Founded in 1995, the Szymanowski Quartet is one of the most remarkable string quartets of its generation. Their sophisticated programmes are performed with a perfect balance of intellect and passion, earning them warmth and enthusiasm throughout Europe, North and South America, the Far East and Australia.
The quartet has won prizes and awards from major international competitions including those in Melbourne, Hannover, Osaka and Florence. In 2005 the Karol Szymanowski Foundation in Warsaw bestowed on them the Szymanowski Award, the first time this award was given to a string quartet. In 2007, the Polish government awarded them a Medal of Honour for services to Polish culture.
The quartet studied chamber music with Hatto Beyerle at the University of Music and Drama in Hanover. They have studied further with Isaac Stern, Walter Levin, the Amadeus and Emerson Quartets, the Juilliard String Quartet and the Guarneri Quartet.
The ensemble performs throughout the world in major concert halls: New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Vienna’s Musikverein, the Konzerthaus in Berlin and Shanghai Symphony Hall. Their annual North American tours have included concerts in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Diego, Vancouver and Montreal. The ensemble is a regular guest at prominent international festivals including Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, "Schubertiade", Schwetzingen and Lockenhaus as well as in Luxemburg, Paris, London, Warsaw, Moscow, Cheltenham, Basel, Bath and Perth. In 2008 the SQ founded the Lviv Chamber Music Festival at the UNESCO World Heritage site on the border between the Ukraine and Poland.
In addition to classical and romantic repertoire, the Szymanowski Quartet is commitment to contemporary music, including in its repertoire works by Magnus Lindberg, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Matan Daniel Porat and others , several of whom have dedicated works to the Quartet.
The Szymanowski Quartet feels a particular connection to the UK, having been BBC New Generation Artists. They have played throughout the country, with appearances at festivals throughout the UK and at venues including Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and the Wigmore Hall, London.
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riveting, particularly in the sheer breathless drive of the finale
The Strad, 2009
It was hard not to fall in love with the Szymanowski Quartet
New York Times
elegance and wit in all the right places