Shortly after the jubilation over the many prizes at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the triumph at the Quatuor à Bordeaux Competition followed and, as all good things apparently come in threes, today, just one week later, the Leonkoro Quartet is appointed BBC New Generation Artists! The four Berlin-based musicians will be part of the scheme from 2022-2024.
Just one month after their great success at the International Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition (1st prize & 9 special prizes), the Leonkoro Quartet is celebrating another major triumph. On Saturday night they were awarded 1st prize at the Quatuor à Bordeaux Competition. They convinced not only the jury of their talent, but also the audience: in addition to 1st prize, the Leonkoro Quartet returned to Berlin with the audience prize and the young audience prize as well.
With immediate effect we will be representing the wonderful Anja Bihlmaier in Germany and Austria. Welcome, dear Anja!
Celebrating the Sitkovetsky Trio: Our piano trio won the BBC Music Magazine Award in the category best chamber music CD of the year for the Ravel and Saint-Saëns piano trio recording (label: BIS) last night in London! Congratulations!
What a week and what an evening for the Leonkoro Quartet at the Wigmore Hall International String Competition. With an incredibly intense and virtuoso Beethoven Razumovsky No. 3, the four Berlin based musicians crowned their competition week. Our heartfelt congratulations for winning 1st prize and the almost countless special prizes they were honoured with yesterday (April 10th, 2022).
Confirmation of an artistic path of opening – Music Director Daniel Cohen and General Manager Karsten Wiegand to continue their work at the Darmstadt Theater.
We are shocked, dismayed and deeply saddened by the attack on Ukraine and share the pain Alexander Melnikov feels when writing for his audience today:
“It’s hard to imagine anyone further away from politics than I am. I also hate all pre-concert speeches.
But this morning – which I can call the worst morning of my life – I had a knot in my stomach that would prevent me from going on stage unless I can position myself clearly in front of you. Therefore I ask for 2 minutes of your attention:
Our civilization is in bad shape. [….] However, we all have our ‘red lines’. The beginning of a war must be the reddest of all red lines for everyone.
Of course, it is normal to say that I or millions of other Russians have nothing to do with this war. True, I haven’t lived there for many years and I definitely never voted for Putin or his party. If anything, I’m furious with them for making me feel guilty about being Russian. A feeling that has been with me for as long as I can remember.
But that’s not how things work. I feel responsible for this war. Neither I nor my countrymen have done enough to stop it.
It’s happening now that we’re all sitting here in the concert hall. People are dying in a criminal war for no reason.
When I look at humanity, I am infinitely sad. Shouldn’t we fear for our very survival? If we don’t survive, we will also lose Bach, Leonardo, Einstein, Newton or Pushkin. I don’t understand why we allow people like Putin or Trump to do this to our civilization.”
February 24th 2022
The “Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition” will take place from 9th to 15th May 2022 in the Auditorium of the Opéra National de Bordeaux. Applications open until 14th of January 2022:
Ariane Matiakh will take up her post as Chief Conductor at the beginning of the 2022/23 season in Reutlingen, but will already be involved in the planning for the coming seasons. She is the first woman to hold the position of artistic direction of the orchestra.
We are pleased to represent the wonderful Sitkovetsky Trio worldwide as the first piano trio since the founding of the Impresariat Simmenauer office.
The Sitkovetsky Trio’s thoughtful and committed approach to music has established them as the leading piano trio of the present day over the past 15 years.
Congratulations! Piotr Anderszewski was awarded a “Gramophone Award” in the category “Piano” for his album “JS Bach Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2 (Excerpts)” (Warner Classics):
The heart of the Impresariat beats for the string quartet. With great interest we dedicate ourselves to the next generation and are therefore very happy to welcome the Simply Quartet to our artist roaster!
For their complete recording of Beethoven’s String Quartets – “Beethoven Around the World” – Quatuor Ébène has been awarded the Victoire de la musique classique in the recording category (2021).
„Ich beschloss, die Stücke in einer Reihenfolge meiner subjektiven Wahl zusammenzustellen, die manchmal auf Tonart-Beziehungen basiert, ein anderes Mal auf Kontrasten, die die Stücke unwiderstehlich zusammenzuziehen scheinen“, erklärt Anderszewski. „In der Musik gibt es immer eine Geschichte, eine emotionale Erzählung, da ein Stück dem anderen folgt und es in Beziehung setzt … Die Idee, diese Werke in dieser spezifischen Reihenfolge zu spielen, besteht darin, ein Gefühl von Dramatik zu erzeugen, das einen Zyklus suggeriert: 12 Charaktere, die sich miteinander unterhalten und sich gegenseitig widerspiegeln“.
