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Sebastian Gürtler, violín I
Régis Bringolf, violín II
Subin Lee, viola
Florian Berner, violonchelo
“Great personalities interact unsentimentally, considerately and heartily at the same time,
creating an emotional pull that is difficult to explain.”
These qualities, coupled with a passionate will to express and constant artistic curiosity, are the hallmarks of this quartet. For 20 years it has held its own at the forefront of the worldwide chamber music scene, delighting an international audience. The quartet laid the foundation for its career by training with the Alban Berg, Smetana, Amadeus and LaSalle Quartets as well as with Ferenc Rados. Founded in Vienna in 1993, it soon received coveted awards such as the Vienna Philharmonic Special Prize and the European Chamber Music Prize. In 1995 it won the Strenich Quartet Competition in Cremona and made its debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus. In 1998 it was voted “Rising Star ” by the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus and has since performed at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall New York, and the Berlin Philharmonie.
In addition to the classical-romantic literature, contemporary music also plays an important role in the quartet’s program selection, and the choice of Hugo Wolf as the quartet’s patron saint bears witness to this.
Numerous compositions have been written for and premiered by the Hugo Wolf Quartet, such as the 4th String Quartet by Friedrich Cerha, “Dichotomie” and “K ́in” by Johannes Maria Staud, string quartets by Erich Urbanner, Dirk D ́Ase and Otto M. Zykan, as well as a quartet and an octet by jazz guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel. The recordings with the Beethoven string quartets op. 18/4 and op. 132 (Gramola, 2001) and the string quartets D887 and D87 by Franz Schubert (VMS, 2009) each received the Pasticcio Prize of Austrian radio. The quartet has a close collaboration with legendary jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and pianist John Taylor, documented on “Other People” (CamJazz, 2006). Other recordings on VMS include a live recording of the Chamber Music Festival Lockenhaus (Haydn), the complete works for string quartet by Hugo Wolf, a live recording of the Schubert Octet D803 and the program CD “Tristans langer Schatten”.
En Vienna, the quartet has been organizing its own concert cycle for the past 5 years.
Generously supported by the Alban Berg Foundation, the Hugo Wolf Quartet enjoys the privilege of offering its audience its own personal vision of the concert situation and program at the renowned Wiener Konzerthaus.