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Hagen Quartet

  • String Quartet

Biography

Hagen Quartet: In their native city of Salzburg they studied with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, whose well-founded period performance practice and Klangrede (sounding speech) became the foundation of their performing style. The most influential mentors who have had an impact on their repertoire and performance style were Walter Levin (Cincinnati), Hatto Beyerle (Hanover/Vienna) and Heinrich Schiff, the last of whom with Mitsuko Uchida, Maurizio Pollini, Sabine Meyer and Jörg Widmann appears regularly in chamber music performances with the Hagen Quartett.
Their concert repertoire—as is also true of their compelling discography—brings together unusual, captivating, and intelligently combined programming from Haydn to Kurtág, covering the entire history of the string quartet.
The Hagen Quartett continuously maintains close ties with contemporary composers, whether by performing their works or commissioning works and then giving the premiere performance. The forthcoming concert season will feature premiere performances of works by B.A. Zimmermann and G.F. Haas and the music of J. Widmann and in 2010 the Hagen
Quartett will also perform the work of Polish composer Graz?yna Bacewicz with pianist Krystian Zimerman.