The Minguet Quartet, founded in 1988, is one of the most internationally sought-after string quartets today and gives guest performances in all the great concert halls of the world. The passionate and intelligent interpretations of the Minguet Quartet always ensure inspiring listening experiences – “for the joy in sound and expression with which the ensemble makes the works speak enlivens even the smallest detail”. (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)
The namesake of the Quartet is Pablo Minguet, a Spanish philosopher of the 18th century who attempted, in his writings, to facilitate access to the fine arts for all sectors of the population – and this idea is a chief artistic concern of the Minguet Quartet particularly while touring for concerts around the whole world.
In 2018/19 the Minguet Quartet will be guest at Beethovenfest Bonn, Mozartfest Würzburg, Badenweiler Musiktage, Pour l’Art&Le Lutrin Lausanne, Kammermusikwoche Schloss Elmau, Fundacion Beethoven Santiago de Chile, SouthBank Center London, Lincoln Center New York and with a double performance at Konzerthaus Vienna. 2017/18 season included concerts at well-known festivals such as Schwetzinger Festspiele, Europäische Wochen Passau, Musica Strasbourg, EuroArt Prag, Melos-Ethos Bratislava, Mosel Musikfestival, and at renowned concert halls such as Library of Congress Washington DC, BOZAR MUSIC Brüssel, Brucknerhaus Linz, Beethovenhaus Bonn, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg for the second time, followed by concerts in Austria, Great Britain and the United States. 2018 the Minguet Quartet was lecturer ensemble in residence at Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln.
Previous seasons took the Minguet Quartet to the Cologne and Berlin Philharmonie, Staatsoper Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, The University of Hong Kong, Mozartfest Würzburg, Festival d'Automne Paris, Tongyeong International Music Festival Korea and to further concert halls and festivals within Europe, Japan, Central and South America, Canada and the USA.
The ensemble concentrates on the Classical-Romantic literature and modern music in equal measure, and has proven its commitment to compositions of the 21st century through numerous premieres. Encounters with important composers of our time inspire the four musicians to create ever new ideas in programming. The first complete recordings of the string quartets of Wolfgang Rihm, Peter Ruzicka and Jörg Widmann are amongst their most important projects. Outstanding highlight of the last years was the performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Helicopter String Quartet as part of a conception by the conductor Kent Nagano.
Partners of Minguet Quartet include the sopranos Juliane Banse and Claron McFadden, baritone Thomas E. Bauer, the clarinetists Jörg Widmann and Thorsten Johanns, the pianists Andrea Lucchesini and Matthias Kirschnereit, the violist Gérard Caussé and the cellist Jens Peter Maintz. As solo quartet the Minguet Quartet played with the Radio Symphony Orchestras DSO, of SR, hr and WDR and with Brucknerorchester Linz under the conductors Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Markus Stenz and Peter Ruzicka.
With the complete CD recordings of the string quartet literature of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Josef Suk and Heinrich v. Herzogenberg (cpo), the ensemble proudly presents its great musical culture, opening up to the public the discovery of impressive music of the Romantic period. In the upcoming years the Minguet Quartet will record the complete work for chamber music by Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek, Heinrich Kaminski and Walter Braunfels as well as the unique string quartet by Glenn Gould.
In 2010 the Minguet Quartet was awarded the coveted ECHO Klassik followed by the Diapason d’Or 2015.