At the latest after winning the Finalists’ Prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani 2011 in Reggio Emilia (no First Prize was awarded) and then, only four weeks later, winning First Prize and the Monash University Grand Prize at the 6th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, the Amaryllis Quartett emerged as one of the leading string quartets of their generation. The four young musicians, who first studied with Walter Levin in Basel and later with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne and Günter Pichler in Madrid, have also won prizes at international competitions in Heerlen, Eindhoven, and Graz, and have been named scholarship winners of the Deutscher Musikrat (German Music Council). In 2012 they won the Chamber Music Prize of the Jürgen Ponto Foundation. Their 2011 release, “White,” featuring works by Haydn and Webern won the 2012 ECHO Klassik Award as “Chamber Music Recording of the Year.” The Amaryllis Quartett regularly performs in concert series and at festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Heidelberger Frühling, and Lucerne Festival, as well as at venues such as the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, the Tonhalle in Zurich, Vienna's Musikverein, Teatro della Pergola in Florence, the Gran Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, and at the Dai-ichi Seimei Hall in Tokyo. The quartet has been featured in recordings and productions by German broadcasters SWR, WDR, NDR, BR, by Swiss Radio DRS as well as by Radio France. In addition the string quartet has inaugurated its own recital series at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Lübeck’s Kolosseum, and at the Concert Hall in Solothurn, Switzerland. In its recital programming the quartet members constantly strive to innovatively combine the standard quartet literature with contemporary compositions. The musicians are devoted not only to giving premiere performances of New Music by composers such as Eino Tamberg, Johannes Fischer, or Chinese composer Lin Yang but also include forgotten masterpieces in their recitals. For example, the Amaryllis Quartett champions the music of the Hungarian composer and Béla Bartók pupil Géza Frid, completing the world premiere recording of his quartets in 2008. The string quartet particularly enjoys combining works from the Viennese classical period with those of the Second Viennese School – as they did on their previous CD, “White,” and have also done in this recording. The Amaryllis Quartett regularly performs with chamber music partners Barbara Westphal, Dimitri Ashkenazy, François Benda, Patrick Demenga, Paul Katz, Jens Peter Maintz, Gustav Rivinius, Gerhard Schulz, and Michael Tree.
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