In its playing the Stradivari Quartet seeks only optimal results. As such, it resembles its namesake in the field of instrument making. Stradivarius may even be said to provide the Quartet’s framework. Its leader plays the Stradivarius “Aurea” violin of 1715, while the violoncellist’s instrument, the “Suggia”, dates from 1717. The Quartet’s two other instruments are the “Ex-Wannamaker Hart” violin that was made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in 1767 and a viola from Hendrick Willems’s workshop dating from 1690.
Just as the sound of these Italian and Belgian instruments blends to perfection, so the playing of the four musicians from Switzerland, China and Poland creates a uniquely harmonious impression. Since it was formed in 2007, the Stradivari Quartet has built up an enviable international reputation for itself both through its concerts and with its trademark, StradivariFESTEN. Throughout all of this it has remained in close contact with its audiences, who often follow the players as a loyal and enthusiastic fan base, enjoying not only the concerts themselves but all the attendant action. The result is an enthusiasm for music and culture on the very highest level in Zurich, Hamburg, Cremona and many other places.
The Stradivari Quartet is undoubtedly one of the most interesting ensembles currently before the public. All four members are additionally engaged in other artistic activities. The Quartet gives around forty concerts a year in Switzerland and throughout the world and has appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo’s Kioi Hall, Shanghai’s Oriental Hall, Beijing’s National Center for Performing Arts and the Seoul Arts Center. The Stradivari Quartet has also been invited to appear at major festivals, including the Lucerne Festival, the Bad Kissingen Summer Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Rubinstein Piano Festival in Łódź, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Stradivari Festival in Cremona.
The Stradivari Quartet performs a wide range of music, while concentrating increasingly on major cycles of works by a single composer and generally spread out over an entire season. This special focus allows the players to achieve an exceptional intensity. During the 2017/18 season, for example, the Stradivari Quartet is exploring Schubert’s output in a series of seven concerts performed at various venues around Lake Zurich. In the course of these recitals different facets of the Viennese composer will be examined that go far beyond the medium of the string quartet. Here, too, it will not just be concerts that the players give but well-planned celebrations designed to bring together composer, musicians and audience and create a single entity – very much in the spirit of the Stradivari Quartet and its aim of coming as close as possible to the famously unattainable optimal best.