The Constanze Quartet explores the string quartet repertoire on original instruments, with an eye on historical research, and with the vitality and spontaneity that these composers demand.
Whilst Constanze Quartet is a new ensemble, we are all experienced artists of international standing.
The members of Constanze Quartet are amongst the top specialist players of our generation. We play with world leading period instrument groups both new and well established: groups such as Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gabrieli Consort, New London Consort, Arcangelo, I Fagiolini, and English Concert to name a few.Between us all we have played many of the world's major concert halls, including in Europe: the Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, die Musikverein, La Theatre de Champs Elysees, and Het Concertgebouw. Further afield: Carnegie Hall, and concert halls in the Near and Far East, Australia, New Zealand, North and South America.
Our natural starting point is the core classical repertoire of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. We aim to place these giants of the genre into a broader context, investigating the origins of the quartet, including Haydn's lesser-known mid-18th century contemporaries.
As 18th century musicians had the music of past composer in their libraries, we cast a wide historical net, from 17th century string consorts by, for example, Biber and Purcell, and arrangements of Bach keyboard repertoire, to the early Romantics such as Mendelssohn and Schumann.
The Constanze Quartet are passionate communicators and delight in introducing works from the platform. We aim to sweep away formal barriers to spread our enthusiasm for the music we love, and to bring our audiences the best in artistry and entertainment.
The Quartet is named after Constanze, Mozart's muse and wife.