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Quatuor Mosaïques

Chamber Ensemble

  • the world’s premier period-instrument quartet.
    The Independent
  • 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
  • elegant, detailed phrasing and carefully wrought playing.
    The New York Times
  • 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. In 2006 Quatuor Mosaïques was invited to Spain to perform for King Juan Carlos I, using the Monarch’s personal collection of Stradivari instruments.

    Of their Zankel Hall performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall during the 2008-2009 season, The New York Times noted that the group performed with “elegant, detailed phrasing and carefully wrought playing.”

    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.

    In April 2012, Quatuor Mosaïques made its second tour of North America in ten years visiting Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Vancouver, Berkeley, San Diego, and Stanford, CA.

    Highlights in the 2013/14 season are performances at Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, the Aldeburgh and the International Wimbledon Music Festivals, and at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

    • Aldeburgh Music Festival
      September 2011

      the world’s premier period-instrument quartet
      The Independent
    • 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
      BachTrack.com
    • Bath Mozartfest
      November 2008

      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
  • Photos

    • Photographer credit: Wolfgang Krautzer
      Photographer credit: Wolfgang Krautzer
    • Photographer credit: Wolfgang Krautzer
      Photographer credit: Wolfgang Krautzer