BERLIN PHILHARMONIC PIANO QUARTET
Representative: Jean-Jacques Cesbron
Booking Representative: Asia except Japan
The Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet, one of the few existing ensembles of that instrumentation, has existed as a Berlin Philharmonic chamber music ensemble since 1985. This highly praised group is a collaboration between three award-winning permanent members of the Berliner Philharmoniker: Konzertmeister Daniel Stabrawa, violist Matthew Hunter, and cellist Knut Weber, along with the renowned concert pianist Markus Groh. This outstanding ensemble is committed to not only representing the standard repertoire of classical, romantic and modern pieces, but also finding undiscovered masterpieces of the literature.
Daniel Stabrawa, Konzertmeister
Daniel Stabrawa studied in his native Kraków, won prizes at several international competitions, and in 1979 was appointed concertmaster (leader) of the Kraków Radio Orchestra. He was a first violinist in the Berlin Philharmonic for three years before becoming one of the three First Konzertmeister. In 1985 Stabrawa and three colleagues from the orchestra founded the Philharmonia Quartet, which has appeared with great success in Berlin and other international music centres all over the world. Since 1994, Daniel Stabrawa has been increasingly active as a conductor. Since the 1995/96 season he has directed the Capella Bydgostiensis in Bydgoszcz (the chamber orchestra of the Pomeranian Philharmonic).
Matthew Hunter, Violist
Matthew Hunter was 26 when he discovered the viola. He was pursuing the career of violinist and had devised a special training program for that instrument: if he could play Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in tune on the larger viola, then – according to his theory – the piece would be child’s play for him on the violin. He became so infatuated with the viola’s dark chocolate tone that he made the switch over to the deeper instrument. Shortly after that he won the Gee International Viola Competition. Hunter, who began music lessons at the age of seven, cites as his formative teachers Julian Olevsky, Roman Totenberg (former assistant to Carl Flesch in Berlin), Michael Tree and Jaime Laredo. In 1985 he became Masao Kawasaki’s assistant at Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He also earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy at Dartmouth College as well as a Master of Music and Artist’s Diploma. Matthew Hunter came to the Berliner Philharmoniker from Ottawa, where from 1991- 95 he was associate principal viola of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra. He is a versatile musician, who also plays the guitar (for example in performances of Mahler’s Seventh Symphony), makes arrangements and plays in several Philharmonic chamber ensembles, including the Berlin Philharmonic Stradivari Soloists. Since 2003 he has also been on the teaching staff of Berlin’s Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik. Awards: First prize in the Gee International Viola Competition (1986), Citation of Excellence of the University of Massachusetts (1998)
Knut Weber, Cellist
Knut Weber received his first musical training from the Slovenian cellist Milos Mlejnik. He studied in Cologne with the Alban Berg Quartet and Claus Kanngiesser as well as with Wolfgang Boettcher in Berlin, where in 2002 he passed his concert exam with distinction. Weber went on to become a scholar and principal cellist of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra before being engaged by the Berliner Philharmoniker. He is a member of the “12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic” and also appears regularly as a soloist and in various chamber ensembles in Europe, Asia, North and South America. Awards: Prizewinner in the German national competition Jugend musiziert, winner of the Liezen International Cello Competition (1995), Pörtschach Brahms Competition (1996) and Domenico Gabrielli Competition of Berlin (1999)
Markus Groh, Pianist
Within little more than a decade German born pianist Markus Groh has established himself as one of the most versatile pianists of his generation, after having won the 1st prize in the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition Brussels in Belgium, 1995. His worldwide concert activities include performances with the London Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony Washington D.C., the San Francisco Symphony, the New Japan Philharmonic and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under such distinguished conductors as Ivan Fischer, Neeme Jaervi, Fabio Luisi, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott or David Robertson. Markus Groh performs solo recitals all over the world in some of the most important venues of cities like Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Munich, New York, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Vienna, Washington D.C. and Zurich. His first SACD Solo recording featured the b minor Sonata, the Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-CH and the Totentanz of Franz Liszt and received outstanding reviews in major newspapers (The Times, FAZ among others) as well as in major music magazines including critic's awards like “Editor's Choice” (Gramophone Magazine, U.K.), “Recording of the month” (Musicweb International, USA), “Supersonic Award” (Pizzicato, Luxemburg), and “6 of 6 points” (Piano News, Germany). A second allBrahms SACD was showered with rave reviews as well. It received awards like the Star of the Month of the most important German Music Magazine FonoForum in 2008. Mr. Groh lives in Berlin and New York.
Download Media Kit
Mozart, Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478
Mahler, Piano Quartet in A minor*, Fragment
Alfred Schnittke, Piano Quartet in A minor
Danny Elfman, Piano Quartet (will be released by Sony in summer 2019)
Schumann, Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47
* subject to change
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