The Eliot Quartett was founded in 2014 has become one of the most engaging and promising string quartets of the next generation. Hailing from Canada, Germany and Russia, the quartet’s members formed the group in Frankfurt am Main and have since gone on to win prizes at major national and international music competitions. In 2018 the Eliot Quartett completed a tour-de-force of the music competition world, winning second prize at both the Mozart International Competition in Salzburg and the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, becoming the first quartet in 14 years to win the Prize of the German Music Competition as well as three additional special prizes, and capping it off by winning first prize and the special prize for the best interpretation of a piece by Karol Szymanowski at the inaugural International Karol Szymanowski Competition in Katowice, Poland.
The Eliot Quartett’s concert schedule has taken them all over Europe, including performances in Spain, Italy, England, Belgium, Poland, Austria and Germany. The Eliot Quartett is particularly looking forward to opening the Streichquartetttage in November at the Holzhausenschlösschen in its hometown of Frankfurt, where it will perform its own concert series in 2019 as quartet in residence. Other upcoming highlights this coming season include performances at the Bachfest Leipzig and the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Austria.
The four musicians began their chamber music instruction with Prof. Hubert Buchberger and went on to study with Prof. Tim Vogler at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main and with Prof. Günter Pichler at the Instituto Internacional de Música de Camera at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. The Eliot Quartett has received valuable musical guidance from Valentin Erben, Oliver Wille, Martin Beaver, and the Mandelring Quartet and enjoys a close working relationship with the esteemed pianist Alfred Brendel.
The Eliot Quartett is named after the American poet T. S. Eliot whose famous work “Four Quartets” was inspired by the innovative late Quartets by Ludwig van Beethoven. Eliot, like Beethoven, attempted to establish a connection between past, present and future by breaking away from the accepted classical forms of the time.