-Philharmonisches Streichquartett (photo: Felix Broede)

Chamber Music

The Philharmonic String Quartet plays Dvořák, Schulhoff and Hartmann

The Philharmonic String Quartet represents the young generation of cosmopolitan, versatile and artistically ambitious musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker. This is also reflected in the programme of this concert, which mixes the familiar with new discoveries: Antonín Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 13, with its musicianly Bohemian joie de vivre, is a classic of the repertoire. While Erwin Schulhoff’s pieces for string quartet, an amusing sequence of short dance movements, and Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s sombrely expressive work “Carillon” are among the rarely performed compositions of the string quartet repertoire, but well worth hearing.

Philharmonisches Streichquartett

Dorian Xhoxhi violin

Helena Madoka Berg violin

Kyoungmin Park viola

Christoph Heesch cello

Erwin Schulhoff

5 Pieces for string quartet

Karl Amadeus Hartmann

String Quartet No. 1 “Carillon”

Antonín Dvořák

String Quartet No. 13 in G major, op. 106

Dates and Tickets

Biographies

Philharmonic String Quartet

The Philharmonic String Quartet represents the young generation of Berliner Philharmoniker musicians: cosmopolitan, versatile and artistically passionate. In the winter of 2018, Helena Madoka Berg and Dorian Xhoxhi (violin) and Kyoung-Min Park (viola), young members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, founded a new quartet out of a dedicated desire to make music together in outstanding tonal quality and to delight their listeners. The musicians are aware that they have have a lot to live up to with the Philharmonic String Quartet: they are continuing the long tradition of Berliner Philharmoniker ensembles who perform chamber music at the highest level. Christoph Heesch (cello), who brings his experience as soloist, lends fresh impetus to this more intimate setting of music-making. The four musicians have each won various top-level competitions and have already participated in various chamber music formations.

The Philharmonic String Quartet provides them with the opportunity to create their very own musical expression. At the same time, they feel less committed to a specific style than to their virtuosity, agreeing with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “... for we cherish all sorts of masters – both the ancient and the modern.”

-Philharmonisches Streichquartett (photo: Felix Broede)