In 2008, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung declared that the Mandelring Quartet was so good that it is a worthy successor to the Alban Berg Quartet. Writing of their Shostakovich cycle at the Salzburg Festival, the leading Austrian arts magazine, Die Bühne, named it as the heir of the legendary Borodin Quartet, and the renowned music magazine Fono Forum counts it as one of the six best string quartets in the world. By grasping the spiritual dimension, exploring the emotional extremes and working on the details, these musicians probe far beneath the surface of each work, thus revealing the multiple layers of meaning inherent in each. Based in the German wine region in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, the three Schmidt siblings - Sebastian, Nanette and Bernhard - joined with violist Roland Glassl in a partnership dedicated to exemplary performances of chamber music. Their success in winning some of the world's great competitions - Munich (ARD), Evian and Reggio Emilia (Premio Paolo Borciani) - launched an international career. Since 2010 the Quartet has presented regular series of concerts in the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie and in its hometown of Neustadt. Their numerous CD recordings have been repeatedly awarded the German Music Critics' Prize and nominated for the International Classical Music Award, confirming the Mandelring Quartet's exceptional quality and wide-ranging repertoire.
While at the Weis Center they will perform a program called Charm and Anguish:
· Beethoven: String Quartet in D Major op. 18 no. 3
· Shostakovich: String Quartet no. 8
· Brahms: String Quartet in C minor op. 51 No. 1
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