Philharmonia Quartett Berlin

Berlin Philharmonic String Quartet  

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014  7:30 pm

Harris Concert Hall, University of Memphis


Founded in 1984 by the principal concertmaster and the string section leaders of the Berlin Philharmonic, the quartet has celebrated a critically acclaimed career and has established itself among the world’s premier string quartets. Annual appearances include the Berlin Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the Bath Festival, and London’s Wigmore Hall. They have made many recordings and thrill audiences throughout the world with their incredible artistry. Yehudi Menuhin told them: “I’d like to hear music always played as beautifully as you play.”


Beethoven, String Quartet No. 11, Op. 95 in F minor

Beethoven, String Quartet No. 16, Op. 135 in F major

Beethoven, String Quartet No. 1, Op. 18 in F major

Concerts International 2014-2015 Season

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014        Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014          Philharmonia Quartett Berlin (Berlin Philharmonic Quartet)

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015      Cann Sisters Piano Duo

Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015         East Coast Chamber Orchestra

Wednesday, Apr. 8, 2015      Dover Quartet with Victor Asuncion, piano



3775 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111

Harris Concert Hall – University of Memphis

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Program Notes (to come later)


Philharmonia Quatett Berlin

Daniel Stabrawa, violin

Christian Stadelmann, violin

Neithard Resa, viola

Dietmar Schwalke, cello

 Hailed as “four of the best” by the British press after their debut at Wigmore Hall in London over two decades ago, the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin has celebrated a critically acclaimed career, establishing itself among the world’s premier string quartets with 20-plus years of international concerts and a large and diverse discography. Founded in 1984 by the principal concertmaster and the string section leaders of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the quartet appears regularly at the world’s most prestigious concert alls such as Carnegie and Wigmore., as well as a series of five performances each season presented by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Other highlights include a private concert at the Vatican at the invitation of Pope Benedict XVI and regular invitations from the Spanish Royal Family to the Palacio Real to play on the royal Stradivari instruments.

The ensemble’s extensive discography includes recordings of the quartets of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Shostakovich and Max Reger for the Thorofon Classics label. The Reger recording was awarded the German Record Critics prize. The quartet has twice been awarded the famed ECHO Klassik prize for Chamber Music.

Until the sudden death of cellist Jan Diesselhorst in February 2009 the members of the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin had never changed. Cellist Dietmar Schwalke continues the tradition of superb ensemble playing on the great stages of the world.

Concerts International brings the world’s best chamber music to Memphis. This long-running chamber music series is an important part of the richly varied music scene in Memphis, from the Blues, Elvis and Graceland, Sun Studio, Beale Street, Stax Records Museum and Academy, the Memphis Rock and Soul Museum, and the Gibson Guitar Factory and Museum to Opera Memphis, the Memphis Symphony, and more.

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