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Takács Quartet

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Hungary (1975 – present)

The Takács Quartet is a string quartet, originally founded in Hungary, and now based in Boulder, Colorado, United States. In 1975, four students at the Music Academy in Budapest, Gabor Takács-Nagy (first violin), Károly Schranz (second violin), Gabor Ormai (viola), and András Fejér (cello) formed The Takács Quartet. According to their own story, Takács-Nagy, Ormai and Fejér had been playing trios together for several months when they met Schranz during a pickup soccer game after classes. With the immediate addition of Károly to their group the trio became a quartet.

They first received international attention in 1977, winning the First Prize and the Critics’ Prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. After that the quartet won the Gold Medal at the 1979 Portsmouth and Bordeaux Competitions and First Prizes at the Budapest International String Quartet Competition in 1978 and the Bratislava Competition in 1981. The quartet made its first North American tour in 1982.

In 1983, the group decided it would be best for them and their families if they moved to the United States. A colleague offered them a position as quartet-in-residence at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and they accepted the job.

In 1993, Takács-Nagy left the group, and the British violinist Edward Dusinberre replaced him. In 1994, Ormai learned that he had incurable cancer, and was replaced by another British musician, violist Roger TAPPING.

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  • SkylineFugitive

    Their interpretation of Bartók is the best.

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Wow, two comments? Amazing quartet. Can't wait to see them do Bartok's String Quartets in April.

    12 Dec 2012 Reply
  • gakko

    The picture really, really sucks...

    7 May 2010 Reply
  • DoktorRokk

    Just listening to the Takács do Death & the Maiden and I'm amazed at how they bring out so much more urgency than other recordings I've heard. It feels like the first time I've heard it, all over again.

    19 Feb 2008 Reply

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