Gringolts Quartet

contact

Xenia Groh-Hu

xh(at)karstenwitt.com

+49 30 214 594-224

General Management

CR Tomasz Trzebiatowski

Dates

01.08. 18:30
Église de Verbier station

Gringolts Quartet
Ilya Gringolts, violin

12.08. 11:00
Queens Hall, Edinburgh

Joseph Haydn,  String Quartet Op. 50,6 in D major
Jörg Widmann,  Quartet no.3, Huntquartet
Johannes Brahms,  String Quartet No. 3 B flat major op. 67

Gringolts Quartet
Ilya Gringolts, violin

17.08. 18:30
Crear Scotland

Joseph Haydn,  String Quartet Op. 50,6 in D major
Robert Schumann,  Sechs Gesänge op. 107, arranged by Aribert Reimann for Soprano and String Quartet
Johannes Brahms,  String Quartet No. 3 B flat major op. 67

Gringolts Quartet
Ilya Gringolts, violin
Malin Hartelius, soprano

09.09. 19:00
Casino de Montbenon, Lausanne

Alexander Glasunow,  String Quintet in A major, Op.39
Franz Schubert,  String Quintet in C major D 956

Gringolts Quartet
Ilya Gringolts, violin
Boris Andrianov, violoncello

24.09. 19:00
Mercatorhalle Duisburg im CityPalais

Ludwig van Beethoven,  String quartet No. 6 in B flat major op. 18 No. 6
Lotta Wennäkoski,  Culla d'aria
Ludwig van Beethoven,  String quartet No. 8 in e minor op. 59 no. 2

Gringolts Quartet
Ilya Gringolts, violin

biography

Ilya Gringolts, violin
Anahit Kurtikyan, violin
Silvia Simionescu, viola
Claudius Herrmann, cello

A captivating listening experience and a first class performance thanks to the Gringolts Quartet’s playing and Christian Poltéra as second cello: a full and at the same time deeply focused sound allows the listener to experience the pieces as if from the heart of the action – one feels completely cocooned in this strangely unfamiliar yet hugely appealing music.  RONDO MAGAZIN, Michael Wersin, 06/02/2016

The Zurich-based Gringolts Quartet was founded in 2008, born from mutual friendships and chamber music partnerships that cross four countries: over the years, the Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts, the Romanian violist Silvia Simionescu and the Armenian violinist Anahit Kurtikyan frequently performed together in various chamber formations at distinguished festivals; the German cellist Claudius Herrmann played with Anahit Kurtikyan in the renowned Amati Quartet. What unites the four musicians is the immense joy they get from performing together and their passion for the high demands presented by the string quartet repertoire.

They have already had the opportunity to collaborate with eminent artists such as Leon Fleischer, Jörg Widmann, David Geringas, Malin Hartelius, Christian Poltéra and Eduard Brunner. Aside from the classical repertoire for string quartet, they are also dedicated performers of contemporary music, including string quartets by Marc-André Dalbavie, Jörg Widmann and Jens Joneleit.

Highlights from the past seasons include performances at the Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, St Petersburg Philharmonia, L'Auditori Barcelona, Sociedad Filarmónica de Bilbao, Società di Concerti in Milan and the Kasseler Musiktage. In the current season the Gringolts Quartet will make its debuts at Wigmore Hall, Louisiana Museum Copenhagen, Lugano Musica and Stockholm Konserthuset. Concert tours will take them to Italy, Germany and Switzerland.

The Gringolts Quartet’s debut recording with works by Robert Schumann was released in 2011. Together with David Geringas the Gringolts Quartet participated in the world premiere recording of Walter Braunfels’ quintet in 2012, which was awarded a "Supersonic Award," as well as an ECHO Klassik award. In 2014 they garnered attention with their Brahms CD (“The interpretational concept reveals new ways of understanding the work.” Pizzicato.lu), while their latest CD with quintets by Glazunov and Taneyev with Christian Poltéra was released in Spring 2016 and awarded the Diapason d’Or.

The members of the Gringolts Quartet all play on rare Italian instruments. Ilya Gringolts plays a Giuseppe Guarneri "del Gesù" violin, Cremona 1742-43, on loan from a private collection. Anahit Kurtikyan plays a Camillo Camilli violin, Mantua 1733. Silvia Simionescu plays a Jacobus Januarius viola, Cremona 1660. Claudius Herrmann plays a Maggini cello, Brescia 1600. Prince Golizyn who was a great admirer of Beethoven, gave the first performances of the composer’s last string quartets, which he commissioned, on this instrument.

This biography is to be reproduced without any changes, omissions or additions, unless expressly authorised by the artist management.

