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Zehetmair Quartett

Thomas Zehetmair | Violin
Jakub Jakowicz | Violin
Ruth Killius | Viola
Christian Elliott | Violoncello

“The four musicians mastered their instruments with somnambulistic certainty; only in this way was it possible for them to go to the limits of what is possible.”

Founded in 1994 by Austrian violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair, the Zehetmair Quartett now ranks among the world’s finest string quartets. The quartet is renowned for its refined, intellectual interpretations characterized by a pristine, uncompromising approach. The four virtuosos perform at an exceptionally high technical level, instilling in their music an exceedingly rare combination of authenticity and remarkable expressiveness. In addition to a repertoire of widely known works, the quartet also captivates audiences with its profound understanding of contemporary music.

One of the unique artistic feats achieved by the quartet include, among other things, its cyclical performance of all string quartets by Robert Schumann in London’s Wigmore Hall, the world premiere of String Quartet No. 2 by Heinz Holliger – a work commissioned by Köln Musik GmbH for the Zehetmair Quartett. The 2009 performance by the Zehetmair Quartett during festivities celebrating the 100th birthday of Elliott Carter in New York proved to be a phenomenal success.

The quartet regularly performs at Europe’s most important musical centers such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Luxembourg or Helsinki and at the most renowned festivals, among these, the Salzburg Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Edinburgh International Festival or the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.

For its recording of Bartók’s 4th and Hartmann’s 1st String Quartet as well as the 1st and 3rd String Quartet by Schumann with ECM, the Zehetmair Quartett garnered awards such as the Diapason d’Or de l’Année, the Gramophone Award (Record of the Year) and the Edison and Klara Prize for the year’s best international production.
A recording featuring string quartets No. 4 by Hindemith and No. 5 by Bartók was acclaimed as a reference recording in the media and was recognised with the Diapason d’Or de l’Année. The ensemble’s most recent album is dedicated to Beethoven, Bruckner, Hartmann and Holliger.

In November 2014, the Zehetmair Quartett was awarded the Paul Hindemith Prize by the city of Hanau for its outstanding musical abilities.

Season 2023/2024 | Foto: Frederic Laverriere | Quote: Tiroler Tageszeitung, May 3rd 2022
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From Hamburg through the Alps with the Zehetmair Quartet

4 May 2023

The Zehetmair Quartet will spend a week touring from Hamburg, along Munich and South Tirol to Switzerland. At each stop the etablished string quartet will present a colorful […] more ...

Zehetmair Quartett on European Tour

27 April 2022

The Zehetmair Quartett is embarking on a tour throughout Germany, Austria, Belgium and Finland. After concerts in Homburg and Blaibach the four musicians will travel to Innsbruck before […] more ...

Zehetmair Quartet embarks on European tour

27 February 2017

The Zehetmair Quartet is one of the most versatile and exciting string quartets in the world. Famous for its unique programmes, which span the Classic to the Romantic […] more ...

The Zehetmair Quartett is on tour!

18 January 2016

After winning the 2014 Hindemith Prize awarded by the city of Hanau, the Zehetmair Quartett will also be presenting an exciting programme including one of the composer’s pieces […] more ...

Season promgram 25/26 with Zehetmair Quartet

13 March 2024

Thomas Zehetmair | Violin Jakub Jakowicz | Violin Ruth Killius | Viola Christian Elliott | Violoncello March 4th-15th 2026 or upon request They gave the impression that they […] more ...

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Beethoven/Bruckner/Hartmann/Holliger
Beethoven: String quartet op. 135 F major
Bruckner: String quartet  C minor
Hartmann: String quartet No. 2
Holliger: String quartet No. 2
ECM New Series 2195/96 (2013)

Bartók/Hindemith
Bartók: String quartet No. 5 Sz 102
Hindemith: String quartet No. 4 op. 22
ECM New Series 1874 (2007)

Hartmann/Bartók
Hartmann: String quartet No. 1
Bartók: String quartet No. 4 Sz 91
ECM New Series 1727 (1999)

Schumann
String quartet No. 1 op. 41/1
String quartet No. 3 op. 41/3
ECM New Series 1793 (2001)

Brahms – String Quartet in A minor op. 51 No. 2

Webern – Six Bagatelles op. 9 for String Quartet

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