetmair Quartet embarked upon their first concert tour in 1998, which led to immediate reinvitations from all promoters. Regular invitations to the USA and Japan are completing the Quartet’s annual European tours. Furthermore, the Zehetmair Quartet are a welcome guest at famous international summer festivals such as Edinburgh Festival, Helsinki Festival and the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival.
Among the outstanding artistic challenges of their 2007/08 season was a cycle performing all of Robert Schumann’s string quartets at Wigmore Hall, London; the world premiere of String Quartet No 2 by Heinz Holliger - a work commissioned for the Zehetmair Quartet – as well as an extensive concert tour throughout the US, which was received with great enthusiasm from audiences and press. Highlights of the 2008/09 season included a concert at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, a residency at the Festival Printemps des Arts in Monte Carlo and two performances in New York to commemorate Elliott Carter's 100th birthday.
The Zehetmair Quartet have recorded Bartók's Fourth String Quartet and Hartmann's First Quartet as well as Schumann's First and Third String Quartets. Both recordings have won several awards, including Gramophone Award for Record of the Year, the Diapason d'Or, and the Klara Prize for Best International Production of the Year. Their latest CD of Hindemith’s Quartet No 4 Bartok’s Quartet No 5, was honored by the press as a reference recording and was awarded with the Diapason d’Or of the Year.
In the 2009/10 season, the Zehetmair Quartet will be on two extended concert tours. In January, the quartet perform in Germany with concerts in Hanover, Ludwigshafen and Stuttgart among others. They will give performances at numerous outstanding chamber music series of Europe including Brussels, Amsterdam, London, Paris and Lisbon with string quartets by Mozart, Hindemith, Schumann, Bruckner, Holliger and Beethoven. In August the Zehetmair Quartet is invited to perform at the Salzburg Festival.
12 March 2010