Lucky circumstances have allowed us to present this up-and-coming German quartet, winners of the 2010 Echo Klassik Prize, on a flying visit to New Zealand. Their other performances this season include an appearance at the Salzburg Festival.

The Minguet Quartet was founded in 1988 and is today made up of Ulrich Isfort (violin I), Annette Reisinger (violin II), Aroa Sorin (viola) and Matthias Diener (cello). The group takes its name from Pablo Minguet, an eighteenth-century Spanish philosopher who tried in his writings to make the fine arts accessible to the masses. The Minguet Quartet has the same intention. The Minguet Quartet is today among the internationally most popular younger string quartets and performs at major European concert venues like the London Wigmore Hall, the Cologne and Berlin Philharmonie, the Auditorio in Madrid and Palau in Barcelona, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

They perform on Sunday 3rd February at 10.30am with a programme that includes Bach, Rihm and Brahms. Click here to hear a short performance by this wonderful group.