Founded in autumn 1994, the Zehetmair Quartet embarked upon its first concert tour in spring 1998. Their success resulted in re-engagements by all the promoters, followed by invitations to the United States (2001 and 2003) and Japan (2002) to complement the Quartet’s annual European tours. In 2004 the Zehetmair Quartet was a guest at the Edinburgh Festival, the Helsinki Festival, the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival and others. 2004 also saw the Quartet give masterclasses for the first time and further master classes are now planned.

The first CD featuring Bartók‘s 4th and Hartmann‘s 1st quartet was released in 2000 on the ECM label and was awarded the Quarterly Prize by the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik. Their latest release, Schumann‘s 1st and 3rd string quartets (also recorded on the ECM label), won the Gramophone Award (Record of the Year), the Diapason d’Or of the Year, the Dutch Edison Classical Music Award 2004, the Belgian Caecilia Award and the Klara Award for the best international production of the year.

The members of the
Zehetmair Quartet rehearse a new programme each year, under a conception which generally includes rarely-performed masterpieces (for example works by K. A. Hartmann, S. Veress) in combination with the more standard repertoire.

Seen and Heard International   16.03.2014

The Zehetmair Quartet: Memorable Music-Making – from Memory


United Kingdom Janáček, Schubert, Debussy: Zehetmair Quartet [Thomas Zahetmair & Kuba Jakovicz (violins), Ruth Killius (viola), Christian Elliott (cello)], Wigmore Hall, London, 14.3.2014 (CS)

Janáček: String Quartet No.1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’
Schubert: String Quartet in Eb D.87
Debussy: String Quartet in G minor Op.10

In this thrilling concert at the Wigmore Hall, the Zehetmair Quartet created three distinct musical worlds – the terse energy of Janáček, the freshness of the youthful Schubert and Debussy’s kaleidoscopic sound-canvas  – all the while retaining the Quartet’s distinct and individual ‘voice’.  This achievement was made even more astonishing by the fact that the entire programme was not only flawless but also performed from memory.


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Zehetmair Quartet

Thomas Zehetmair - violin

Kuba Jakowicz - violin

Ruth Killius - viola

Christian Elliot - cello