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Minguet Quartet

Ulrich Isfort - 1st Violine
Annette Reisinger - 2nd Violine
Aroa Sorin- Viola
Matthias Diener - Violoncello

Pablo Minguet was born in 18th-century Madrid, in Spain. In his philosophical writings, he was at pains to bring the Fine Arts to a broader public. Since its foundation, the Minguet Quartet has aspired to follow his example.

The Minguet Quartet was established in 1988, and has played in its present formation since 1997. As well as studying chamber-music at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, the four young musicians were given additional musical guidance by Walter Levin (La Salle Quartet), and members of the Amadeus, Melos and Alban Berg Quartets. With the help of scholarships and awards, such as those from the Land North-Rhein-Westphalia, and the Berlin Mendelssohn Prize, the Quartet quickly gained recognition and began to perform widely at home and abroad. In 1997 the Minguets held a guest-lectureship at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule, Düsseldorf.

The Cologne-based Minguet Quartet performs all over the world: from Europe and Scandinavia to Asia and the USA; the group has been repeatedly engaged by the Wigmore Hall, London, the Philharmonic halls in Berlin and Cologne.

The 2005/06 season saw the group performing at the Salzburg Festspiele, Festival d’Automne Paris, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Edinburgh Festival, the Istanbul Festival, the Alte Oper Frankfurt and the Römerbad Musiktagen.

The Quartet collaborates with many other musicians, including clarinettists Paul Meyer and Jörg Widmann, and pianists Leon Fleisher, Kun Woo Paik and Lars Vogt. As a Solo-Quartet, it has performed with the Munich Chamber Orchestra.

This outstanding ensemble has many first-performances to its credit and plays contemporary music and classical-romantic pieces with equal commitment, seeing the combining and contrasting of these two genres as a particularly important challenge. Of particular note is the complete cycle of Wolfgang Rihm´s 12 string quartets, also a first recording, which was released in May 2003, the second recording in spring 2004.

The Minguet Quartet plays on a set of instruments, kindly given on permanent loan by the Stiftung Kunst und Kultur, Nord-Rhein-Westfalen.


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