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Henschel Quartet
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After a sold out concert at London's Wigmore Hall in December 2001 Paul Cutts in "The Strad" wrote

The Henschel Quartet's concert was a highlight of my concert-going year. I have rarely heard Debussy's Quartet in G minor portrayed with such passionate commitment, insight and artistry. The slow third movement ached with intensity, and there was an audible sigh from an enraptured audience at its close. The Henschel's Beethoven op.59 no.3 in C major was delivered with a brio and confidence that senior quar-tets rarely muster, it was as close to perfection as to be beyond reproach. Magical. Likewise the FAZ newspaper described the quartet's most recent appearance at the Rheingau Music Festival as "a great mo-ment of chamber music".

In 1994 the Henschel siblings had the great fortune to find the ideal cello partner in Mathias Beyer-Karlshųj. In their intensive years of study with the Amadeus Quartet and Prof. F. Beyer and later with members of the Alban Berg, La Salle and Melos Quartets the young artists were confronted with the high-est international standards. In 1995 the Henschel Quartet were prize-winners of no less than five prizes at International String Quartet competitions in Evian, Banff and Salzburg for the best interpretation of works ranging from Mozart up to contemporary composers. In 1996 they won the first prize and gold medal at the coveted Osaka International String Competition. Highly acclaimed debut concerts in many of Europe's prestigious concert halls helped to firmly establish the Henschel Quartet as one of today's leading string quartets. Constant critical acclaim has led to an impressive international career.

The quartet receives numerous re-invitations to perform at major international festivals and prestigious chamber music cycles worldwide including performances at the Tanglewood Festival (USA), Kuhmo Fes-tival (Finland,) the Schubertiade Feldkirch, the BBC Proms concerts in London, the Aldeburgh Festival, Festival de Wallonie (Belgium) Rheingau Festival, Schwetzinger Festival and the Kissinger Summer Festi-val (Germany).

This season's engagements include concerts in the Herkulessaal Munich the Portrait Gallery - Dresden, the Redoute in Bonn, the Tivoli - Copenhagen, the Grand Theatre Toulouse, The Royal Scottish Academy in Glasgow for the BBC, The European Music Summer in Passau, the Festival Summer Nizza. In April 2003 the Henschel Quartet will embark on its ninth concert tour of Japan and in March on an extended tour of Australia. In July 2003 the Quartet will present a Beethoven cycle in a series of six concerts at the Tivoli in Copenhagen.

ln addition to numerous concert performances as a quartet, they also appear regularly with other musi-cians. Amongst those who have performed with the Henschel Quartet are members of the Amadeus Quar-tet, the Cherubini Quartet, Radovan Vladkowitsch, Eduard Brunner, Sharon Kam, Alfredo Perl, Christian Elsner and Magdalena Kozena.

The Henschel Quartet has made several recordings and many of them have been awarded a number of prizes including the "Deutsche Schallplattenkritk" prize. The Quartet's discography includes quartets by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Mozart and most recently Ginastera that was released to great critical acclaim by Gramophone .

In 2003 the Henschel Quartet have been released Mendelssohn's String Quartets, op. 12 and op. 80 on the Arte Nova label and Respighi's "Il Tramonto" and selected pieces by Schulhoff with the mezzosoprano Magdalena Kozena on the Deutsche Grammophon label, and in 2004 Mendelsohn's String Quartets op. 13 and op. 44 /3.

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