Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Franz SchubertQuartettsatz in C Minor, D. 703
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartDivertimento in F Major, K. 138 (125c)
Antonín DvořákString Quartet No. 12 in F Major ("American"), Op. 96
Allegro ma non troppo
Finale: Vivace, ma non troppo
Counted amongst the most exciting young string quartets, the Goldmund Quartet has, with its exquisite playing and multi-faceted homogeneity, given convincing interpretations of the great classical and modern works of the string quartet literature for more than a decade now. Their inwardness, unbelievably fine intonation, and phrasing worked out to the smallest detail inspire audiences worldwide.
Educated by Günther Pichler of the Alban Berg Quartet at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia and the Artemis Quartet in Berlin, the Quartet has received important artistic impulses in masterclasses with the Hagen, Borodin, Belcea, Ysaÿe, and Cherubini quartets, Ferenc Rados, Eberhard Feltz, and Alfred Brendel.
The Goldmund Quartet has been awarded several prizes and scholarships, the most recent distinctions being the second prize and the special award for the best interpretation of a 20th-century string quartet at the International Wigmore Hall String Competition 2018 and the first prize along with the prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned work at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2018. The Jürgen Ponto Foundation has named the Goldmund Quartet as the recipients of their 2020 biennial music bursary.
Naxos released their debut CD in October 2016 with works by Joseph Haydn which garnered great reviews from the BBC, The Strad Magazine, Gramophone, American Record Guide, Applaus, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and many more. The quartet’s second recording featuring string quartets by Shostakovich was released on Berlin Classics in July 2018, followed by “Travel Diaries” in 2020 featuring works by Fazil Say and Wolfgang Rihm, among others.
The Goldmund Quartet performs on the “Paganini Quartet” made by Antonius Stradivarius, generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation. Consisting of four excellent instruments once owned by Nicolò Paganini, the Goldmund Quartet is the first German string quartet to have the honor of performing on these precious instruments.
Tonight marks the first appearance of the Goldmund Quartet on our concerts.