Michelangelo String Quartet
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Biography

Michelangelo String Quartet

Photo: Marco Borggreve

Mihaela Martin (violin), Daniel Austrich (violin), Nobuko Imai (viola), Frans Helmerson (violoncello)

The Michelangelo Quartet was formed in 2002 by four musicians distinguished as soloists, chamber musicians and teachers, who share an irresistible desire to play together the greatest repertoire of all.

Since their first concert season, 2003/4, they have toured regularly in Scandinavia, Benelux, the UK, Germany, Italy and Japan, giving concerts in major halls such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris, Tonhalle Zürich, and London’s Wigmore Hall.

Festival appearances have included Edinburgh, Sion, Naantali, Hardanger, the Pablo Casals Festival, Prades, and the Delft and New Zealand Chamber Music Festivals.

During the 5 years of its existence, critics have consistently praised the quartet for the collective virtuosity and experience of its members, as well as their musicality and intensity of feeling. They have recently embarked on a project to record all the Beethoven Quartets.The Quartet has performed the complete Beethoven quartets cycle in Scotland in the season 2012/2013 and in Japan 2015.

The Romonian violinist Mihaela Martin has continued, through her teacher Stefan Gheorghiu, a violinistic line including David Oistrakh and George Enesco.

Major prizes in the Tchaikovsky Competition and the First Indianapolis International Violin Competition, ensured her international career.

Zu ihren Kammermusikpartnern zählen Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Nobuko Imai und Leon Fleischer & Menahim Pressler. Her chamber music partners have included Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Nobuko Imai, Leon Fleischer & Menahem Pressler. She is a professor at the Musikhochschule Cologne, Kronberg Academy and since 2016 at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin.

St.Petersburg-born violinist Daniel Austrich came to international attention after winning major prizes at the Sarasate and Paganini Moscow International Competitions.

He has been soloist with many orchestras and appeared at numerous festivals, including Schleswig-Holstein, Davos, Usedom, and Ottawa.

He has performed chamber music together with Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, David Geringas, Julian Steckel, Fedor Belugin, Andrey Baranov and the St.Petersburg Quartet.

Former Vermeer Quartet member, Japanese-born Nobuko Imai, is considered one of the most outstanding viola players of our time. After studying at the Toho School of Music, Yale University and the Julliard School, she won high prizes at the Munich and Geneva International Competitions. Distinguished chamber music collaborators include Gidon Kremer, Midori, Itzhak Perlman, Yo Yo Ma, Andras Schiff and Ronald Brautigam. She holds professorships at the Amsterdam Conservatory and in Geneva.

Combining his love of chamber music with a solo career, Swedish cellist/conductor Frans Helmerson has performed with leading conductors and orchestras and at important international festivals. During the 1970’s he was principal ‘cellist of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, where he received important musical influences from Celibidache. William Pleeth and Rostropovich have also been important influences. He holds a professorship at the Musikhochschule in Cologne and since 2016 at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin.

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Audio/Video

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Programme

 

1)

Beethoven

String quartet in F major, Op.18/1

Bartok

String quartet no.1 in a minor, Op.7 Sz 40

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Smetana

String quartet no.1 „Z mého zivota / Aus meinem Leben“ T 116

 

2)

Bartók

String quartet no. 3 Sz 85


Enescu

String quartet no. 2 in G major, Op. 22/2

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Beethoven

String quartet no.1 in E flat major, Op. 127 


 

3)

Beethoven

String quartet, Op.18 Nr.6

Schostakowitsch

String quartet no. 3

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Dvorak

String quartet no.12 in F Major “American”

 

4)

Schubert

Quartet Movement

Bartok

String quartet no.1

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Tschaikowsky

String quartet, Op 22, no.2 

 

5)

Haydn

String quartet, Op.74 no. 3

Bartok

String quartet no.2

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Brahms

String quartet, Op. 51 no. 2

 

6)

Cherubini

String quartet no.3

Stravinsky

3 pieces for String quartet

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Stravinsky

Concertino

Beethoven

String quartet, Op.131

 

7)

Bartok

String quartet no.3 Sz 85

Enescu

String quartet no.3 in G major, Op. 22

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Dvorak

String quartet no.12 in F Major ‚American’

 

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