String Quartet | North American Representation
Full Biography 2012-2013

Quatuor Mosaïques is the most prominent period-instrument quartet performing today. The ensemble has garnered praise for its atypical decision to use gut-stringed instruments which, in combination with its celebrated musicianship, has cultivated the group's unique sound. The Quartet has toured extensively, won numerous prizes and established a substantial discography. Formed in 1985, the group is comprised of Austrians Erich Höbarth (violin), Andrea Bischof, (violin), Anita Mitterer (viola), and French cellist Christophe Coin. The Quartet has appeared in Europe, the United States, Australia and Japan and regularly performs in Vienna, London's Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and Berlin's Philharmonic Hall. Quatuor often performs at prestigious European festivals such as Edinburgh, Salzburg, Luzern, Bremen, Bath, Styriarte Graz, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and Oslo, among others. Quatuor Mosaïques has collaborated with many international artists including pianists András Schiff and Patrick Cohen, clarinetists Wolfgang Meyer and Sabine Meyer, and cellists Miklós Perényi and Raphael Pidoux. In 2006 Quatuor Mosaïques was invited to Spain to perform for King Juan Carlos I, using the Monarch's personal collection of Stradivari instruments.

In 2011-2012, Quatuor Mosaïques made its second tour of North America in ten years visiting Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Vancouver, Berkeley, San Diego, and Stanford, CA,  performing works of Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.  Of its performance at Carnegie Hall, The New York Times noted that the group performed with "elegant, detailed phrasing and carefully wrought playing."  The Philadelphia Inquirer raved “the group does tap into something well beyond notes and rests.  No doubt this is what people mean when they talk about music casting a spell.” 

Quatuor Mosaïques has an extraordinarily extensive discography which includes works of Haydn, Mozart, Arriaga, Boccherini, Jadin, Beethoven, Schubert and Mendelssohn as well as modern composers. Of the group's latest release, Schubert's Der Tod und das Mädchen, The London Times writes, "their performance of Death and the Maiden is music-making of a high order, felt and carried out by players animated as though by a single mind and impulse, yet each of them seeming to respond afresh at every moment." Recordings of the Wiener Klassik repertoire (Haydn string quartets: Op.20, 33, 77 and the quartets of Mozart dedicated to Haydn) have been awarded numerous prizes such as the Diapason d'or, the Choc du Monde de la Musique, and a Gramophone Award.

These four musicians met while performing with Nikolaus Harnoncourt's Concentus Musicus in the 1980's, and decided to perform on original instruments as a classical "caper quartet." Although the Quartet performs on period instruments it embraces the European quartet tradition, constantly allowing for the evolution of its repertoire as it strives to reveal the music's psychological underpinnings.

Erich Höbarth was born in Vienna, where he studied with Grete Biedermann and Franz Samohyl, and later at the Musikhochschules of Vienna and Salzburg. He was a member of the Végh Quartet from 1978 to 1980, and subsequently held the position of Konzertmeister of the Wiener Symphoniker for seven years. Since 1981 Mr. Höbarth has been Konzertmeister and soloist for the Concentus Musicus Wien; he also teaches at the Musikhochschule in Vienna. He has also served as Konzertmeister of András Schiff's chamber ensemble Cappella Andrea Barca. Mr. Höbarth plays a Joseph Guarnerius violin made in Cremona in 1705.

Andrea Bischof was born in Vorarlberg and studied in Vienna with Grete Biedermann and Thomas Christian. Since 1980 she has held the position of Konzertmeisterin and soloist of the Austrian Bach Soloists, and is also a permanent member of the Concentus Musicus and Professor of Chamber Music at the Musikhochschule in Vienna. Ms. Bischof plays a violin made in France in the 18th century, maker unknown.

Anita Mitterer was born in Lienz in the Ostirrol, and studied with Jürgen Geise in Salzburg, Antonin Moravec in Prague and Thomas Christian in Vienna. She is a member of the Concentus Musicus, Director of the Baroque Ensemble of Salzburg and teaches violin and viola at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Ms. Mitterer plays a Carolus le Pot viola made in Lille in 1725.

Christophe Coin was born in Caen, and studied with André Navarra in Paris, Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Vienna and Jordi Savall in Bâle. He has performed with l'Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Concentus Musicus de Vienne, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment among many others. Mr. Coin teaches Baroque violin and Viola de Gamba at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris and at the Schola Cantorum in Bâle. He teaches annually at the International Academies of Granada and Innsbruck and gives master classes throughout France. Mr. Coin plays an Alessandro Gagliano cello made in Naples.



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