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BIOGRAPHY

In 2006 the Schoenberg Quartet celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. The members of the Quartet share a strong interest in the composers of the Second Viennese School – Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, Anton Webern and Alexander Zemlinsky – and the complete works for strings by these composers form the heart of their repertoire. Their programmes range, however, from the music of Debussy and Brahms to that of composers of the present day, highlighting the music of the first decades of the twentieth century. Besides concerts and broadcasts in The Netherlands, the Schoenberg Quartet has given performances in most European countries as well as in Canada and the United States. Its performances for Dutch television of Schoenberg’s eight works for strings were broadcast worldwide and the Quartet appears on the Rhombus film My War Years about the life of Arnold Schoenberg.
Between 1983 and 1991 the Quartet worked frequently in Boston where it studied with the violist and quartet coach Eugene Lehner, formerly a member of the Kolisch Quartet which in the 1920s and 1930s worked closely with Schoenberg, Webern, Berg and Bartók. The Friends of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute in Los Angeles awarded the Schoenberg Quartet Honorary Life Membership in 1989, an honour previously accorded to artists such as Pierre Boulez, Felix Galimir and Eugene Lehner. The Quartet has issued numerous CDs with works by Andriessen, Brahms, Chausson, Dutilleux, Janácek, Pijper, Reger, Roussel, Schulhoff, Shostakovich, van Vlijmen and Vermeulen among others, and on nine CDs for Chandos has recorded the complete works for strings by Schoenberg, Webern, Berg and Zemlinsky, a unique event in recording history

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