The birth of the Gewandhaus Quartet struck in 1808, when the violinist August Matthäi began to organize quartet nights with three other musicians of the Gewandhaus Orchestra. Thus, the Gewandhaus Quartet today can look back on a history of more than 200 years, because it continued its activity – renewing itself and rejuvenating from generation to generation – without interruption to the present. It is one of the oldest string quartet ensembles in the world and certainly the only one that has survived such a long period.
In addition to performing in-house, the Gewandhaus Quartet has performed with great success at chamber music festivals in many European countries, Japan, the United States and South America. In private audience, the four musicians gave concerts in front of the Japanese Emperor Akihito and the British heir apparent Prince Charles,
Das Gewandhaus-Quartett around 1920
Again and again the Gewandhaus Quartet plays with well-known soloists, among them Yo Yo Ma, Julian Rachlin, Sabine Meyer, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Alfred Brendel, Menahem Pressler, Rudolf Buchbinder, Lars Vogt or Alfredo Perl. This continues a good tradition – artists like Clara Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Johannes Brahms, Max Reger and Arthur Nikisch, among others, were among his partners. Just to name a few.
Since its inception, the Gewandhaus Quartet has championed the music of its contemporaries. In the past, works by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann, Max Bruch, Antonín Dvorák, Max Reger and Ferruccio Busoni were recently premiered by Olav Kröger, Günter Kochan, Ermano Maggini, Dietmar Hallmann and Günter Neubert. The ensemble was also able to add valuable new releases to the long series of recordings by the Gewandhaus Quartet.
The recording of Beethoven’s late quartets was described by the magazine Klassik heute as a “standard-setting interpretation” and the Gewandhaus Quartet as “one of the best quartettos in the world”. The entire string quartet work of Beethoven is available in an attractive 10-CD box. This edition, the first complete recording of Beethoven’s string quartet in the history of the Gewandhaus Quartet, was awarded the annual prize of German Record Critics in the category Chamber Music in 2004. The recording of the three string quartets Op. 76 No. 2-4 by Joseph Haydn was awarded by the broadcaster “Bayern 4 Klassik” with the “Hörempfehlung” award. Furthermore, recordings with string quartets by Schumann and Mendelssohn, which was premiered by the Gewandhaus Quartet at the time, were released. On the occasion of his 200th birthday, the ensemble released an album with live recordings, including a historical recording of 1928. For the 200th birthday of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, the composer’s complete string quartet work was published.
Every true production of art is independent, more powerful than the artist himself, and returns to the divine through its appearance, and is connected with man only in that it bears witness to the mediation of the divine in him. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) , German composer and musician
Club Beethoven House Bonn
Since 2012 the Gewandhaus Quartet is honorary member of the Association of Friends of the Beethoven-Haus Bonn. The Gewandhaus Quartet was awarded the “International Mendelssohn Prize” by the City of Leipzig in September 2014 in the Music category.
GUESTS IN THE CONGETTES OF THE GEWANDHAUS QUARTET (selection)
GÄSTE IN DEN KONZERTEN DES GEWANDHAUS-QUARTETTS
( Auswahl )
William Sterndale Bennett · Fritz von Bose · Johannes Brahms · Fritz Busch · Ferruccio Busoni · Eugen d’Albert · Ernst von Dohnányi · Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst · Niels W. Gade · Edvard Grieg · Ferdinand Hiller · Salomon Jadassohn · Wilhelm Kempff · Franz Konwitschny · Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy · Ignaz Moscheles · Elly Ney · Arthur Nikisch · Hans Pfitzner · Max Reger · Carl Reinecke · Julius Rietz · Anton Rubinstein · Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns · Clara Schumann · Alexander Siloti · Bruno Walter · Joseph Wieniawski
und viel mehr…
Max Bruch · Quartett c-Moll, op. 9 (1859)
Ferruccio Busoni · Quartett Nr. 2, d-Moll, op. 26 (1888)
Antonín Dvorák · Quartett f-Moll
(nachgelassenes Werk, bearbeitet von Günter Raphael, 1929)
Niels W. Gade · Quintett e-Moll, op. 8 (1845)
Salomon Jadassohn · Klavierquintett Nr. 3, g-Moll, op. 126 (1896, Klavier: Salomon Jadassohn)
Julius Klengel · Sextett d-Moll, op. 60 (1922)
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy · Quartett D-Dur, op. 44,1 (1839); Quartett Es-Dur, op. 44,3 (1838)
Max Reger · Sextett F-Dur, op. 118 (1911); Klavierquartett
a-Moll, op. 133 (1915, Klavier: Max Reger)
Carl Reinecke · Klavierquintett op. 83 (1865, Klavier: Carl Reinecke); Quartett D-Dur, op. 211 (1892)
Anton Rubinstein · Quartett B-Dur, op. 47,2 (1856);
Quintett F-Dur, op. 59 (1860)
Robert Schumann · Quartett a-Moll, op. 41,1 (1843)
Klavierquintett Es-Dur, op. 44 (1843, Klavier: Clara Schumann)
Klavierquartett Es-Dur, op. 47 (1844, Klavier: Clara Schumann)