CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS
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·· Lukas Hagen, Violin
·· Rainer Schmidt, Violin
·· Veronika Hagen, Viola
·· Clemens Hagen, Cello
SCHUBERT String Quartet in A Minor, "Rosamunde"
WEBERN Five Movements, Op. 5
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131
Event DurationThe printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
The Hagen Quartet’s unprecedented three-decade-plus career began in 1981. Its early years—marked by a series of prizes in chamber music competitions and an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon that would produce around 45 albums over the next 20 years—enabled the group to work its way through the vast repertoire for string quartet and develop its distinctive profile. Collaborations with artistic personalities such as György Kurtág and the late Nikolaus Harnoncourt are as important to the Hagen Quartet as its concert appearances with performers such as Maurizio Pollini, Mitsuko Uchida, Sabine Meyer, Krystian Zimerman, Heinrich Schiff, and Jörg Widmann.
In the 2018–2019 season, the Hagen Quartet’s performance schedule takes the musicians to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London, and venues in Brussels, Hamburg, Cologne, and Berlin, to name a few. The quartet is again a guest at the Salzburg Festival and the Schubertiade Hohenems. A tour in Asia includes concerts in Tokyo and Fukushima, as well as performances in China, Macau, and Taiwan. The quartet travels to the United States for concerts in New York, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia.
The Hagen Quartet’s recording of Mozart’s K. 387 and K. 458 string quartets was awarded the Diapason d’Or and the Choc de Classica (France), as well as the coveted German ECHO Klassik award for Best Chamber Music Recording of 17th-/18th-Century Music (2016). In 2011, the quartet won its first ECHO Klassik award (Ensemble of the Year); in 2012, it was named an honorary member of the Vienna Konzerthaus.
The Hagen Quartet’s concert repertoire and discography feature programs that embrace the entire history of the string quartet genre, from its pre-Haydn beginnings all the way to Kurtág. The Hagen Quartet also works closely with composers of its own generation, not only reviving existing works, but commissioning and premiering new pieces.
The Hagen Quartet performs on old Italian master instruments.