Antje Weithaas, violin
Daniel Sepec, violin
Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Jean-Guihen Queyras, violoncello
“The Arcanto Quartet is one of the most stimulating and enjoyable ensembles to listen to, no matter what it is playing. Freshness, close rapport, finesse, and a blend of eloquence and vitality have been hallmarks of its style ever since its debut.” (Telegraph)
Antje Weithaas, Daniel Sepec, Tabea Zimmermann, and Jean-Guihen Queyras founded the Arcanto Quartet in 2002 after several years of playing chamber music together in various combinations. The four musical soul mates, who also share a close personal friendship, quickly took the chamber music world by storm with their spirited playing, fuelled by the joy of bringing music to life.
The Arcanto Quartet’s highly successful concert debut took place in 2004 in Stuttgart. Since then, the quartet has performed all over the world, for example at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Vancouver Recital Series, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Cité de la Musique Paris, the Philharmonie Berlin and the Vienna Konzerthaus. They have played at the Rheingau Music Festival and the Helsinki, Edinburgh and Montreux festivals, and also toured Israel, Japan and North America.
Highlights of the 2015/16 season included performances at the festivals in Edinburgh, Schwetzingen and Lugano, at the Philharmonie Cologne and at the Mozarteum Salzburg. In addition they went on tour in North America and played concerts at the Carnegie Hall, in Montréal, Chicago and Vancouver. Their musical partners in this season were the young cellist Maximilian Hornung and Jörg Widmann. Following their concerts at this year’s Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, they will begin a long-standing sabbatical.
So far the quartet has released five highly acclaimed CD albums on Harmonia Mundi, among them a recording of Schubert’s String Quintet with Jean-Guihen Queyras’ student Olivier Marron, and a recording of Mozart’s String Quartet KV 421 and Clarinet Quintet together with Jörg Widmann.
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