Auner Quartet
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Daniel Auner, Violin
Barbara de Menezes Galante Auner, Violin
Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg, Viola
Konstantin Zelenin, Violoncello

Winner of the Eugéne Ysaÿe Competition in Liége, Belgium, and currently featuring the words "Auner Quartett - The award winning string quartet: a perfect musical match" as the first Austrian ensemble on the cover of the Performing Arts Yearbook of Europe, the Vienna-based string quartet has now firmly established itself on the international music scene.

A commission of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs appointed the ensemble as cultural ambassadors of Austria in the NASOM series - an inclusion in an international network of cultural forums and embassies in which the quartet now performs regularly.

Praised for its "stylistic assurance and readiness for emotion ... for all four, chamber music is the essence of the musical per se ..." (Radio Ö1, "Intrada"), the ensemble today demonstrates to its listeners "refinement, quality and musical sophistication" through all musical eras. Inspired by the old Viennese tradition of salon concerts, the ensemble has been performing its own string quartet cycle in Vienna for the past eight years, where it regularly presents and also explains a varied repertoire in partnership with "Radio Klassik" in venues including the Brahms Hall of the Vienna Musikverein, the Schubert Hall of the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Arnold Schönberg Center, the Baroque Hall of the Vienna City Hall and the Ehrbar Hall. Since the 2021/22 season, the cycle takes place in the chapel of the Vienna Hofburg.

As enthusiastic chamber musicians, the artists strive not only to explore the immense string quartet repertoire for neglected gems, but also to convey an absolutely necessary rhetorical sound language, especially in the music of the Viennese Classical period. Having studied chamber music with Prof. Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartet) at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, his former students Barbara, Daniel, Nora and Konstantin have gone through a common education as individual musicians, focusing on the Viennese sound as well as a cultivated interpretation of works from the "Viennese Classical period". The rich musical heritage of their respective homelands as well as their emotional approach to music thus flow into a musical melting pot; but by all the rules of the art. Impulses from master classes with Hatto Beyerle and Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet), Petr Prause (Talich Quartet), Alasdair Tait (Belcea Quartet), Patrick Jüdt, Geoffrey Nuttall and Lesley Robertson (St. Lawrence String Quartet, USA), among others, round off their joint training. The quartet is an ensemble of the ECMA, European Chamber Music Academy.

The Auner Quartet, consisting of violinists Daniel and Barbara Auner, violist Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg and cellist Konstantin Zelenin, performs regularly at a variety of festivals and concert halls, and has recently appeared at the Chamber Music Hall of the Graz Congress (Ö1 Musiksalon), the Festival Allegro Vivo, the Pölzhalle Amstetten (AT); the Richard Strauss Festival Garmisch Partenkirchen, the Moers Festival and the ÖKF Berlin (DE); the Schubertiade Sion (Switzerland); the Ravenna Festival, the Festival Interationale di Quartetto di Fiesole, the Hofburg Brixen Bressanone (Italy); the Fundação Oscar Americano, USP, the Teatro Claudio Santoro (Brazil); the Fadjr Festival (Iran); the Yarmouk Cultural Centre (Kuwait); the Polotsk Easter Festival (Belarus), the Salonkonzerte Bratislava (SK); the Cartagena Music Festival (Colombia) and many others.

The quartet has been repeatedly seen and heard live on TV (ORF, GLOBO, RTV) and radio productions (ORF Ö1 and Radio Klassik - Austria, TRT - Turkey, Radio Cultura - Brazil).
As strong advocates of music education projects and youth workshops of a musically educational nature, the Auner Quartet is constantly seeking opportunities to connect with the next generations. As a member of the "Rhapsody in School" program, the ensemble plays in schools to facilitate what is often the first exposure to classical music for young audiences in a completely non-judgmental way. Social projects, often in cooperation with the Austrian Foreign Ministry, such as workshops for youth orchestras or concerts in support of social projects have already taken the musicians to Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Belize and South Africa.

The album with clarinet quintets by Mozart, Reger and Leitner with the Tyrolean clarinetist Simon Reitmeier was highly praised by the specialist press and was released in February 2018 by "Gramola". A portrait CD of the chamber music works of Austrian composer Johanna Doderer was released on "Capriccio" in 2019, and the new recording of the string quartets of Egon Wellesz, Alexander von Zemlinsky and Anton von Webern, commissioned by the Austrian National Bank, was released in spring 2021.

The Auner Quartet is supported in Vienna by the string manufactory Thomastik Infeld. The primarius of the ensemble, Daniel Auner plays on a loan from the collection of valuable string instruments of the Austrian National Bank; a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (1751-1753).

2021/2022
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