opening “call and response” beginning in the cello, the music takes off on a wild journey of abrupt changes in mood, harmony, and dynamics, driving the music to a joyous conclusion. - Program notes by Christopher Russell ABout QuAtuor moSAïQueS Quatuor Mosaïques is the most prominent period-instrument quartet performing today. The ensemble has garnered praise for its atypical decision to use gutstringed instruments which, in combination with its celebrated musicianship, has cultivated its unique sound. The quartet has toured extensively, won numerous prizes and established a substantial discography. Formed in 1985, the group is comprised of Austrians Erich Höbarth (violin), Andrea Bischof (violin), Anita Mitterer (viola) and French cellist Christophe Coin.
Quatuor has appeared in Europe, the United States, Australia and Japan and regularly performs in Vienna, London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall. Quatuor Mosaïques is often featured at such prestigious European festivals as Edinburgh, Salzburg, Luzern, Bremen, Bath, Styriarte Graz, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, and Oslo, among others. The ensemble collaborates regularly with many international artists, including pianists Sir András Schiff and Patrick Cohen, clarinetists Wolfgang Meyer and Sabine Meyer, and cellists Miklós Perényi and Raphael Pidoux. In 2006, Quatuor Mosaïques was invited to Spain to perform for King Juan Carlos I on the Monarch’s personal collection of Stradivari instruments. In the fall of 2014, Quatuor Mosaïques tours North America, visiting Philadelphia, New York, Houston, Vancouver, Ottawa, San Diego, Sonoma and Orange County, CA, performing works of Haydn, Schumann, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. Of its engagement at