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Signum Quartet

Signum Quartet


String Quartet

Florian Donderer & Annette Walther, violins
Xandi van Dijk, viola
Thomas Schmitz, violoncello

The Signum Quartet has made its mark on the international quartet scene by virtue of its energetic and lively interpretations, and has established itself as one of today’s most exciting young ensembles. The quartet has enjoyed support from Bayer Kultur as part of its stART cultural programme and as ensemble of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme.

Intensive studies with the Alban Berg Quartet, Artemis Quartet and the Melos Quartet, as well as collaborations with György Kurtág, Walter Levin, Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher and Jörg Widmann have characterised the artistic development of the Signum Quartet, a laureate of numerous awards: the German Music Competition, Premio Paolo Borciani, ICMC Hamburg and the London International String Quartet Competition, where they won the Audience Prize.

Chamber music partners of the quartet include Jörg Widmann, Igor Levit, Leonard Elschenbroich, Adrian Brendel, Christian Ihle Hadland, Eckart Runge (Artemis Quartett), Nicolas Altstaedt, Mark Simpson and Carolin Widmann.

The quartet has performed throughout their native Germany including at the Berlin Philharmonie, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Philharmonie Essen and Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall London, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as well as venues across Finland, Norway, Switzerland and France. At the invitation of the Goethe Institute, the young ensemble embarked on extended tours to Asia, Africa, and Central and South America, and has appeared at music festivals including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Cheltenham Music Festival, Aldeburgh, BBC Proms, and Aix-en-Provence.

Recently, the quartet debuted at the Cité de la musique in Paris and performed at Wigmore Hall in London, at the Berlin Konzerthaus and the Philharmonie Luxembourg. Currently, Bruno Mantovani is writing a newly commissioned string quartet for the ensemble. Performances will take place in Vienna, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Luxembourg and Amsterdam.

Initiated by the Villa Musica foundation, the quartet was invited to record an album with the SWR radio station, presenting works by Schumann and Haydn, including the world première recording of Jörg Widmann’s 1st String Quartet. In 2009, the Signum Quartet began recording for Capriccio Vienna and their first release – a CD of quartets by Ludwig Thuille – was awarded the Supersonic in Luxemburg, which they followed in 2012 with a recording of movements by Schubert, Rihm, Wolf, Ives and Orff. Their second Capriccio recording, No.3, released in May 2013, presents quartets by Bartók, Schnittke and Berg, and was awarded the International Classical Music Award’s 2014 as ‘Best Chamber Music Recording’. Their albumsoundescapes, with works by Ravel, Debussy and Adès has been released in 2015 (Capriccio). A recording of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances featuring Nils Mönekemeyer followed in the same year (Sony) and their latest album, Alla czeca, (Suk, Schulhoff, Dvorak) was released in early 2016 to high praise.

The Signum Quartet has recently launched a project called #quartweetwhich invites composers of all ages and abilities to “tweet” them a short quartet of 140 notes or less on Twitter. Composers such as Bruno Mantovani, Sebastian Currier, Konstantia Gourzi, Steven Mackey and many more have already announced their participation.

Signum Quartet Nominated Twice for the OPUS Klassik Awards

The Signum Quartet has been nominated twice in the OPUS Klassik Awards for their recordings Schubert: Aus der Ferne and Widmann: Duets, Viola Concerto, Jagdquartett. The OPUS Klassik Awards are presented by Der Verein zur Förderung der Klassischen Musik to highlight the best of classical music in the past year. The winners will be announced on Septeber 2nd.

Source:https://blog.idagio.com/opus-klassik-2019-1827c3a5fb40#0c14

The Best Classical Releases of March 2018

“The drama of this quartet is more intimate than in Rosamunde, but sounds just as gripping in the hands of the Cologne-based Signum Quartet. The ensemble demonstrates even finer calibrations of its expressive range on settings of five Schubert lieder — including the heart-rending “Die Götter Griechenlands” and the eponymous “Aus der Ferne” — arranged by its violist, Xandi van Dijk”

– Zev Kane, WQXRRelated Link

Review: Signum Quartet, Chichester Chamber Concerts

“The Signum Quartet played both works superbly, drawing every nuance out of the music with great finesse and boldness”

– Phil Hewitt, Worthing HeraldRelated Link

Signum Quartett – Schubert – Aus der Ferne

The program makes audible the close connection between Schubert’s quartet and song compositions, which connection stems on the one hand from the fact that both kinds of compositions were performed in the same circles of friends and admirers of the too early diseased composer, and on the other hand arose from Schubert’s strong inclination for a secondary exploitation of songs in favor of instrumental compositions. To reuse melodies in his instrumental compositions secondarily.

