The Minguet Quartet, founded in 1988, is one of the most internationally sought-after string quartets today and gives guest performances in all the great concert halls of the world. The passionate and intelligent interpretations of the Minguet Quartet always ensure inspiring listening experiences – “for the joy in sound and expression with which the ensemble makes the works speak enlivens even the smallest detail”. (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)
The namesake of the Quartet is Pablo Minguet, a Spanish philosopher of the 18th century who attempted, in his writings, to facilitate access to the fine arts for all sectors of the population – and this idea is a chief artistic concern of the Minguet Quartet.
The ensemble concentrates on the Classical-Romantic literature and modern music in equal measure, and has proven its commitment to compositions of the 21st century through numerous premieres. Encounters with important composers of our time inspire the four musicians to create ever new ideas in programming. The first complete recordings of the string quartets of Wolfgang Rihm, Peter Ruzicka and Jörg Widmann are amongst their most important projects. The last-named of these was awarded five stars by FONO FORUM in May 2015. With the complete CD recordings of the string quartet literature of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Josef Suk and Heinrich v. Herzogenberg (cpo), the ensemble proudly presents its great musical culture, opening up to the public the discovery of impressive music of the Romantic period.
During the 2015/16 season, the Quartet’s programme will include invitations to the Ocean Sun Festival (MS Europa), Stuttgart Music Festival, Würzburg Mozart Festival, Festival Ultraschall Berlin and the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival, at the Munich Residence, the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Austrian National Library in Vienna as well as concert tours to Great Britain, Italy, Finland and the USA.
A fulfilled 2014/15 season took the Minguet Quartet to the Cologne Philharmonie and the Berlin Philharmonie, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, to Paris, Vienna and Venice as well as to the USA, Canada, Japan, Central and South America. The outstanding event was the performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Helicopter String Quartet by invitation of the AUDI Summer Concerts 2015 as part of a concept by the conductor Kent Nagano.
Partners include the soprano Mojca Erdmann, the baritone Christian Gerhaher, the clarinettists Sharon Kam and Jörg Widmann, the pianist Andrea Lucchesini, the violist Gérard Caussé, the actor Michael Degen, the Bruckner Orchester Linz, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the WDR Symphony Orchestra under the conductors Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Markus Stenz and Peter Ruzicka.
Since October 2015 the members of the Minguet Quartet are engaged as visiting lecturers for chamber music at Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln location Wuppertal.
In 2010 the Minguet Quartet was awarded the coveted ECHO Klassik. Recently the quartet won the Diapason d’Or 2015 together with the Huelgas Ensemble for the requiem ET LUX by Wolfgang Rihm, released by ECM.