MIHAELA MARTIN | Violin
DANIEL AUSTRICH | Violin
NOBUKO IMAI | Viola
FRANS HELMERSON | Cello
The Michelangelo Quartet was formed in 2002 by musicians distinguished as soloists, chamber musicians and teachers, sharing a desire to play together the greatest repertoire of all. Mihaela Martin from Romania, Russian-born Daniel Austrich, Japanese-born Nobuko Imai and Frans Helmerson from Sweden have each won many prizes at international competitions and have worked with artists including Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Itzhak Perlman and Sir András Schiff.
Together they bring to the string quartet repertoire a wealth of experience and wisdom as well as the benefit of many years of music-making at the highest level.
Mihaela Martin was the first ever winner of the Indianapolis International Violin Competition and teaches at the Barenboim Said Academy in Berlin. Daniel Austrich won prizes at the Sarasate and the Paganini International Competitions and teaches in Germany. Nobuko Imai is one of the most distinguished violists of today, holding professorships in Amsterdam and Madrid. Frans Helmerson combines his love of solo and chamber music with his career as a teacher, holding positions at the Kronberg Academy and the Barenboim Said Academy. All are established concert soloists and bring their wide-ranging musical experiences to enrich their chamber music performances and their audiences.
Reviewers have written of their ferocious intensity of concentration and their towering virtuosity and stamina, recognising the exceptional insight and ability this ensemble brings to all its performances.
The Quartet plays regularly in Europe and Japan, having performed in major halls including the Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall, London, and the Tonhalle Zürich, and at festivals including Edinburgh, Kuhmo, Jerusalem, Delft, Verbier and the Pablo Casals. Projects have included a complete Beethoven cycle in Perth, Scotland, as well as a residence at the Lammermuir Festival. Their Beethoven cycle has also been given in Japan. In the USA, they have played in Carnegie Hall and the Library of Congress, Washington, amongst other venues.
Representation: General Management
Contact: Aminah Domloge