2016/17 season

Element downloaden
to Article zum Beitrag

Reviews

Ilya Gringolts's glowing tone and liquid grace score highly. Listen to the expressive but unaffected way he handles the little cadenza at the end of Var 5. Gringolts is never more than first among equals, however, and the Quintet's sunset coda is lovingly handled, the individual strands of the texture beautifully caught in BIS's warm, transparent sound.
GRAMOPHONE, Richard Bratby, April 2016 – about the Taneyev-Glazunov CD

The Gringolts Quartet’s interpretation of Haydn was distinguished by an impressive technical superiority which never appeared to be insincere or superficial. It was as if the audience could observe every detail with a magnifying glass, and even the smallest and most subtle movement produced the maximum expressive effect.
BALLADE.NO, Emil Bernhardt, 01/04/2016

A captivating listening experience and a first-class performance: a full and at the same time deeply focused sound allows the listener to experience the pieces as if from the heart of the action.
RONDO MAGAZIN, Michael Wersin, 06/02/2016 – about the Taneyev-Glazunov CD

Listen to the Gringolts Quartet in the Op.51 No.2 and Op.67 Quartets and you may conclude that they’ve simply not been played right. There’s so much sensitive give and take between the four instruments here, so much intimacy and subtle variation of colour, that the feeling is these are Romantic chamber gems comparable with Schumann’s three Quartets. In the first movement of Op.67 the shifts in rhythmic patterns are handled with the kind of supple freedom even the most refined orchestral conductor could hardly match.
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE, Stephen Johnson, October 2014, on Brahms CD

Like opening the curtains on a sunny morning, this recording throws fresh light on the familiar features of Brahms’s beguiling chamber music. The glorious Piano Quintet in F minor, Op 34, bursts with confidence, the Gringolts and Peter Laul fully conscious of its soaring, symphonic ambition.
OBSERVER, Stephen Pritchard, 22/06/2014, on Brahms CD

Gringolts and his players bring a cool, steely and achingly intense beauty to their interpretation. […] These two fascinating works are well worth getting to know: one obscure from Braunfels and the other by Strauss in an unfamiliar guise. These are deeply felt and impeccably prepared performances rendered in excellent sound: cool, clear and well balanced.
MUSIC WEB INTERNATIONAL, Michael Cookson, 13/02/2013 on Braunfels/Strauss-CD

Led by the incisive Ilya Gringolts (…) the Gringolts Quartet puts Schumann’s mercurial yet troubled psyche under an intense spotlight. They use every means at their disposal to draw out more disturbing elements of the quartets: the beginning of no.1 emerges as sombre as medieval plainsong, silences are full of unspoken menace. (…) The more joyous moments are undimmed, with the Piano Quintet going great guns and Gringolts’s violin-playing dancing through enchantingly nuanced passagework in the finale of the Quartet no.2. (…) Original, personal and beautifully played, these performances prove that there are as many facets to Schumann’s quartets as there are ensembles to play them. A different and fascinating take.
CLASSICFM.COM, June 2012, on Schumann CD

Ilya Gringolts and his friends never let the tension drop. Amplified by the acoustics of the Lutheran Church of St. Petersburg, the sound of the ensemble, led by its fiery first violinist, cannot be beat. The transparent polyphony of the first Andante espressivo, along with the clarity of the accompanying voices and the sophisticated use of tone colours, stood in direct contrast to the biting but playful scherzo, and added to the performance’s poetic appeal.
DIAPASON, Jean Cabourg, January 2012 on Schumann CD

These artists are brilliant masters of their craft. The determined moaning of the viola or cello, flanked by gently restrained violins, was full of the protagonists’ intensity and subtle phrasing.
SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, Udo Watter, 14/01/2012

to Article zum Beitrag

repertoire

PROGRAM SUGGESTIONS
SCHÖNBERG String Quartet No.3, Op. 30
HAYDN String Quartet Op. 33/2 E-flat major
DVORAK String Quartet G major Op. 106
SCHUMANN String Quartet No.1, A minor
HAYDN String Quartet Op. 76/1 G- major
BARTÓK String Quartet No.5, Sz 102
Beethoven and Contemporary
BEETHOVEN String Quartet Op.135, F major
WENNÄKOSKI / or
DUTILLEUX Culla d’aria
…ainsi la nuit
BEETHOVEN String Quartet No.5, Sz 102
String Quintets with Christian Poltéra
TANEYEV String Quintet No.1, in G major, Op. 14
GLAZUNOV String Quintet in A major, Op. 39
With Malin Hartelius
RESPIGHI Il tramonto for mezzo soprano and string quartet
SCHUMANN 6 Songs Op. 107, transcription for soprano and string quartet by A. Reimann
to Article to Article zum Beitrag

Discography

CR_BIS

SCHÖNBERG - STRING QUARTETS NOS. 2 & 4

Gringolts Quartet, Malin Hartelius (soprano)
BIS Records, 2017, BIS-2267

Taneyev & Glazunov – String Quintets    Gringolts Quartet, Christian Poltéra (Cello II)

Taneyev & Glazunov – String Quintets

Gringolts Quartet, Christian Poltéra (cello II)
BIS Records AB, 2016, BIS-2177 | SACD

Brahms - Complete String Quartets; Piano Quintet

Brahms - Complete String Quartets; Piano Quintet

Gringolts Quartet
Orchid Classics, 2014, B00K1LJS74

Braunfels: String Quartet; Strauss: Metamorphosen

Braunfels: String Quartet; Strauss: Metamorphosen

David Geringas (cello), Gringolts Quartet
Edition Günter Hänssler, 2012, PH 12053

Schumann: String Quartets Nos. 1-3; Piano Quintet

Schumann: String Quartets Nos. 1-3; Piano Quintet

Gringolts Quartet, Peter Laul (piano)
Onyx, 2011, ONYX4081

to Article zum Beitrag