Künstlersekretariat - Astrid Schoerke

Notos Quartett

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

The Notos Quartett is regarded as one of the “outstanding chamber music formations of our time“ (Fono Forum 9/2017). Besides this piano quartet’s “virtuosic brilliance and technical perfection“ audiences and critics worldwide celebrate the Notos Quartett for its “sense of balance and ensemble playing revealing every detail of the composition“ and praise the musicians for their “profound musicality that goes straight to the heart“.

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 Berliner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Konzerthaus Vienna, Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tonhalle Zurich, 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, especially to China and Japan.

In addition to the well-known masterpieces the quartet is particularly committed to contemporary music and world premieres. This season works dedicated to them by composers such as Beat Furrer, Judit Varga and Bernhard Gander will be premiered.

Further the musicians strive to find lost and forgotten works of the piano quartet repertoire and present them to a wider audience. This is also reflected in their debut CD “Hungarian Treasures”, released in February 2017 on Sony Classical/RCA. It includes, among others, the world premiere recording of Béla Bartók’s piano quartet, for whose rediscovery the ensemble attained worldwide attention and recognition.

Numerous broadcasts of concerts, interviews and portraits in radio and television stations in Germany and abroad such as the ARD, ZDF, Deutschlandfunk, BBC, France Musique, ORF, NHK Japan and IPR USA document the world-wide interest in the Notos Quartett and its extraordinary concert programmes.

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 since autumn 2015 organize the annual “Notos Chamber Music Academy“, which as of this year will be hosted by Jeunesses Musicales, the most prestigious institution for musical education in Germany.

The Alban Berg Quartet, Mandelring Quartet as well as Uwe-Martin Haiberg, Clemens Hagen, Menahem Pressler and András Schiff count amongst the quartet’s mentors, teachers and supporters.

The support of the „Merito String Instruments Trust“ enables the Notos Quartett to play on highly prestigious instruments by old Italian masters and as Pirastro Artists exclusively on strings by the renowned string manufacturer „Pirastro GmbH“.

Season 2019/2020
Any amendments or cuts need the consent of Künstlersekretariat Astrid Schoerke.

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 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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