– , HighResAudioRelated Link

 

Quartet Movements – Capriccio | Released 01/11/2011


 

No. 3 – Capriccio | Released 01/11/2013


 

Soundescapes – Capriccio | Released 01/11/2015


 

Alla Czeca – Capriccio | Released 12/01/2015


 

Aus Der Ferne – Pentatone | Released 03/01/2018


19-20 Season Sample Programs

  • Program 1: ‘Aus der Ferne’ (From Afar)
    Franz Schubert: Quartettsatz in C-moll, D 703
    Thomas Adès: Arcadiana for string quartet op. 12
    Franz Schubert: Song adaptations for string quartet (arr.: Xandi van Dijk)
    Lied aus der Ferne, Lachen und Weinen, Die Götter, Griechenlands, Du bist die Ruh
    -Intermission-
    Franz Schubert: String Quartet D 810 “Death and the Maiden” or
    Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor “Rosamunde”

    Program 2: ‘Ohne Worte’ (Without Words)
    Franz Schubert: The Gods of Greece (arr.: Xandi van Dijk)
    Franz Schubert: 2nd movement, Andante from String Quartet D 810 “Death and the Maiden”
    Leos Janácek: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
    Franz Schubert: Du bist die Ruh (arr.: Xandi van Dijk)
    -Intermission-
    Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A minor D 804 “Rosamunde”

    Program 3: ‘Lachen und Weinen’ (Laugh and Cry)
    Franz Schubert: Quartettsatz in C-moll, D 703
    Franz Schubert: Song adaptations for string quartet (arr.: Xandi van Dijk)
    Leos Janácek: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
    -Intermission-
    Robert Schumann: String Quartet in F major op. 41 no. 2

20-21 Season Sample Programs

  • Program 1: Glimmers of eternity
    Haydn: String Quartet op. 20 No. 3 g minor
    #quartweets: An interactive showcase (10 Min.)*
    Priaulx Rainier: Quartet for strings (1939)
    -Intermission-
    Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 G-Dur D 887
    /OR/ Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 d minor D 810 “Death and the Maiden”
    *The #quartweet includes quartweets by composers such as Brett Dean, Caroline Shaw, Sebastian Currier, Kevin Volans, Bruno Mantovani, as well as by a range of composers from as young as 9 years old.

    Program 2: Tolstoy‘s Waltz
    Schulhoff: 5 Pieces for string quartet
    Matthijs van Dijk: (rage) rage against the (2018)
    Tolstoy: Walz (arr. Xandi van Dijk)
    Janáček: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
    -Intermission-
    Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 G-Dur D 887

19-20 Season Sample Programs

  • Program 1: ‘Aus der Ferne’ (From Afar)
    Franz Schubert: Quartettsatz in C-moll, D 703
    Thomas Adès: Arcadiana for string quartet op. 12
    Franz Schubert: Song adaptations for string quartet (arr.: Xandi van Dijk)
    Lied aus der Ferne, Lachen und Weinen, Die Götter, Griechenlands, Du bist die Ruh
    -Intermission-
    Franz Schubert: String Quartet D 810 “Death and the Maiden” or
    Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor “Rosamunde”

    Program 2: ‘Ohne Worte’ (Without Words)
    Franz Schubert: The Gods of Greece (arr.: Xandi van Dijk)
    Franz Schubert: 2nd movement, Andante from String Quartet D 810 “Death and the Maiden”
    Leos Janácek: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
    Franz Schubert: Du bist die Ruh (arr.: Xandi van Dijk)
    -Intermission-
    Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A minor D 804 “Rosamunde”

    Program 3: ‘Lachen und Weinen’ (Laugh and Cry)
    Franz Schubert: Quartettsatz in C-moll, D 703
    Franz Schubert: Song adaptations for string quartet (arr.: Xandi van Dijk)
    Leos Janácek: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
    -Intermission-
    Robert Schumann: String Quartet in F major op. 41 no. 2

20-21 Season Sample Programs

  • Program 1: Glimmers of eternity
    Haydn: String Quartet op. 20 No. 3 g minor
    #quartweets: An interactive showcase (10 Min.)*
    Priaulx Rainier: Quartet for strings (1939)
    -Intermission-
    Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 G-Dur D 887
    /OR/ Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 d minor D 810 “Death and the Maiden”
    *The #quartweet includes quartweets by composers such as Brett Dean, Caroline Shaw, Sebastian Currier, Kevin Volans, Bruno Mantovani, as well as by a range of composers from as young as 9 years old.

