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Hugo Wolf Quartet

Within just a few years the Hugo Wolf Quartet turned from what used to be a hot insider\'s tip into one of the most popular international ensembles of the young generation. "New Stars On The Quartet Sky" a review after their debut-concert at the Vienna Musikverein was titled. That concert was part of "Rising Stars", an international concert-series organized by ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) which took the ensemble to a number of principal concert halls around the globe: Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Cologne, Megaron Athens, Cité de la Musique Paris, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Symphony Hall Birmingham, and the Carnegie Hall New York. Other venues of Hugo Wolf Quartet performances include the Edinburgh Festival, Schubertiade Feldkirch, Carinthischer Sommer, Mozarteum Salzburg, Munich\'s Herkules Saal, Suntory Hall Tokyo.

Being still students at the Vienna University of Music the four musicians set the basis for their international breakthrough by spending the two years following their foundation back in 1993 by joint studying with members of the Alban Berg-, Amadeus-, Juilliard- and Walter Levin (LaSalle-Quartet). In 1995 they won the "5th International Competition for String Quartets" in Cremona and gave their debut at Vienna Konzerthaus which met with enthusiastic response from the public and the press alike. Other awards followed, including the prize for the best string quartet at the "45th International G.B.Viotti Competition for Chamber Music", the "Special Award of the Vienna Philharmonic", the "Promotional Prize by the City of Salzburg", and finally the "European Chamber Music Prize" honouring "artistic talent and the salient ensemble performance". Today the Hugo Wolf Quartet consists of the founding members Jehi Bahk, Régis Bringolf (violins), Florian Berner (cello), and Wladimir Kossjanenko who joined the ensemble as viola player in 1998. The precious instruments - Jehi Bahk plays the J.B.Guadagnini violin "ex A.Busch" (1783), Régis Bringolf a violin by G.Cappa (1697), Wladimir Kossjanenko a viola by P.Mantegazza (1775), and Florian Berner a cello by N.Gagliano (1819) were procured for the quartet by the Fazenda Ipiranga, Guarnesia/Minas Gerais (Brazil).

In the year 2001 the Hugo Wolf Quartet will tour in Switzerland, in the UK (e.g. London Wigmore Hall), and the first time in South America. Other performances will be among others in Barcelona, Bolzano, Schwetzingen Festival, New York, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Vienna Musikverein.





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