The Arditti Quartet
Rohan de Saram
The Arditti Quartet enjoys a world-wide reputation for their spirited and technically refined interpretations of contemporary
and earlier 20th century music. Several hundred string quartets and other chamber works have been written for the ensemble
since its foundation by first violinist Irvine Arditti in 1974. These works have left a permanent mark on 20th century repertoire
and have given the Arditti Quartet a firm place in music history. World premieres of quartets by composers such as Ades,
Andriessen, Aperghis, Bertrand, Birtwistle, Britten, Cage, Carter, Denisov, Dillon, Dufourt, Dusapin, Fedele, Ferneyhough,
Francesconi, Gubaidulina, Guerrero, Harvey, Hosokawa, Kagel, Kurtag, Lachenmann, Ligeti, Maderna, Nancarrow, Reynolds,
Rihm, Scelsi, Sciarrino, Schaeffer, Stockhausen and Xenakis and hundreds more show the wide range of music in the Arditti Quartet's repertoire.
The ensemble believes that close collaboration with composers is vital to the process of interpreting modern music and therefore
attempts to work with every composer it plays.
The players' commitment to educational work is indicated by their masterclasses and workshops for young performers and composers
all over the world. From 1982 to 1996 the quartet's members were resident string tutors at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music.
The members of the quartet were in 1999 the 4 tutors at the 7th International Academy for New Composition and Audio Art in Schwaz/Tirol.
In 1997 they were for the first time guests at our Festival.
The Arditti Quartet's extensive discography now features over 170 CDs. 42 discs have been released as part of the ensemble's series
on the French label Na?ve Montaigne. The series presents numerous contemporary composer features as well as the first digital recordings
of the complete Second Viennese School's string quartet music. Stockhausen's infamous Helicopter Quartet is to be found here.
As well as many composer portraits recorded in their presence, the complete quartets of Luciano Berio were recorded shortly before
his death. Latest releases include Harvey, Rihm and Lachenmann.
Over the past 30 years, the ensemble has received many prizes for its work. They have won the Deutsche Schallplatten Preis several
times and the Gramophone Award for the best recording of contemporary music in 1999 (Elliott Carter) and 2002 (Harrison Birtwistle).
The prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize was awarded to them in 1999 for 'lifetime achievement' in music.