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The Chamber Music Society's 60th season

Anniversary Concert

Auryn strengjakvartett og Ásdís Valdimarsdóttir

The Chamber Music Society was founded in 1957 and celebrates its 60th anniversary this season with the performance of Mozart‘s six string quintets in two concerts this weekend. 

5th concert, Saturday 25. February 2017 at 5 PM
W.A. Mozart: String Quintets no. 1, 5 and 3

6th concert, Sunday 26. February 2017 at 5 PM
W.A. Mozart: String Quintets no. 4, 6 and 2

Auryn-quartett: Matthias Lingenfelder, violin; Jens Oppermann, violin; Stewart Eaton, viola;  Andreas Arndt, cello, with special guest Ásdís Valdimarsdóttir, viola.

Auryn Quartet

An outstanding career spanning three decades has made the Auryn Quartet one of the most sought-after and respected ensembles performing around the globe. The Quartet has not changed its personnel over this long period, and continues with its fresh and pioneering approach to all genres of music.

The Auryn’s main mentors were the Amadeus Quartet, and the Guarneri Quartet with which they studied between 1982 and ’87 in Cologne, Germany, and at the University of Maryland, USA. Claudio Abbado was also an important influence on the Quartet’s musical development, under whose baton they performed as string principles in the European Union Youth Orchestra.

The Quartet won its first prizes at the London International Competition and the ARD Munich competition, both in 1982, only one year after the group’s inception. The ensemble also won the main prize at the European Broadcasting Competition in Bratislava in 1989.

Invitations to most international music festivals followed in quick succession: Lockenhaus, Salzburger Festspiele, Edinburgh International Festival, Musiktage Mondsee, Schwetzinger Festspiele, and Stavangar festivals just to name a few. Recent tours have taken the Quartet from the Lincoln Center in New York, to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and also to the Wigmore Hall in London, where they performed a complete cycle of the Beethoven quartets.

The Auryn Quartet has had many fruitful musical partnerships over the years, with performers such as Menahem Pressler, Tabea Zimmerman, Alexander Lonquich, Sharon Kam, Nobuko Imai, Christian Poltéra, Peter Orth, Michael Tree, Martin Fröst, Liza Ferschtman, Cecile Licad, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Christine Schäfer, and many others. The Quartet now runs its own annual chamber music festival in the Venetian town of Este in Italy (Incontri Internazionali) and is Artistic Director of the Musiktage Mondsee in Austria.

The Auryns have a compelling discography, working exclusively with the Tacet company since 2000. The most recent and ambitious recording project is the edition of all 68 Haydn quartets, which was finished in September 2010.

Three complete concert-series of the Haydn quartets, each comprising 18 concerts, were performed by the Auryns in Detmold, in Cologne (West German Radio), and Padova, Italy, in commemoration of the Haydn bicentennial year 2009.

The four musicians of the Auryn Quartet play on wonderful Italian instruments: a Stradivari violin (1722, ex-Joachim), a Petrus Guarneri violin, a Brothers Amati viola (1616) and a Niccolo Amati cello. Since 2003 the Auryn Quartet has been sharing its wealth of experience with musicians of younger generations, in the form of a teaching position at the Music Academy in Detmold, Germany, where they are professors for chamber-music.

Ásdís Valdimarsdottir comes from Reykjavik, Iceland. She holds a Masters degree from the Juilliard School in New York and The Musikhochschule in Detmold, Germany, where her main teachers were Paul Doktor and Nobuko Imai. She has enjoyed a varied career as a chamber musician having been a founding member of the Miami String Quartet, principal viola of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and a frequent guest of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Ensemble Modern.

She joined the Chilingirian String Quartet in 1995 and was their violist until 2003. She has made solo appearances with the Iceland Symphony, The London Mozart Players, Het Brabants Orkest, The Russian National Orchestra and given many recitals. Since 2004 she has been based in Amsterdam; was a member of The Utrecht String Quartet for two years, and is now a member of the The Quimias Trio and the Erard Ensemble as well as the London based Endymion Chamber Ensemble.

Ásdís has been invited to many prestigious festivals around the world where she has performed and taught, such as the Marlboro Music Festival in the USA, Festival Inverno Campos de Jordao in Brazil, The Kuhmo Festival in Finland and the IMS at Prussia Cove in England. She is the viola professor at the International Masterclass in Apeldoorn since 2005 and has previously been on the faculty of The Trinity College of Music and the Royal College of Music in London and The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Since 2012 she is on the faculty of The Royal Conservatoire in The Hague for viola and chamber music.

Concert guests are asked to stay around after the concert on Sunday and raise a glass with the Chamber Music Society to celebrate the anniversary.