Signum Quartet Biography (BBC)
Kerstin Dill - violin
Annette Walther - violin
Xandi van Dijk - viola
Thomas Schmitz - violoncello
Thanks to its rousing and lively interpretations, the Signum Quartet has left its mark on the international quartet scene (Signum is Latin for mark, signal, miraculous works) and has established itself as one of the most interesting new ensembles. Founded in 1994, the ensemble has been playing with the current line-up since 2007. The quartet has enjoyed support from Bayer Kultur as part of its stART cultural programme and the BBC has also included the ensemble in its BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme.
Intensive studies with the Alban Berg Quartet, Artemis Quartet and the Melos Quartet as well as collaborations with György Kurtág, Walter Levin, Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher and Jörg Widmann have characterised the artistic development of the Signum Quartet, which has won numerous awards (German Music Competition, Premio Paolo Borciani, ICMC Hamburg, London International String Quartet Competition including the Audience Prize).
Concert performances have taken the Signum Quartet to a whole host of international venues, ranging from Madrid, Basel and Paris to Berlin and Amsterdam. The quartet has also performed at the Hamburg Laeiszhalle, the Liederhalle Stuttgart, the Philharmonie Essen and the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn as well as at the Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau and Aix-en-Provence music festivals. At the invitation of the Goethe Institute, the young ensemble also regularly embarks on extended concert tours, such as to Asia, Central and South America and Africa.
In the last season, the quartet gave numerous concerts in Germany and France (Marseille, Festival de Fayence and Luberon, Strasbourg, Menton) and Italy (Brixen), and a highly praised performance together with Leon Fleisher at the Aldeburgh Festival. Furthermore they gave a lecture-concert with Alfred Brendel in Marseille and their debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Upcoming concerts will take place at London (Wigmore Hall), Berlin (Philharmonie) and Vienna (Jeunesse Musicales).
Radio stations in Germany and abroad, the ARD public broadcasting TV channels in Germany, Deutschlandfunk, DRS, ORF and Arte regularly broadcast concerts given by the four musicians. Following an initiative by the Villa Musica foundation, the quartet was invited to record a CD with SWR radio a CD with works by Schumann and Haydn with the world première recording of Jörg Widmann’s 1st String Quartet. Since 2009, the Signum Quartett records for Capriccio Vienna. After a first CD with quartets by Ludwig Thuille which was awarded the supersonic in Luxemburg, a recording with mouvements by Schubert, Rihm, Wolf, Ives and Orff will be released in autumn 2011.
Signum Quartet Biography (Wikipedia)
The Signum Quartet is a string quartet based in Cologne, Germany. Founded in 1994, it has been playing in the current formation since 2016.
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