Künstlersekretariat - Astrid Schoerke

Notos Quartett

Sindri Lederer | Violin
Andrea Burger | Viola
Philip Graham | Violoncello
Antonia Köster | Piano

“The Notos Quartett is considered to be one the of the outstanding chamber music ensembles of our time.”

Both audiences and critics admire the ensemble’s “virtuosic brilliance and technical perfection”, especially the “sense of balance and ensemble precision, which makes every detail of the composition audible.”

Since its foundation in 2007, the Notos Quartett has won six first prizes and various special awards in numerous international competitions including those in Holland, Italy, England and China and has since established itself internationally, performing in renowned European concert halls such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Konzerthaus Vienna, Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tonhalle Zürich, BOZAR Brussels, Teatro la Fenice Venice as well as important festivals in the Rheingau, Schwetzingen, Würzburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Usedom, Radio France in Montpellier and is regularly traveling abroad to Russia, Australia, South Africa and Asia, and especially to China and Japan.

In addition to the well-known masterpieces, the quartet is particularly committed to contemporary music and world premieres. For the 2019/20 season, premieres of works by Beat Furrer, Judit Varga and Bernhard Gander dedicated to the quartet were scheduled, which due to the pandemic will now be performed in Vienna, Innsbruck and Berlin in 2020/21.

The musicians also endeavor to track down lost and forgotten works of the piano quartet genre and to present them to a wider audience. This is also reflected in their debut CD Hungarian Treasures, which was released by Sony Classical/RCA in February 2017 and includes the world premiere recording of the piano quartet by Béla Bartók, for whose rediscovery the ensemble attained worldwide attention and recognition. The second recording, again released by SONY Classical, is dedicated entirely to the great Romantic Johannes Brahms – with the famous Piano Quartet in G minor and an arrangement of the Symphony no. 3 by Andreas Nikolai Tarkmann created especially for the Notos Quartett.

The great interest in the Notos Quartett and its extraordinary programs are documented by numerous concert recordings, interviews and portraits in radio and television at home and abroad, such as ARD, ZDF, Deutschlandfunk, BBC, France Musique, ORF, NHK Japan and IPR USA.

It is important to the musicians to take a stand on social issues of our time. They were the first artists to return the prestigious German music prize ECHO Klassik that had been awarded to them in 2017 in the category Newcomer of the Year in response to the ECHO Pop Awards in April 2018, when an album with anti-Semitic and inhumane language was distinguished. They triggered a protest movement that was joined by many well-known artists such as Igor Levit, Daniel Barenboim and Marius Müller-Westernhagen. As a result, the ECHO brand was abolished.

The social commitment of the ensemble is also reflected in its promotion of young musicians – another important aspect of the quartet’s work. They have taught at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, led the masterclass Saigon Chamber Music in Vietnam and organizes the annual Notos Chamber Music Academy, which it founded in 2019 in cooperation with the Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland in Weikersheim.

In addition to Günter Pichler, the leader of the legendary Alban Berg Quartet, with whom the quartet studied in Madrid at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía until 2017, the quartet’s companions, teachers and supporters include the Mandelring Quartet, Menahem Pressler, András Schiff, Clemens Hagen and Uwe-Martin Haiberg.

Made possible by the Merito String Instruments Trust, the Notos Quartett plays on instruments from old Italian masters and as Pirastro artists, exclusively on strings made by the renowned string manufacturer Pirastro GmbH.

Saison 2020/2021 | Photo: Uwe Arens | Quotation: Fono Forum, September 2017.
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Notos Quartett’s September

31 August 2020

September will bring a fresh breeze to the concert life of the Notos Quartett. It will perform concerts in different places all over Germany and skillfully present pieces […] more ...

Two weekends full of music with the Notos Quartett

5 March 2020

The Notos Quartett will travel through southwest Germany for the next two weekends to visit different chamber music promoters. With programs of, amongst others, Mahler, Mozart and Martinu […] more ...

Welcome Notos Quartett!

20 September 2019

We are very glad to start this concert season with some new faces on our artist roster: Sindri Lederer, Andrea Burger, Philip Graham and Antonia Köster who form […] more ...

Season Program 2021/2022

22 April 2020

Sindri Lederer  | violin Andrea Burger  | viola Philip Graham  | violoncello Antonia Köster | piano “Freshly unheard music, wonderfully played by a flawlessly harmonious ensemble of brilliant […] more ...

Notos Quartett – Season program 2020/ 2021

18 September 2019

“the finest chamber music performance I have heard anywhere” Classical Voice North America, Robert Markow   Sindri Lederer  | Violine Andrea Burger  | Viola Philip Graham  | Violoncello […] more ...

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Hungarian Treasures
Bartók | Dohnányi | Kodály

Ernst von Dohnányi: Piano quartet in F-sharp minor
Zoltán Kodály: Intermezzo for string trio
Béla Bartók: Piano quartet in C minor, op. 20

Sony (2017)

Notos Quartett live in Madrid Auditorio Sony – Brahms Piano Quartet G minor op.25

Notos Quartett live in Madrid Auditorio Sony – Dohnányi Piano Quartet in F sharp minor

Portrait of the Notos Quartet in television – benefit concert at the Dom of Berlin

Notos Quartett at ZDF Morning Show

Notos Quartett live in Madrid Auditorio Sony – Walton Piano Quartet

Notos Quartett live in Madrid Auditorio Sony – Schumann Piano Quartet E flat major op. 47

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