Auner Quartett


Praised for their "stylistic confidence and willingness to impress with emotions - for all four of them chamber music seems to be the essence of music itself"; (Austrian National Radio ORF Ö1, "Intrada") the Viennese Auner Quartett is rapidly making itself known in the chamber music world. Formed out of the Violin Duo "Mozartiano" in the spring of 2013, the Auner Quartett brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire. The group holds a special residence in Vienna, performing monthly in the baroque hall of the former Vienna City Hall, today known as "Bank Austria Kultursalon".  As passionate chamber musicians, independent from any contracts with orchestras, the quartet strives to not only explore the extensive quartet repertoire, but also to present their unique voice within the music. As the chamber music studies with Prof. Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartett) at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna focus strongly on the mastery of the “Wiener Klang” (the famous Viennese Sound), as well as a sophisticated interpretation of works from the Viennese "Classical" period; his students Barbara, Nikita Konstantin and Daniel went as individual musicians through one concerted training. Bringing their musical patrimony and individual emotional approach from Austria, Brazil and Belarus into this musical melting pot (a.k.a. string quartet) but sharing the same educational background, the artists endeavor to use their different cultural heritage and consider it as their vocation to convey music as a spontaneous and original experience. Additional artistic impulses from e.g. Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartett) and Petr Prause (Talich Quartet) during coaching sessions at the European Chamber Music Academy, Alasdair Tait (Belcea Quartet), Geoffrey Nuttall and Lesley Robertson (St. Lawrence String Quartet, USA) complete their qualification.

The Auner Quartett, compromised of violinists Daniel and Barbara Auner, violist Nikita Gerkusov, and cellist Konstantin Zelenin, has performed recitals in various venues such as; Schubertiade Schloss Atzenbrugg, Schlosskonzerte Walpersdorf, Festival Allegro Vivo, the MuTh, the Albertina, the Schlosskonzerte Maria Enzersdorf, the Sommerkonzerte Wienerwald (Austria); the MozArt Festival (Switzerland); University of Udine (Italy); Bing Concert Hall (Stanford, USA); Theatro Nacional and the Fundação Eva Klabin (Brasilia | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil); the Vienna Concert Series (London, UK); the "Salonkonzerte" (Budapest, Hungary); the International Chamber Music Festival (Polotsk, Belarus); the Istanbul Music Festival (Turkey); the Gauteng Chamber Music Festival (Pretoria, South Africa) and many others. In addition, the group has collaborated with symphony orchestras for String Quartet Concertos by e.g. Louis Spohr and has been featured repeatedly live on TV (ORF, GLOBO) and Radio Stations (ORF Ö1 and Radio Klassik- Austria, TRT-Turkey, Radio Cultura-Brasil). The quartet sometimes expands its formation by sharing the stage with other musicians, amongst them the piano-duo Ferhan and Ferzan Önder, the pianists Christian Budu, Robin Green and Anna Magdalena Kokits, the clarinetist Simon Reitmaier, the cellists Thomas Auner and Rudolf Leopold and the baritone Thomas Weinhappel. The group is extremely proud to work closely and repeatedly with various contemporary composers. Being there, feeling the atmosphere when composers like Johanna Doderer, Ernst Ludwig Leitner or Serkan Gürkan are writing new pieces, music that will stay, is being considered as one of the main inspirations for the group.
As strong advocates for outreach events and educational workshops, the Auner Quartett is actively searching to engage various communities in diverse ways. Member of the "Rhapsody in School" program founded by German pianist Lars Vogt, the quartet holds workshops in schools, making the often first approach to classical music for listeners a single-entry. In a time of shrinking audiences, the group considers it a duty to personally address new listeners. Social work, often in collaboration with the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, included masterclasses and performances for numerous youth music programs in Peru, Brazil, Belize and South Africa. 

Their two live-albums, “Mozart and Mendelssohn” as well as "Schubert and Villa-Lobos" had been presented on all Austrian classical radio stations and are digitally on e.g. "idagio" - the new classical music streaming platform from Berlin. The CD with Simon Reitmaier on the Clarinet - featuring Clarinet Quintets by Mozart, Reger and Leitner has been highly appraised by its critics and has been released on the "Gramola" Label in February 2018. A portrait of the chamber music works by Johanna Doderer will be released on the "Capriccio" Label in spring 2018.

The Auner Quartett is a partner of the Viennese string manufacturer Thomastik Infeld, working closely on improvements of their outstanding products; the first violinist Daniel plays on an instrument by Giovanni Battista Guadanini - a generous loan from the Austrian National Bank.

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NameAuner Quartett Founded2013
Home LocationVienna, Austria
Main languageGerman Additional languages Russian,  Belarusian,  Portuguese,  Spanish; Castilian,  French 
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