The Quartet is to establish a new String Quartet class at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich (HMTM) from 2021/22 onwards. Congratulation!
With Johannes Debus another conductor is enriching our artists list. The Music Director of the Canadian Opera Company perceives it as very rewarding to have one foot on each continent.
He sees himself as a universalist, equally at home in Monteverdi, the Viennese School, Janáček, and the 20th-century repertoire. “I wouldn’t give up any of this musical variety,” Debus says. “If the boundaries of my language are the boundaries of my world, then every new piece is a passage to somewhere new.”
We are delighted to represent him for opera and concert in Europe, starting immediately.
Choc de l’année 2020 of the Classica Magazine for „Beethoven Around the World”
Ludwig van Beethoven
Live recorded at the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 18 No. 2
String Quartet No. 11, Op. 95 ‘Quartetto Serioso’
Live recorded at the Suntory Hall Tokyo
String Quartet No. 13, Op. 130 with ‘Grosse Fuge’, Op. 133
Released by Warner Classics on September 25!
The Schumann Quartet encounters Schubert with the String Quartet No. 6, D 74, the Quartettsatz, and the String Quartet No. 13, ‘Rosamunde’. The three brothers and Liisa Randalu show with their album “Fragment” how the compositions of Franz Schubert have developed over the years. A cooperation of Berlin Classics & SWR2, released 14 August.
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Today the entire recording of the Beethoven String Quartets by Quatuor Ébène will be released worldwide!A project that is no longer conceivable in the current situation: a string quartet on world tour, 6 continents, 10 months, 7 live recorded concerts. Even if most of the quartet’s concert tours are now suspended, we now can still enjoy “their” Beethoven at home.
At 7:30pm (CET), Avi Avital graces us with a 15 minute musical interval to the evening.
This event will be streamed Live and only Live, no catch-up or download.
Tune in on www.simmenauer.de/live or on the https://www.facebook.com/simmenauer/
Ariane Matiakh’s new recording of Ernst von Dohnányi’s pantomime “The Veil of Pierette” with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra will be released by Capriccio in February:
With its album “Intermezzo” the Schumann Quartet is turning its attention to its prominent Romantic namesake on a recording for the first time. Robert Schumann’s string quartet op. 41/1 is combined with Felix Mendelssohn’s op. 12 and two compositions by Aribert Reimann: his “Adagio in Memory of Robert Schumann” and the Schumann transcription “Six Songs op. 107” for soprano and string quartet with Anna Lucia Richter.
The album was released in 2018 by Berlin Classics.
Preview: The Strad
We congratulate Marc Bouchkov for winning the 2nd Prize & Silver Medal at the 16th International Tschaikowsky Competition!
Listen to one of his virtuoso performances during the competition – here.
Not only the Impresariat Simmenauer is celebrating an anniversary this year – we raise our glasses to the 30th – but also 5 of our quartets.
Arditti Quartet – 45th anniversary
Artemis Quartet – 30th anniversary
Belcea Quartet – 25th anniversary
Quatuor Ébène – 20th anniversary
Quatuor Modigliani – 15th anniversary
Ariane Matiakh is the wonderful new addition to our conductors list. With her, we win a musician whose career develops so naturally, and whose musicality is so sound that it is a joy to pick up the work with her, and to represent her worldwide for opera and concert.
Artemis Quartet announces the successors of Anthea Kreston and Eckart Runge from June 2019: to mark the 30th anniversary of the Artemis Quartet in 2019, two new players will join the ensemble.
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The award is given annually within the framework of the Musikmesse trade fair in Frankfurt and honours personalities who have made a special contribution to the international music scene and culture.
The Trustees of the Frankfurt Music Prize acclaim Quatuor Ébène as an outstanding ensemble whose electrifying playing is characterised by passion, complete fidelity to the original works and a simultaneous delight in improvisation. Through their seemingly effortless crossover into the world of jazz, the musicians have succeeded in increasing public awareness of the string quartet as the elite of chamber music, as well as attracting more people, especially younger people, to the concert halls.
Founding member Eckart Runge to focus on new challenges
Anthea Kreston is also leaving the ensemble
The Artemis Quartet remains active in the thirtieth year of its existence