Founded in 2003 by four of Germany's most outstanding and respected instrumentalists, the HEINE QUARTET, previous members of such legendary ensembles as the Melos Quartet, the Cherubini Quartet, Ravel Quartet and New York's Ridge Quartet, have combined their vast experience, musical impetus and their commitment to the extraordinary string quartet repertoire, into creating interpretations of unusual inspiration. The Heine Quartet has been praised by critics and public alike for their warmth and flexibility of sound, dramatic dynamic color, musical intensity and unanimity of purpose.
The Heine Quartet is based in Germany where its members are full professors at the most prestigious music academies of Europe, including the Academy of Music Cologne, the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Duesseldorf, the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen and the Academy for Music and Theater Zurich. Most recently the Heine Quartet has been named “Associate String Quartet” at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Beginning in May 2006, they will regularly lead masterclasses and give concert appearances.
Highlights in the season 2006/2007 include a Gala-Performance on May 6th 2006, presented by the “Schumannfest Duesseldorf” in the Robert-Schumann-Saal. The Heine Quartet will present the first performance of Schumann's String Quartets based on the new critical urtext-edition being published as part of the “New Robert Schumann Complete Edition” by the Schumann Research Institute Duesseldorf and Schott Music International. As well, they will perform the world premiere of Aribert Reimann's new string quartet. Commissioned for the Schumannfest, this work is based on a last unpublished choral fragment, “the Endenicher Choral”, found in Schumann's last documents.
In London, the Heine Quartet will be featured at “The Schumann-Heine-Festival” planned 2006/07 by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in collaboration with the Wigmore Hall. The quartet will present the complete Schumann Quartets, the Piano Quintet, Schumann-Reimann transcriptions for voice and string quartet, along with guest-readings of the poetry of Heinrich Heine in commemoration of Heine's 150th “Todesjahr”.
In Zurich, November 2006, the quartet will give Gala-performances of the Schumann Quartets in conjunction with the presentation and discussion of the last documentation of Schumann's life presented by the Academy for Music and Theater Zurich.
The Heine Quartet will make debut appearances at the “Mozartfest Wurzburg” in the Residenz, at the “Rheingau Musik Festival”, Kloster Eberbach, and with Hariolf Schlichtig as guest artist for Mozart String Quintets, at the “Bodensee Festival”.
Their debut performance in Stuttgart’s “Liederhalle” is scheduled for December 2006.
Starting 2006, the quartet will be artistic directors of the “International String Festival Baden-Wuerttemberg”, a festival for performance and study of string chamber music for young professional instrumentalists taking place yearly at the “Landesakademie Ochsenhausen”, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.
In 2007, the Heine Quartet will be founding its new string quartet concert festival, the “International Easter Festival Wolfegg”. Since 2005, they have led the chamber music concert series at the Residenz Schloss Bensberg-Cologne, Germany.
Ulrich Gröner, violin
Ida Bieler, violin
Matthias Buchholz, viola
Christoph Richter, cello
The Artist's Homepage: http://www.Heinequartett.de
Johannes Brahms: String Quartet in A minor op. 51
Leos Janácek: String Quartet No. 2