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Modern String Quartet (String Quartet)

Founded: 1983 - Munich, Bavaria, Germany

In the 25 years since the Modern String Quartet (= MSQ) has become one of the most influential ensembles of European crossover scene. The MSQ has been the world where more than a thousand concerts, recorded numerous CDs and working together with notable musicians.

The four musicians who compose their programmes since the beginning of their collaboration, and arrange themselves have, with boundless experimentation developed a distinctive repertoire that builds a connection between jazz and classical music with elements of modernity. In particular, the art of improvisation by the MSQ is maintained with great devotion.

The members of the MSQ are: Members Joerg Widmoser (Violin), Winfried Zrenner (Violin), Andreas Höricht (Viola), Jost-H. Hecker (Cello).

usik festivals: Ruhrtriennale (2010), Rheingau Musikfestival (2009, 2003), Nordlysfestivalen Tromsø/Norwegen (2008), Internationales Kammermusikfestival "EuroKlassik" Prag (2007), Morgenland Festival Osnabrück (2007), Singapore Arts Festival (2007), Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival (2007, 2006, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1998), Jazzfestival Dresden (2006), Styriarte Graz (2006, 1999), Jazzfestival "Generations 2006" Frauenfeld/Schweiz (2005), Jazzfestival Würzburg (2005), Händelfestspiele Bad Lauchstätt (2005), Konzertkirche Neubrandenburg (2005), Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker (2005), Händelfestspiele Halle (2005, 2001), Leverkusener Jazztage (2005, 1999, 1991), Eröffnungskonzert Kulturforum Fürth (2004), Palatia Jazzfestival Burg Trifels/Annweiler, mit Charlie Mariano (2004), Lausitzer Musiksommer Bautzen (2004), Internationale Meraner Musikwochen (2004, 1999), 5.Europäisches Klassikfestival Ruhr (2002), Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (2002), 50.Europäische Festwochen Passau (2002), Internationale Jazzwoche Burghausen (2002, 1999, 1992, 1986), Heidelberger Frühling (2001, 2000), Bregenzer Festspiele (2001), 4Jazzfestival Lodz/Polen (2001), Berliner Festwochen (2000), MDR-Musiksommer (2000), Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart (1999), Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci (1999), Nancy Jazz Pulsation (1993), International Arts Festival Tel Aviv (1992), Jazzfestival Belgrad (1991).

Concert halls: Philharmonie Köln (2009), Opéra National de Bordeaux (2008), Gewandhaus Leipzig (2007, 2001), Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz (2006, 2000), Beethovenhaus Bonn (2006, 1997), Staatstheater Oldenburg (2005), Gasteig Philharmonie München (2005, 2004, 1999, 1998, 1996), Schloss Elmau (2004, 1995), Sommerkonzerte Schloss Schleißheim (2002), Bregenzer Festspielhaus (2001), Schauspielhaus Kassel (2001), Hebbel Theater Berlin (2000), Alte Oper Frankfurt (1997).

Partners: Joan Baez, Mercedes Sosa, Konstantin Wecker, Charlie Mariano, Klaus Doldinger, Wolfgang Dauner, Joe Haider, Sarband, Philharmonie Tromsö, Ali Haurand, Mat Glaser, Thomas Stabenow, Martin Schrack Jazzquintett, etc.

Prizes: Kulturpreis der Stadt München (1995), Kulturförderpreis für Musik der Stadt München (1986).

TV: ZDF Musikdokumentation (60 Min.) über das MSQ (1996), SWR-Fernsehen Konzertmitschnitt 2 x 60 Min. (1995), SDR-Fernsehen "Gesellschaftsabend" mit Hanns Dieter Hüsch (1994), BR-Fernsehen "Four Brothers" (1992) Video Four Brothers, SDR-Fernsehen "Gesellschaftsabend" mit Hanns Dieter Hüsch (1989), BR-Fernsehen "Live aus dem Schlachthof" (1987) Video Hello Dolly, BR-Fernsehen "Jazz in Bayern" (1987) Video Ornithology, BR-Fernsehen "Live aus dem Alabama" (1986), BR-Fernsehen "Schönes Wochenende" mit Georg Kostya (1986) Video Eleanor Rigby.

International tours: USA: New York, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Chicago, Reading und Pittsburg (1997); Indonesien: Surabaya, Bandung und Jakarta (1997); Jugoslawien: Belgrad, Novi Sad und Niš (1996); Naher Osten: Kartoum, Alexandria, Kairo, Amman, Beirut, Tripoli, Damaskus, Aleppo, Izmir, Ankara and Istanbul for the Goethe-Institut (1994); Israel-Zypern-Griechenland: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Nicosia, Athen and Thessaloniki for the Goethe-Institut (1992); USA: New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Harrisburg, Chicago, Baltimore, Rochester (New York), etc (1991); West-Africa: Zaire, Kamerun, Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Elfenbeinküste and Senegal for the Goethe-Institut (1990); Europe tour with Mercedes Sosa (1989); Europe tour with Konstantin Wecker (1989); Europe tour with Joan Baez (1989), USA: New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston, etc (1989).


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