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musicians of the Haydn Quartet have won a pre-eminent place in the
music scene as specialists in the Vienna classics and are welcome
guests at international festivals throughout the world. Apart from
Haydn, their repertoire comprises not only the classical quartet
literature, but also masters from Haydn’s time whose works have been
undeservedly neglected, and works by modern and contemporary composers.
Among their many overseas performances are concerts in New York’s
Carnegie Hall and in Beijing’s renowned National Centre for the
Performing Arts on Tian An Men Square. They have also taught and
performed at the Beijing Central Conservatory.
The quartet performs and records regularly in Austria and also appears
on Austrian radio and television. It regularly performs in the
Esterhazy castle where Haydn composed much of his music. To mark
the Haydn centenary of 2009, it gave an exceptionally successful and
unique concert series during which all 69 of the composer’s quartets
were performed in St Michael’s, central Vienna, where Haydn also lived
for some time.
Notable among its numerous CDs are the first Austrian performance of
Carl Goldmark’s quintet, chamber works with cellist Rudolf Leopold, and
a Gramola CD with the soprano Cornelia Horvak in a special arrangement
of Schubert Lieder for soprano and string quartet. In 2012 the quartet
was chosen by the Deutsche Musikrat to give the first performance and
to produce a just released CD of the young German composer Daniel
Smutny’s String Quartet.