Leipzig string quartet
The Leipziger Streichquartett (Leipzig String Quartet) is among the most sought-after and diverse ensembles of our time. Founded in 1989, three of its members were active as section leaders in the world famous Gewandhausorchester, until they chose to resign in 1993 in order to devote their time exclusively to playing in a quartet. This was preceded by training under Gerhard Bosse in Leipzig, the Amadeus Quartet in London and Cologne and under Hatto Beyerle in Hanover, and Walter Levin.
The Leipziger Streichquartett has won many awards and prizes, including the ARD-Musikwettbewerb in 1991 and the Förderpreis of the Siemens Music Prize in 1992.
The quartet has been very active in its concert performances in more than 40 countries. They attend many important festivals in Germany and other countries and regularly put their own thematic cycles on their concert plans.
Since 1992 the Leipziger Streichquartett has been recording exclusively for MDG – Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm. The more than 80 CD recordings, including the recordings of the complete string quartets by Adorno, Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Dessau, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schönberg and Webern, have won many prizes, including five ECHO Klassik prizes. A collection of nine CDs, containing all of Franz Schubert’s quartets, was completed in 1997. According to many experts this collection was the most significant release for the Schubert year of 1997.
The ensemble has musical partnerships with acclaimed soloists that enrich their extensive repertoire. The Leipziger Streichquartett has given the world premieres of many string quartets, including works by leading composers such as Wolfgang Rihm, Cristóbal Halffter, Beat Furrer and Bernd Franke.
At the invitation of Claudio Abbado, the Leipziger Streichquartett has been a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra since 2009. The quartet has a guest professorship at the Tokyo University of the Arts.
In January 2016 Conrad Muck took on the position of first violin in the Leipziger Streichquartett.