"elegant, detailed phrasing and carefully wrought playing."
The New York Times
"I can think of few more enjoyable experiences than listening to the Quatuor Mosaïques plying Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven string Quartets."
Hugh Canning, The Independent
"the world’s premier period-instrument quartet."
Quatuor Mosaïques is the most prominent period-instrument quartet performing today. The ensemble has garnered praise for its atypical decision to use gut-stringed instruments which, in combination with its celebrated musicianship, has cultivated the group’s unique sound. The Quartet has toured extensively, won numerous prizes and established a substantial discography. Formed in 1985, the group is comprised of Austrians Erich Höbarth (violin), Andrea Bischof, (violin), Anita Mitterer (viola), and the French cellist Christophe Coin. The Quartet has appeared in Europe, the United States, Australia and Japan and regularly performs in Vienna, London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall. Quatuor often appears at prestigious European festivals such as Edinburgh, Salzburg, Luzern, Bremen, Bath, Styriarte Graz, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and Oslo, among others. Quatuor Mosaïques has collaborated with many international artists including pianists András Schiff and Patrick Cohen, clarinetists Wolfgang Meyer and Sabine Meyer and cellists Miklós Perényi and Raphael Pidoux.
Quatuor Mosaïques has an extraordinarily extensive discography which includes works of Haydn, Mozart, Arriaga, Boccherini, Jadin, Beethoven, Schubert and Mendelssohn as well as modern composers. Of the group’s latest release, Schubert’s Der Tod und das Mädchen, The London Times writes, “their performance of Death and the Maiden is music-making of a high order, felt and carried out by players animated as though by a single mind and impulse, yet each of them seeming to respond afresh at every moment.” Recordings of the Wiener Klassik repertoire (Haydn string quartets: Op.20, 33, 77 and the quartets of Mozart dedicated to Haydn) have been awarded numerous prizes such as the Diapason d’or, the Choc du Monde de la Musique, and a Gramophone Award.
These four musicians met while performing with Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s Concentus Musicus in the 1980’s, and decided to perform on original instruments as a classical “caper quartet.” Although the Quartet performs on period instruments it embraces the European quartet tradition, constantly allowing for the evolution of its repertoire as it strives to reveal the music’s psychological underpinnings.
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Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven at Wiener Konzerthaus
The Quatuor Mosaïques made a chamber music evening in the concert hall into a breathtaking experience: art became emotion, emotion became art. Storytellers like the Quatuor Mosaïques were listened to with dedication.
Wilhelm Sinkovicz, Die Presse
Residency at Perth Concert Hall with pianist Susan Tomes
What an extraordinary weekend’s music-making in Perth Concert Hall. “I have never heard string quartet-playing of that quality,” said an elderly gentleman whom I do not know. “And nor have I, sir”, was the only response I could come up with. The group was Eric Hobarth’s Quatuor Mosaiques, which is the finest period-instrument string quartet in the world. [...] their timing, co-ordination, scrupulous balance, incredible texturing that lets the light stream through, and seamless integration are beyond scientific explanation. They are magicians of unquantifiable skill and experience, and what they do beguiles the eye, the ear and the mind. What they did at the weekend was spell-binding.
Michael Tumelty, The Herald *****
These were beguiling concerts [...] It all looked so easy, the quartet's seemingly casual demeanor exuding a comforting warmth, within which the tonal balance tilted and swayed to reveal the naturally-flowing complexity of Mozart's genius.
Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman *****
From the first notes the joy in communication of this quartet came over. [...] And rightly appreciated as such, recalling the artists to the platform even once the house lights were on.
Iain Stuart-Hunter, Perthshire Advertiser
Haydn String Quartet in Bflat, Op.76 No.4, Mozart in D K575, Beethoven in F Op.18 No.1
Wigmore Hall April 2011
a wonderfully uplifting chamber concert
Seen and Heard International
what distinguishes their performance is the combination of warm and sonorous tone of gut strings and elegantly shaped and articulated phrasing
Aldeburgh Music Festival
the world’s premier period-instrument quartet
I can think of few more enjoyable experiences than listening to the Quatuor Mosaïques plying Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven string Quartets.
Hugh Canning, The Independent
Mozart’s Quartet No. 3
Frick's music room New York
Mozart's melodic lines were delivered with rich sound and spacious lyricism
The New York Times