Hugo Wolf Quartet
For 20 years, the Hugo Wolf Quartet has been a fixture on the international chamber music
scene and has fascinated audiences around the globe. Through training with the Alban Berg,
Smetana, Amadeus, and LaSalle quartets, as well as with pianist Ferenc Rados, the ensemble
laid the cornerstone for a highly successful career. Founded in Vienna in 1993, the Hugo
Wolf Quartet soon won such coveted awards as the Special Prize of the Vienna Philharmonic
Orchestra and the European Chamber Music Prize, followed by the International String
Quartet Competition in Cremona in 1995-the same year that the ensemble made its debut in
the Vienna Konzerthaus.
In 1998, Vienna's Musikverein and Konzerthaus elected the four members as Rising Stars.
Since then, the quartet has regularly performed in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, London's
Wigmore Hall, New York's Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and Berlin's Philharmonie, as
well as at the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, Colmar International Festival, La folle
journée de Nantes, and the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. For five years, the Hugo Wolf
Quartet has also performed its own concert series in the renowned Vienna Konzerthaus.
The quartet equally emphasizes the Classical/Romantic and contemporary repertoire. Choosing
Hugo Wolf as its namesake is telling in this regard, for Wolf was a composer on the cusp
between Romanticism and Modernism, with an inquisitive artistic mindset that remained open
to the past and future alike. Numerous compositions have been written for and premiered by
the Hugo Wolf Quartet, including Friedrich Cerha's String Quartet No. 4; Johannes Maria
Staud's Dichotomie; string quartets by Erich Urbanner, Dirk D'Ase, and Otto M.
Zykan; and a quartet and octet by jazz guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel.
Its recordings of string quartets by Beethoven (released by Gramola in 2001) and Franz
Schubert (released by VMS Records in 2009) each won Austrian radio station Ö1's Pasticcio
Prize. The quartet's close collaboration with legendary jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and
pianist John Taylor is documented on the recording Other People (2006, CAM
Jazz). Other offerings from the Hugo Wolf Quartet on the VMS label include a live
performance of Haydn string quartets at the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, the complete
works for string quartet by Hugo Wolf, a live recording of the Schubert D. 803 Octet, and
2013's Tristans langer Schatten.
In June 2013, Thomas Selditz, for many years a member of Streichtrio Berlin and a professor
at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, joined the Hugo Wolf Quartet as
its new violist. The quartet knows him well through earlier collaborations and is happy to
welcome him into the ensemble. At this time, the Hugo Wolf Quartet would also like to thank
Gertrud Weinmeister, who left the quartet for personal reasons, for her contribution to
many wonderful years of successful concerts.