In September 2004, the Faust Quartet made headlines when it was awarded the second prize at the ARD music contest in Munich, the largest international music contest, which only takes place every four years in each category. The Faust Quartet was the only German ensemble to be awarded.
Hailed by the press for its "high playing culture in all dynamic areas, its awareness of musical processes and its highly developed sense of sound", the Faust Quartet has rapidly developed into one of the most noteworthy string quartets of the younger generation.
fter its formation at the "Liszt School of Music Weimar" in 1996, the Quartet first studied under the guidance of Ulrich Beetz, violinist of the Abegg-Trio, and Norbert Brainin, concertmaster of the legendary Amadeus Quartet. In 1999, the Quartet resumed its studies with Eberhard Feltz at the "Hanns Eisler" Conservatory in Berlin.
At regular intervals, the Quartet participated in master classes held by the Alban Berg Quartet, the Cherubini Quartet, the Keller Quartet, the Hagen Quartet as well as Walter Levin. These classes deepened their musical understanding and also provided additional stimulation and inspiration.
International engagements led the Faust Quartet to concerts in London, Brussels and Rome, as well as on a two-week tour through five West-African countries, which was oraganized by the Munich Goethe Institute. Festival appearances include the Schleswig Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals, the Orlando Festival, and the festival "Heidelberger Frühling". In 2007, one of the highlights for the group will be an extensive concert tour to South America, where they are going to perform at major musical centers in Brasil and Argentinia.
By means of its active concert activities, radio productions and concert recordings, the Faust Quartet addresses a broad and inspired audience.
The Quartet successfully appeared at such famous concert halls like Musikhalle Hamburg, Konzerthaus Berlin, Schloss Elmau, Herkulessaal, Hubertussaal, Prinzregententheater München, Beethovenhaus Bonn, Gewandhaus Leipzig and the Cocertgebouw Amsterdam.
The repertoire of the Faust Quartet ranges from classical quartet pieces all the way to contemporary music, with compositions specially dedicated to the ensemble. Additionally, there are pieces with extended instrumentation, which led the Quartet to perform with musicians such as Dimitri Ashkenazy, Inwan König, Andreas Frölich, Patrick Gallois and Emily Beynon (solo flutist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam).
Repeatedly, excellent young composers have dedicated their works to the Faust Quartet. In 2004/2005, the Quartet staged two new compositions for the first time. These included the 2005 debut performance of Ludger Vollmer's Shakespeare inspired string quartet "My Love is like a fever" at the "Heidelberger Frühling" and the string quartet "Lost" by Carsten Hennig, which was first performed at Rome's Villa Massimo in 2004.
The Quartet is named after the central figure of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's drama "Faust". It was also Goethe who said of string quartets: "You listen to four sensible persons conversing