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Minetti Quartett

Friday January 28th, 2022 • 7pm

Community Church of Sebastopol
1000 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Program: Austrian Odyssey

November of 2019 marked the first appearance with Redwood Arts of this vibrant string quartet based in Vienna. They were not able to travel to the US in 2020 or 2021, nor were we able to offer live concerts.  So we are delighted to be able to host them January 28 at 7:00 pm at the Community Church of Sebastopol.  They will present a program of Haydn: String Quartet in F-Major op.77/2, Angela Tröndle: 1st string quartet “Gifts of the Night“
(dedicated to the Minetti Quartett, 2020), and
Schubert: String Quartet in a-minor “Rosamunde“.

Since being nominated for the “Rising Stars” award by the European Concert Hall Organization in 2008/09, the Minetti Quartett, comprising Austrian musicians, has performed in renowned venues in Vienna, Berlin, Cologne, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Stockholm, Brussels, London and other locations. Invitations to chamber music festivals have taken the quartet to North, Central and South America, Australia, Japan and China. Since 2009 Hänssler Classic has released four highly acclaimed CD recordings (Haydn, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Schubert) by the ensemble. For its fifteenth anniversary the Minetti Quartett was invited to start their own cycle of concerts at Vienna’s newest venue, the MuTh concert hall in the city’s Augarten.

The Minetti Quartett is a winner of many international chamber music competitions (Schubert Competition, Haydn Competition) and was awarded Austria’s Grosser Gradus ad Parnassum Prize, the start-up grant of the Austrian federal ministry and the Karajan Grant. Its name derives from a play by the dramatist Thomas Bernhard, who lived in Ohlsdorf in Austria’s Salzkammergut region, where the two violinists of the quartet grew up.

Johannes Meissl and the musicians of the Alban Berg Quartett were the Minetti Quartett’s teachers at the Music University in Vienna. In turn, the quartet has now undertaken teaching projects in Finland, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and at American and Austrian universities (Mozarteum Salzburg, Music University of Graz). The Austrian National Bank has placed two violins by G. B. Guadagnini (Mantegazza of 1774 and ex Meinel of 1770-1775) and a cello by G. Tononi (Bologna, 1681) on loan to the quartet. Milan Milojicic plays a viola by Bernd Hiller (2009).

Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGXenQb16Dw  to become acquainted with this talented quartet. 

Their recordings are also available on Amazon.