Live in Studio 4A
||The Germany-based Zehetmair Quartet is a part time ensemble that plays all its concerts from memory. Kicking off its seven-city North American tour, the Zehetmairs perform music of Robert Schumann and John Cage in Studio 4A.
The members of the Zehetmair Quartet are violinists Thomas Zehetmair and Matthias Metzger, violist Ruth Killius, and cellist Franšoise Groben.
Selected Program Audio Excerpts
The Zehetmair Quartet
was founded in 1997 by the distinguished violinist
Thomas Zehetmair and three of his longstanding chamber music partners, who
meet together to prepare programs for their annual concert tours. The
quartet's first appearances in March 1998 (Lisbon, Cologne, Leipzig,
Salzburg, and Munich) were widely acclaimed by both audiences and critics.
Meanwhile the Zehetmair Quartet has established itself one of the leading
string quartets in the world. In fall 2001 the quartet has been very
successful with its US debut. It will visit Japan for the first time in
spring 2002. The quartet's repertoire extends from the classical period to
the music of our time, and their first CD recording for ECM is of Hartmann's
First and Bartˇk's Fourth String Quartets. The next CD, which will be
released in spring 2002, is dedicated to the String Quartets by Schumann.
Thomas Zehetmair was born in Salzburg. He studied at the Mozarteum with his
father and later took master classes with Franz Samokyl, Max Rostal and
Nathan Milstein. Early debuts were the Salzburg Festival (1977) first
recording of Mozart Concertos (1998) and the Vienna Musikverein (1979). He is
now a regular guest of the world's finest orchestras, working with
distinguished conductors including Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Simon Rattle,
Christoph von Dohnanyi and Heinz Holliger. His chamber music partners have
included Alfred Brendel, Heinrich Schiff and Gidon Kremer, and he has
recorded for Teldec, Berlin-Classics, EMI and Phillips. He will take up his
first appointment as artistic director of the Northern Sinfonia in fall 2001.
Matthias Metzger studied with Ulf Hoelscher at the Musikhochschule in
Karlsruhe, taking part in the master classes of Reinhard Goebel, Robert
Soetens, Victor Pikaizen, Gerhard Schulz and Roman Nodel, and the
interpretation classes of Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He was appointed leader of
the Schlierbach Chamber Orchestra in 1987, and of the Heidelberg Symphony
Orchestra in 1993. Matthias Metzger performs regularly as soloist and in
chamber music, with partners including Christian Zacharias, Michael Ponti,
and Gerrit Zitterbart.
Ruth Killius studied with Ulrich Koch and Kim Kashkashian. From 1993-6 she
was principal viola player of the Camerata Bern. With the Ensemble
Contrechamps she has taken part in numerous first performances. Ruth Killius
performed as soloist of the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with the Boston
Symphony Orchestra, the Residentie Orkest in The Hague, the Basel Sinfonie
Orchester and on tour in South America and Russia with the Orchestra of the
18th Century. She regularly plays chamber music with the Ensemble Aventure,
Heinz Holliger and Thomas Demenga. Ruth Killius holds a professorship at the
Johannes Gutenberg Universitńt Mainz since 2001.
Mariedi Anders Artists Management, January 2003
Franšoise Groben studied with Boris Pergamenschikow at the Cologne
Musikhochschule and subsequently with William Pleeth, Daniel Shaffran, and
members of the Amadeus Quartet. In 1990 she won 2nd prize in the Tchaikovsky
Competition in Moscow, and was awarded special prizes by the Soviet Artists'
Federation and the Moscow Virtuosi. Since then she has received invitations
to major festivals and orchestras including the Bavarian Radio Symphony
Orchestra, the NHK Tokyo, Leningrad Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, and the
Russian State Orchestra, and made CD recordings for Cappriccio, EMI, and