- String Quartet
The unparalleled career of the Hagen Quartett—which is now nearing the three-decade mark—began in 1981 when the ensemble garnered two awards at the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival. Only one year later, when the members of the quartet were all still under the age of 20, they won Yehudi Menuhin’s prestigious Portsmouth String Quartet Competition.
These honors were followed by awards in Evian, Bordeaux and Banff (Canada). Praised for their unique, finely nuanced timbre and the engaging immediacy of their ensemble sound, in 1985 the Hagen Quartett signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon and began recordings of their award-winning discography. The siblings Lukas, Angelika, Veronika and Clemens Hagen first began to perform music together while still attending elementary school. At the beginning of their career, Annette Bik took over the position of second violin from Angelika Hagen. Since 1987 the Hagen Quartett has featured Rainer Schmidt as the quartet’s second violinist.