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Auryn Quartet

An outstanding career spanning three decades has made the Auryn Quartet one of the most
sought
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after and respected ensembles performing around the globe. The Quartet has not
changed its personnel over this long period, and continues with its
fresh and pioneering
approach to all genres of music.

The Auryn's main mentors were the Amadeus Quartet, and the Guarneri Quartet with which
they studied between 1982 and '87 in Cologne, Germany, and at the University of Maryland,
USA. Claudio Abbado was a
lso an important influence on the Quartet's musical development,
under whose baton they performed as string principles in the European Union Youth
Orchestra.

The Quartet won its first prizes at the London International Competition and the ARD Munich
compet
ition, both in 1982, only one year after the group's inception. The ensemble also won
the main prize at the European Broadcasting Competition in Bratislava in 1989.

Invitations to most international music festivals followed in quick succession: Lockenhaus,

Salzburger Festspiele, Edinburgh International Festival, Musiktage Mondsee, Schwetzinger
Festspiele, and Stavangar festivals just to name a few. Recent tours have taken the Quartet
from the Lincoln Center in New York, to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, an
d also to the
Wigmore Hall in London, where they performed a complete cycle of the Beethoven quartets.

The Auryn Quartet has had many fruitful musical partnerships over the years, with performers
such as Menahem Pressler, Tabea Zimmerman, Alexander Lonquic
h, Sharon Kam, Nobuko
Imai, Christian Poltéra, Peter Orth, Michael Tree, Martin Fröst, Liza Ferschtman, Cecile
Licad, Dietrich Fischer
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Dieskau, Christine Schäfer and many others. The Quartet now runs its
own annual chamber music festival in the Venetian to
wn of Este in Italy (Incontri
Internazionali) and is Artistic Director of the Musiktage Mondsee in Austria.

The Auryns have a compelling discography, working exclusively with the Tacet company
since 2000. The most recent and ambitious recording project is
the edition of all 68 Haydn
quartets, which was finished in September 2010.

Three complete concert
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series of the Haydn quartets, each comprising 18 concerts, were
performed by the Auryns in Detmold, in Cologne (West German Radio), and Padova, Italy, in
com
memoration of the Haydn bicentennial year 2009.

The four musicians of the Auryn Quartet play on wonderful Italian instruments: a Stradivari
violin (1722, ex
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Joachim), a Petrus Guarneri violin, a Brothers Amati viola (1616) and a
Niccolo Amati cello. Since
2003 the Auryn Quartet has been sharing its wealth of experience
with musicians of younger generations, in the form of a teaching position at the Music
Academy in Detmold, Germany, where they are professors for chamber
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music.