Since its founding in 2002, the Zurich-based Merel Quartet has met with the most positive critical acclaim. The Neue Zürcher Zeitung praises the quartet for playing “with utmost expressivity and a subtle sense of form, tone and rhetoric,” and the NZZ am Sonntag emphasizes the quartet’s "acutely attuned and sensitive ensemble playing."
The Merel Quartet pursues an active slate of concert appearances which takes them to renowned recital venues such as Wigmore Hall in London and the Tonhalle in Zurich as well as to the most important international festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the “Festival quartetto d’archi” in Reggio Emilia, Sounding Jerusalem, Kunstfest Weimar, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Murten Classics, Concentus Moraviae and the Ittingen Whitsun Concerts. The quartet collaborates with such artists as Juliane Banse, Ruth Ziesak, Dénes Várjon, Heinz Holliger, Erich Höbarth, Jörg Widmann, Thomas Demenga and Nobuko Imai.Of particular importance to the quartet is its regular work with mentors such as Ferenc Rados, András Schiff and Alfred Brendel, as well as the collaboration with living composers, including György Kurtág, Heinz Holliger and Kaija Saariaho. Acclaimed performances and live radio broadcasts of repertoire spanning Bach to comtemporary works and premiers attest to the quartet’s versatility. The Merel Quartet’s debut CD featuring works by Schumann, Janácek and a commissioned work by David Philip Hefti was described as the “outstanding CD-Premiere of a leading quartet.”(August 2009, NZZ am Sonntag).
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The "Haydn" Quartets KV 387 & KV 421
Felix & Fanny Mendelssohn