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“A highly individual musicality that speaks to the audience.”
The Goldmund Quartet, formed by violinists Florian Schötz and Pinchas Adt, violist Christoph Vandory and cellist Raphael Paratore, is now counted as one of the most exciting young string quartets in Europe. Educated by Gerhard Schulz in Stuttgart and Günter Pichler at the Instituto Internacional de Musica de Camera de Madrid, the quartet has received important artistic impulse in master classes with the Hagen, Borodin, Melos, Belcea, Artemis, Ysaÿe and Cherubini quartets, Ferenc Rados, Eberhard Feltz and Alfred Brendel.
Since their debut at Munich’s Prinzregententheater, the quartet appeared at international festivals such as the Festival Aix-en-Provence, Festival de Música y Danza Granada and Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele. Recitals have taken them to prestigious chamber music venues and series in Denmark, France, Norway, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, China and the US. Regular chamber music partners include artists such as Ksenija Sidorova, Pablo Barragan, Frank Dupree, Christopher Park, Christoph Poppen und Arabella Steinbacher.
The 2017/18 season sees the Goldmund Quartet give its debuts at Washington’s Phillips Collection, Hemsing Festival Norway and at Shanghai Concerto Hall. Highlights from the past season included debuts at Vienna’s Musikverein, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Kissinger Sommer and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Further concerts will lead the four musicians to International Music Festival Heidelberger Frühling and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Many of the quartet’s concerts have been recorded and broadcast by leading broadcasting companies in Germany such as Bavarian Radio, ARD, Deutschlandradio and einsfestival. Further broadcasts have included SWR, NDR, WDR, RBB, ORF, Radio classique, Radio klassik Stephansdom, Deutschlandradio, ARD alpha and einsfestival. In October 2016 NAXOS released their debut CD with works by Joseph Haydn which garnered great reviews from the BBC, The Strad Magazine, Gramophone Magazine, American Record Guide, Applaus, Süddeutsche Zeitung and many more.
The Goldmund Quartet has been awarded several prizes and scholarships, amongst them the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now scholarship. In 2015 they received a scholarship from Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, the Bavarian Young Artist Award and recently the Karl-Klinger-Prize during the 2016 ARD International Music Competition Munich. In the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition the Goldmund Quartet has been awarded the 2nd Prize a special prize. In July the quartet was awarded 1.Prize and the Prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned piece at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.