    Program 2: Tolstoy‘s Waltz
    Schulhoff: 5 Pieces for string quartet
    Matthijs van Dijk: (rage) rage against the (2018)
    Tolstoy: Walz (arr. Xandi van Dijk)
    Janáček: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
    -Intermission-
    Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 G-Dur D 887

Audio

Mozart: String Quartet No. 6 in B-flat Major – III. Rondo Allegro Grazioso

Debussy: String Quartet in G Minor – I. Animé et Très Décidé

Schnittke: String Quartet No. 3 – I. Andante

Video

Documents

Short Biography

“A refined fire, glowing, perfectly formed.” – DER SPIEGEL

Florian Donderer, violin
Annette Walther, violin
Xandi van Dijk, viola
Thomas Schmitz, violoncello

Energetic and lively, the Signum Quartet has made its mark on the international quartet scene and has been called “an exhilarating cocktail” (der Spiegel). It has enjoyed support from Bayer Kultur as part of its stART cultural programme and as ensemble of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme. The quartet has performed throughout their native Germany, at Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall London, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as well as venues across Finland, Norway, Switzerland and France. It has toured extensivly in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America, and has appeared at numerous iternational festivals. The Signum Quartet has been lauded at the German Music Competition, Premio Paolo Borciani, ICMC Hamburg and the London International String Quartet Competition.

Full Biography

Florian Donderer & Annette Walther, violins
Xandi van Dijk, viola
Thomas Schmitz, violoncello

The Signum Quartet has made its mark on the international quartet scene by virtue of its energetic and lively interpretations, and has established itself as one of today’s most exciting young ensembles. The quartet has enjoyed support from Bayer Kultur as part of its stART cultural programme and as ensemble of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme.

Intensive studies with the Alban Berg Quartet, Artemis Quartet and the Melos Quartet, as well as collaborations with György Kurtág, Walter Levin, Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher and Jörg Widmann have characterised the artistic development of the Signum Quartet, a laureate of numerous awards: the German Music Competition, Premio Paolo Borciani, ICMC Hamburg and the London International String Quartet Competition, where they won the Audience Prize.

Chamber music partners of the quartet include Jörg Widmann, Igor Levit, Leonard Elschenbroich, Adrian Brendel, Christian Ihle Hadland, Eckart Runge (Artemis Quartett), Nicolas Altstaedt, Mark Simpson and Carolin Widmann.

The quartet has performed throughout their native Germany including at the Berlin Philharmonie, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Philharmonie Essen and Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall London, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as well as venues across Finland, Norway, Switzerland and France. At the invitation of the Goethe Institute, the young ensemble embarked on extended tours to Asia, Africa, and Central and South America, and has appeared at music festivals including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Cheltenham Music Festival, Aldeburgh, BBC Proms, and Aix-en-Provence.

Recently, the quartet debuted at the Cité de la musique in Paris and performed at Wigmore Hall in London, at the Berlin Konzerthaus and the Philharmonie Luxembourg. Currently, Bruno Mantovani is writing a newly commissioned string quartet for the ensemble. Performances will take place in Vienna, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Luxembourg and Amsterdam.

Initiated by the Villa Musica foundation, the quartet was invited to record an album with the SWR radio station, presenting works by Schumann and Haydn, including the world première recording of Jörg Widmann’s 1st String Quartet. In 2009, the Signum Quartet began recording for Capriccio Vienna and their first release – a CD of quartets by Ludwig Thuille – was awarded the Supersonic in Luxemburg, which they followed in 2012 with a recording of movements by Schubert, Rihm, Wolf, Ives and Orff. Their second Capriccio recording, No.3, released in May 2013, presents quartets by Bartók, Schnittke and Berg, and was awarded the International Classical Music Award’s 2014 as ‘Best Chamber Music Recording’. Their albumsoundescapes, with works by Ravel, Debussy and Adès has been released in 2015 (Capriccio). A recording of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances featuring Nils Mönekemeyer followed in the same year (Sony) and their latest album, Alla czeca, (Suk, Schulhoff, Dvorak) was released in early 2016 to high praise.

The Signum Quartet has recently launched a project called #quartweetwhich invites composers of all ages and abilities to “tweet” them a short quartet of 140 notes or less on Twitter. Composers such as Bruno Mantovani, Sebastian Currier, Konstantia Gourzi, Steven Mackey and many more have already announced their participation.