Great musical intensity, self-confident perfection, and a growing interest in fidelity to the style of the work are characteristic of the Carmina Quartett, which was founded in Switzerland in 1984. Early on, spectacular success in competitions brought headlines in the international press and paved their way to the world’s great concert stages. The Financial Times has ranked the Carmina Quartett among the leading string quartets of our time.
Among the quartet’s mentors are the Amadeus Quartett, the LaSalle Quartet, Sandor Végh, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Collaboration with the last of these great musical personalities in particular fostered their understanding of historical performance practice, which has marked their performance ever since, in an undogmatic and lively way. In addition to a large repertoire for string quartet, which includes rare pieces from all eras, the quartet performs together with musicians such as Mitsuko Uchida, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Emmanuel Pahud, Truls Mork, Wolfgang Meyer, Sabine Meyer, Antonio Menesses, Veronika Hagen, Olaf Bär, and Wolfgang Holzmair.
All of their CD recordings for Denon have attracted the unanimous admiration of critics and audiences and have received such renowned honors as the Gramophone Award, the Diapason d’Or, the Choc du Monde de la Musique, the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, and a Grammy Award nomination.
As quartet in residence at the Musikhochschule Zürich/Winterthur, the Carmina Quartett passes on its extensive experience and unmistakable, independent musicality to the younger generation.