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Washington, D.C. – Taking its name from Pablo Minguet, an 18th century Spanish philosopher who worked to make the arts more generally accessible, the Minguet Quartett was founded in 1988. Described by The Guardian as performing “compelling music, wonderfully played,” the Quartett was awarded the 2010 Echo Klassik Prize by the German music industry association for their complete recording of the works for string quartet by Peter Ruzicka, a contemporary composer, conductor and music administrator. Their April 2 WPAS recital includes the String Quartet No. 11 by Wolfgang Rihm, who is composer-in-residence at the Lucerne and Salzburg festivals. This will be juxtaposed with quartets by Haydn and Mendelssohn. The Minguet released a CD featuring that Rihm Quartet last June on the Wergo label.
Among the Quartet’s significant projects were the first complete recordings of the string quartets of Rihm, and Jörg Widmann .Other recent CDs have featured quartets by Mendelssohn, Suk and Heinrich von Herzogenberg.
The Minguet Quartett performs at major European concert venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, the Cologne and Berlin Philharmonie, the National Auditorium of Music in Madrid and Palau in Barcelona, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.
They have also performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Berlin Festival, the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the Salzburg Festival and the Adam Chamber Music Festival in New Zealand, and have toured in Israel, Japan, China, India, Central and Southeast Asia and North Africa.
Trained at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen and the Cologne College of Music, Quartett members Ulrich Isfort (violin I), Annette Reisinger (violin II), Aroa Sorin (viola) and Matthias Diener (cello) have been influenced by working with Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet) and members of the Amadeus, Melos and Alban Berg Quartets.
The Minguet Quartett plays on instruments that are on permanent loan from the Stiftung Kunst und Kultur, Nord-Rhein- Westfalen.
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Funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts
Since 1965, Washington Performing Arts Society has had a foundational role in the arts in our nation’s capital, creating profound opportunities that connect community and artists, in both education and performance. Through live events in 11 venues that criss-cross the D.C. metropolitan area, the careers of emerging artists are launched and nurtured, and established artists return to develop closer relationships with WPAS audiences and creative partners.
As one of the leading presenters in the nation, Washington Performing Arts Society embraces a broad spectrum of the performing arts, including classical music, jazz, gospel, contemporary dance and music, international music and art forms, and new work. Dynamic education programs in the public schools and beyond are hallmarks of WPAS, as are WPAS’s Embassy Adoption Program and two resident gospel choirs.
In the 2012–13 season, WPAS was twice honored for its work at the intersection of arts presenting and education: by President Barack Obama with a National Medal of Arts (becoming only the fourth D.C.-based arts group and the first arts presenter of its kind to be so honored), and the Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Service to the Arts.