Auner Quartett

Ensemble
biography

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 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 Reichenau” 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.

 

In 2015 the Auner Quartet founded a new chamber music cycle in the Bank Austria Salon at the Barocksaal of 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 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, eg. in the UK, Italy, Brazil, Hungary, Belarusia, Colombia, etc.  In a very short time the Ensemble set a strong foot into the international music world and performed already at various international music festivals like f.ex. the Istanbul Music Festival, Allegro Vivo, Schlosskonzerte Walpersdorf (with a live broadcast on ORF Radio Ö1), Sommerkonzerte Wienerwald, Schubertiade Atzenbrugg, the "Mittagskonzerte" at the Viennese MuTh (Musik und Theater Concert Hall), the Vienna Concert Series in London etc.

 

The live-album “Mozart and Mendelssohn”, recorded  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...”
A second live Album with the Quarteto No. 5 "Quarteto Popular" from Heitor Villa Lobos and Franz Schuberts "Death and the Maiden" is available online on this website as well as on Spotify, itunes, etc.

A new CD with Simon Reitmaier on the Clarinet featuring Clarinet Quintets by W.A. Mozart, M. Reger and E.L. Leitner was recorded in December 2016 at the Mozarteum Salzburg and will be released on the Gramola Vienna Label in September 2017.

The Auner Quartet is being supported by Thomastik Infeld Vienna.


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NameAuner Quartett Founded2011
Home LocationVienna, Austria
Main languageGerman Additional languages Polish,  Russian,  Belarusian,  Portuguese,  Spanish; Castilian,  French 
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