Hagen Quartet
Hagen Quartet | Picture: Harald Hoffmann

Concert information

At the invitation of the Berliner Philharmoniker


They have been making music together for over 40 years: as the Hagen Quartet, the three siblings Lukas, Veronika and Clemens Hagen with violinist Rainer Schmidt have reached the top of their field with their unerring sense of style, beauty of tone and potent expressiveness. Viennese Classicism has always been a major focus of the Salzburg-based ensemble. In this concert, we will hear two late quartets by Haydn and Beethoven which bear witness to both composers’ inexhaustible invention and innovative boldness. Maurice Ravel’s elegant, poignant quartet shows the genre from a French perspective.


Hagen Quartet:
Lukas Hagen violin
Rainer Schmidt violin
Veronika Hagen viola
Clemens Hagen cello


Joseph Haydn
String Quartet in B flat major, Hob. III:78 “Sunrise”

Maurice Ravel
String Quartet in F major


Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet in F major, op. 135

Chamber Music Hall

16 to 37 €


Series T: Quartet


Hagen Quartett

The Hagen Quartet celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2021; the Neue Zürcher Zeitung hailed the group as ‘definitely the most famous quartet’ of our time. Over the course of its long career, the Hagen Quartet has repeatedly set standards with interpretations that are characterised by breathtaking precision, vibrancy and atmospheric density. The ensemble's repertoire encompasses almost the entire string quartet literature through to the latest music, including numerous world premières. The Hagen siblings joined forces during their studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and Rainer Schmidt has been playing second violin for 37 years now. ‘I was treated like a new member of the family right from the start, which was wonderful and touching,’ he remembers. A look at the quartet's tour schedule shows that it is busy with concerts in Europe, America and Asia, with around 50 recordings now on the market. The quartet members, who pass on their knowledge to younger colleagues at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel and at international masterclasses, are driven by a never-ending desire to systematically explore the emotional potential of each individual work. The result: ‘Music against the tide of convention - beautiful beyond belief’ (Hamburger Abendblatt).