Maria Ehmer, violin
Anna Knopp, violin
Milan Milojicic, viola
Leonhard Roczek, cello
“The Minetti Quartet is a musical sensation from Austria,” wrote Der Tagesspiegel following the Minetti Quartet’s début in the Berlin Philharmonie in 2009. The quartet’s name is a reference to a play by the dramatist Thomas Bernhard, who lived for many years in Ohlsdorf, birthplace of the two violinists.
The Minetti Quartet has been a “rising star” of the ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) in the 2008/09 season. Since then it has played in, among other venues, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Konserthuset Stockholm, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Salzburg Mozarteum, and Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein. The Minetti Quartet is also a welcome guest at various leading chamber music festivals including the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Aldeburgh, Aix-en-Provence, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (north-east Germany) and Kuhmo (Finland). In addition to appearances in the big European cultural centres it has undertaken concert tours to North, Central and South America and to Australia, Japan and China.
Ever since 2003, the year of its foundation, the Minetti Quartet has won prizes at numerous competitions including first prize at the international Rimbotti String Quartet competition in Florence, the Haydn Prize at the International Haydn Competition in Vienna, the top award at the International Schubert Competition in Graz, and the Grosses Gradus ad Parnassum Prize.
The Minetti Quartet’s début CD appeared in 2009 with hänssler CLASSIC featuring works by Joseph Haydn. This was followed in 2012 by another CD, again with hänssler CLASSIC, this time featuring the early quartets of Mendelssohn; both CDs were highly praised by the critics. Its third album came out in 2013 on the Avi Music label and consisted of clarinet quintets with Matthias Schorn.
They have worked closely with the pianist Till Fellner and also with other musicians such as Thomas Riebl, Friedemann Weigle, Alois Posch, Martin Fröst, Paul Meyer and Fazil Say.
The most influential teachers and mentors of the quartet members were Johannes Meissl, Hatto Beyerle and the members of the Alban Berg Quartet, and they have received valuable artistic stimulus from the Artemis Quartet and members of the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA), the Amadeus Quartet, the Quatuor Mosaïques and the Hagen Quartet.
Since 2009 they have themselves taught regularly at the East Tyrol string courses. They have also been active as performers and tutors at the “Sonoro” chamber music festivals in Cuernavaca (Mexico), Kuhmo and Madrid.
The Minetti Quartet wishes to express its thanks to Thomastik-Infeld of Vienna for their support. The Austrian National Bank has kindly arranged the use of a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (“ex Meinel”, 1770–1775) and a cello by Giovanni Tononi (Bologna, 1681). Anna Knopp plays a violin by Laurenzius Storioni (Cremona, 1793), lent by private arrangement, and Milan Milojicic plays a viola by Bernd Hiller.
Represented by Marianne Schmocker Artists International, New York