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Alinde Quartet* String Quartet

The Alinde Quartet has internationally established itself as an outstanding string quartet on both modern and historical instruments. Known for exceptional musicality, passionate playing, and a broad repertoire spanning from the Renaissance to contemporary works, the ensemble's dedication to historical performance practices and the use of gut strings and historical instruments adds an authentic and captivating dimension to their sound. Their exploration of nuances and colours in classical repertoire reflects a commitment to preserving musical traditions while embracing innovation.

In their musical journey, the Alinde Quartet, named after Franz Schubert's song "Alinde," is currently undertaking an ambitious project. In collaboration with Hänssler Classic and Deutschlandfunk, they are recording a complete set of Schubert quartets. The innovative twist lies in each CD featuring a commissioned composition inspired by Schubert, bridging the gap between the past and present. This six-volume series is set to be completed by Schubert's bicentennial year in 2028.

This year, the Alinde Quartet will release two Schubert CDs. The first complements the quartet's complete recording and presents a fresh perspective on Schubert's timeless song cycle "Die Schöne Müllerin" with tenor Daniel Johannsen.

The eagerly awaited third volume of the Schubert complete recording includes the significant "Rosamunde Quartet" and an exciting new composition by Bartolomeo Dandolo Marchesi, the cellist of the Alinde Quartet.

Throughout their career, the Alinde Quartet has garnered numerous awards, including Laureate titles at the International Chamber Music Competition "Città di Pinerolo e Torino" and the Concorso Internazionale "Salieri Zinetti."

Their pursuit of musical excellence led them to study under esteemed musicians and mentors like Eberhard Feltz at the Hanns Eisler Music School in Berlin, Günther Pichler of the Alban Berg Quartet at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid, and Rainer Schmidt of the Hagen Quartet.

Apart from performing on prestigious stages, the Alinde Quartet passionately shares their knowledge and love for music in educational projects. They engage in workshops, children's - and - family concerts at prominent venues like the Cologne Philharmonic and the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Their commitment to nurturing young talent extends to a partnership with the Ida Bieler Academy in Cologne, co-founded by Eugenia Ottaviano, the Alinde Quartet's first violinist.

As a versatile, passionately musical, and technically flawless quartet, the ensemble has captivated audiences in renowned concert halls and music festivals worldwide, from the grandeur of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg to the historical splendor of the Konzerthaus Berlin, and at festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Verbier Festival, Aldeburgh Residencies, Chamber Music European Meetings in Bordeaux, Mozartfest Würzburg, and Chamber Music Residency at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

Thanks to their success, the ensemble kindly received a quartet of instruments, which were made by the famous violin maker Peter Greiner and use wood from a single tree.

Updated: January 2024