Sebastian Hamann Violin
Katarzyna Nawrotek Violin
Nicolas Corti Viola
Claudius Herrman Violoncello
Shortly after its formation in 1981, the AMATI QUARTET became the recipient of various prestigious awards, among them the "Premier Grand Prix" of the International Competition in Evian (1982), and the first prize of the Karl Klinger Competition in Munich (1986).
In addition to the classical and romantic repertoire, the artists are also dedicated to performing music of the 20th century. They give special attention to the rarely heard pieces, which they combine in exciting contrast with the standard works of the quartet literature. Their interest in contemporary music has often resulted in world-premiere performances - as e.g. of works by Rudolf Kelterborn, Wladimir Vogel, Terry Riley, Isang Yun, Toshio Hosokawa and others.
Additional artistic challenge and inspiration come through the collaboration with other performers - piano, winds, strings, voice - and so the Amati Quartets chamber music partners include such well-known artists as Rudolf Buchbinder, Bruno Canino, Homero Francesch, Hartmut Höll, James Galway, Eduard Brunner, Paul Meyer, Radovan Vlatkovic, Isabel Charisius, Gérard Caussé and David Geringas.
In the last few years, the Amati Quartet performed in the most prestigeous halls in Europe and America, among them the Musikverein Wien, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, the Philharmonie Cologne, the Konzerthaus Berlin. Their Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall was an enormous success.
In addition to their extended concert activities, records, radio and television recordings document the artistic qualities of the Amati Quartet. Two of their CD recordings - Shostakovich Quartets 3 & 7 as well as Szymanovski op. 56 and Ravel - won the Prize of the German Record Reviewers. Their latest release of Haydns string quartets op. 50 was awarded the French "Choc du monde de la musique".