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Artis Quartet plays Mozart, Zemlinsky, and Brahms Feb. 18
– Asahi Evening News
The Yale School of Music presents the acclaimed Artis Quartet in a concert of music by Mozart, Zemlinsky, and Brahms on Tuesday, February 18 at 8 pm, in Morse Recital Hall. The newspaper Kurier has praised the quartet’s performances as “top class.”
The Vienna-based quartet is comprised of Peter Schuhmayer, violin; Johannes Meissl, violin; Herbert Kefer, viola; and Othmar Müller, cello. They have performed at the most prestigious concert halls in Europe, including the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Théatre des Champs-Elysées (Paris), and Santa Cecilia (Rome).
Their Yale performance will open with Mozart’s Quartet in D major, K. 575, and Zemlinsky‘s String Quartet No. 4. Zemlinsky’s style is post-Brahmsian, distinguished by deep emotion and intense drama. This elegaic quartet, written in 1936, weaves in musical homages to Alban Berg, Mahler, and Bach, among others.
The evening will conclude with Brahms’ expansive Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2. This concert is part of the Oneppo Chamber Music Series, directed by David Shifrin, at the Yale School of Music. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven.
Watch video of the Artis Quartet HERE.
About the Performers
Founded in Vienna in 1980, the Artis Quartet — Peter Schuhmayer, violin; Johannes Meissl, violin; Herbert Kefer, viola; and Othmar Müller, cello — began their international career in 1985 with concerts at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Suntory Hall (Tokyo), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Théatre des Champs-Elysées (Paris), Santa Caecilia (Rome), and many others. In Vienna they have performed an annual cycle of concerts at the Wiener Musikverein since 1988. They have appeared at many of the world’s major music festivals including Salzburg, Schleswig Holstein, the Berliner Festwochen, Ravinia, Bournemouth, Hong Kong, and Paris. Their more than 30 CDs have won awards such as the Echo Klassik, Indie Award, Grand Prix du Disque, and the Diapason d’Or. Their recording of quartets by Egon Wellesz was awarded the 2009 Midem Classical Award in Cannes. Permanently resident in Vienna, the members of the Artis Quartet teach at the Universities of Vienna and Graz.