Recognized as one of the world's great ensembles, the Takács Quartet plays with a unique
blend of drama, warmth, and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring
fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire.
In 2012, the Takács Quartet was the sole string quartet to be inducted into
Gramophone's first Hall of Fame. Winner of the 2011 Royal Philharmonic Society
Award in the Best Chamber Music and Song category, the ensemble is based in Boulder at the
University of Colorado. The quartet performs 90 concerts a year throughout Europe,
Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea.
The quartet's award-winning recordings include the complete Beethoven cycle on the Decca
label. In 2006, the Takács Quartet made its first recording for Hyperion Records of
Schubert's D. 804 and D. 810. A disc that featured Brahms's piano quintet with Stephen
Hough was released to great acclaim in November 2007 and was subsequently nominated for a
Grammy Award. Recordings of Brahms's Op. 51 and Op. 67 quartets, Schumann's Piano Quintet
with Marc-André Hamelin, the complete Haydn "Apponyi" quartets, and Schubert's D. 956
Quintet with cellist Ralph Kirshbaum have all been subsequently released. Future recordings
include a disc of the three Britten quartets and another of the two Brahms viola quintets
with Lawrence Power.
The Takács Quartet is known for its innovative programming. In 2007, it performed
Everyman with Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour
Hoffman at Carnegie Hall, inspired by the Philip Roth novel. The group collaborates
regularly with the Hungarian folk ensemble Muzsikás, performing a program that explores the
folk sources of Bartók's music. The quartet also performed a music and poetry program on a
14-city city tour of the US with poet Robert Pinsky.
The Takács Quartet was founded in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and made its
North American debut tour in 1982. In 2001, it was awarded the Order of Merit of the
Knight's Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary; in March 2011, each member of the
quartet was awarded the Commander's Cross Order of Merit by the president of the Republic