“There are musical encounters that you will not forget too soon.” Philharmonie Luxembourg
Felix Froschhammer, Violin
Rachel Späth, Violin
Markus Fleck, Viola
Andreas Fleck, Violoncello
Since its founding in 1996, Zurich’s casalQuartett has become one of the most internationally renowned quartets in Switzerland in more than 1,700 concerts all over the world. Its stylistic diversity and vital stage presence are exceptional features.
Trained by the Carmina Quartet in Zurich, the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne and Walter Levin in Basel, important artistic impulses came through the collaboration with Martha Argerich, Clemens Hagen, Patricia Kopatchinskaya, Sol Gabetta, Emma Kirkby, Benjamin Schmid, Maurice Steger, Christoph Prégardien, Fazil Say, Khatia Buniatishvili, Nuria Rial, Regula Mühlemann, Katja Riemann, Suzanne von Borsody and many others. In addition to maintaining the core repertoire, the cQ’s emotional proximity to the audience, the involvement of artistic partners from different areas and the conceptual design of the programs are the most important.
Members of the ensemble also implement this vision of innovative, lively and emotional concerting in their own festivals and concert series in Switzerland and Germany. The string quartet is one of the most versatile genres, making both stylistic excursions into 17th-century music, the world of tango nuevo, jazz and new compositions, as well as the extension of the tonal and content dimension by guest musicians, actors and through Dance and literature. From Stockhausen’s performative string quartet with four helicopters to music projects with young listeners, but also through the frequent moderation of traditional concerts, essential features of the cQ emerge, making the field of tension between tradition and innovation the mainspring of his work.
Through intense engagement with the ideal historical instrumentation of the Tyrolean violin maker Jacobus Stainer and the fascinating – often unknown – music of the 18th century, the cQ has not only earned an international fanbase, but also developed a unique quartet sound and style, the new Sheds light on the heyday of the string quartet between Scarlatti and Beethoven.
For 2020, the cQ created a four-part homage to Beethoven, “Beethoven’s World”, which in addition to his work also impressively portrays his contemporaries and musical influences.
ECHO KLASSIK 2017 (Weber Klarinettenquintett), 2015 („Genesis“ F.X.Richter) 2010 („Birth of String Quartet“)
PREIS der dt. SCHALLPLATTENKRITIK 2017 Auszeichnung (Weber), Nominierung 2017 („Russian Treasures“) & 2014 („Genesis“ F.X.Richter)
ICMA (International Classical Music Award) Nominierungen 2018 („Russian Treasures“), 2015 („Genesis F.X.Richter“) & 2011 („Birth of String Quartet“)
DIAPASON d’Or 2014 („Genesis“ F.X.Richter)
DIAPASON Decouverte 2012 („Birth of String Quartet“)
GRAMMY Nominierung 2014 („Genesis“ F.X.Richter)
Pizzicato Award 2019 (Paul Müller-Zürich), 2x 2017 („Russian Treasures“ & Weber), 2011 („Intenso“), 2009 (Mozart), 2006 („Tango Sensations“)