Since its foundation in 2013, the Viennese “Auner Quartett” features four young artists, who met studying and playing chamber music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. The two violinists Barbara Galante and Daniel Auner founded the Duo Mozartiano” in 2011; as a violin duo presenting a combination only rarely heard in today’s concert halls. The duo was subsequently joined by Natalia Binkowska (viola) and Konstantin Zelenin (cello), who greatly expanded the ensemble’s range of sound possibilities.
The artists of today’s Auner-Quartett had known and played with one another well before its creation. Their artistic paths had crossed in several ensembles including the “Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic”, the “Sommerkonzerte Wienerwald” (founded by member Daniel Auner) and as well as in other formations on such renown stages as Vienna’s Konzerthaus and the Musikverein. As the chamber music studies with Prof. Johannes Meissl at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna focus strongly on the development of the “Wiener Klang”, the famous Viennese Sound, as well as a sophisticated interpretation of works from the Viennese classical period, Barbara, Natalia, Konstantin and Daniel went as individual musicians through one common school. Born in Austria, Brazil, Poland and Belarus but sharing the same educational background in music the artists endeavor to use their different cultural heritage and consider it as their vocation to convey music as a spontaneous and original experience.
Barbara was born in Brazil and moved to Austria in 2009. Working constantly as concertmaster of the Salzburg Philharmonic Orchestra and a member of the Salzburg Chamber Soloists she is doing her Masters at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Prof. Edward Zienkowsky since 2012. In 2014 she won the biggest award given to classical musicians in Brazil, the “Premio Eleazar de Carvalho” for her interpretation of the Violin concerto No.5 in A Major by W.A. Mozart and is regularly performing as a Soloist in Brazil.
Natalia Binkowska was born in Warsaw and appears as a soloist and chamber-musician since a very young age. She moved to Vienna in 2009 and worked with the Alliance Quartet, the Avantis Quartet and the Camerata Polonia. She is being invited regularly to work in Symphony Orchestras like the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Breslau Philharmonic, the Baden Theatre and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra; where she was contracted for the whole autumn and winter 2015.
Konstantin was born in Minsk and moved to Vienna 2008. Next to his studies at the Vienna Music University he was already performing regularly as a soloist with Belarussian Orchestras like the Belarussian National Symphony Orchestra, the National Chamber Orchestra and the Radio Symphony Orchestra and internationally with f.ex. the Riga Philharmonic Orchestra. His concerts are regularly broadcasted by TV and Radio Stations.
The Primarius of the Quartet, the Viennese Violinist Daniel Auner, studied at the University of Music in Vienna with Prof. Christian Altenburger, the Mozarteum Salzburg with Prof. Igor Ozim and will continue his studies with Prof. Boris Kuschnir at the Graz University. He won the “Klassik Preis Österreich” for his interpretation of the Alban Berg Violin Concerto with the Tonkünstler Orchestra and recorded several CDs for the Gramola Vienna Label. His most recent album, Dialogue with Mozart, got awarded “CD of the Month” in the STRAD Magazine 2014.
In 2015 the Auner Quartet founded a chamber music cycle in Vienna’s Old City Hall. They are being supported by “Radio Klassik Stephansdom”, “Bank Austria”, “Die Presse”, “Wittner” and “Thomastik Infeld” to present themselves each month at this beautiful baroque hall in the center of Vienna. Next to this cycle the Auner Quartet is being regularly invited by the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs to perform in cultural forums and embassies worldwide and will perform in 2016 at festivals in Turkey, Italy, Brazil, Hungary, Mexico, USA, Belgium and Austria.
The live-album “Mozart and Mendelssohn”, live from the Swiss “Moz-Art” festival Bad Ragaz had been presented on all Austrian classical radio stations, including “Radio Klassik Stephansdom” and “ORF Ö1”, where it had been introduced with the words : ”...and with Mendelssohns a-minor quartet they show stylistic maturity and anticipate emotions....For all four of them chamber music is the essence of music per se...”