Quartet New Generation (= QNG) was founded in September 1998 at the Amsterdam Conservatoire and the University of the Arts, Berlin. The collective was also awarded the top prizes at the German Music Competition in Bonn, Germany (2006); the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition for Contemporary Music in the Netherlands; the International Chamber Music Competition for Contemporary Music in Poland; and the Ď13ème Concours International de Musique de Chambreí in France.
Hailed as "Four Recorder Virtuosos" by The New York Times, and "mind-blowing" by the Los Angeles Times, QNG-Quartet New Generation took top honors at the 2004 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. QNG mesmerizes its audiences through innovative programming that juxtaposes contemporary and early music. Performing on upwards of 20 different recorders of varying sizes and shapes during the course of a typical performance, the Quartet transports the listener into new sonic worlds, confirming the recorderís viability as a modern classical instrument.
Starting with its successful USA debut in 2004 at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the quartet has since performed in the US at the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, the Chautauqua Institution, Merkin Concert Hall, Regina Quick Center at St. Bonaventure University, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Chicago Presents, University of Nevada at Reno, Purdue University Convocations and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Additional appearances at the Brooklyn Academy of Musicís BAM Café and Barbes Bar and Performance Space are part of CAGís New Music/New Places initiative. In addition to two USA tours, 2007-2008 also included a tour of Japan, performances at the Singapore Arts Festival and numerous performances throughout Europe.
In the 2008-2009 season, QNG makes its debut in Carnegie Hallís Stern Auditorium as part of a special performance with the Kronos Quartet and an all-star line-up performing Terry Rileyís landmark work In C. Other season highlights include the Orange County Performing Arts Center, San Francisco State University, University of Wyoming and Boise State University, as well as recitals in Florida, Alabama, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Recent concerts include return engagements at the Chicago Cultural Center and the Detroit Institute of Arts, with debut performances at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, NJ, the Center for International Studies at the University of Missouri at St. Louis and the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles.
Taking advantage of the large recorder family and its flexibility, QNG is constantly searching for new possibilities of sound and expression. The instruments played by the Quartet include a large number of accurate copies of authentic historical instruments plus modern recorders called Pätzoldbasses. These square box-like recorders produce a different structure of overtones based on those of organ pipes and therefore a specific extraordinary sound, which is further enhanced by the percussive nature of the keys.
The diversity of the instruments, paired with QNGís theatrical flair and high-intensity performance, inspires composers to write in fresh and exciting ways that define the music of our time. With a large repertoire of European works, the collective has begun commissioning American composers. These pieces include Paul Moravecís Mortal Flesh, Stephen Taylorís Flow for Recorder Quartet and Strings (world premiere with the New Philharmonic led by Kirk Muspratt) and new works by Daniel Bernard Roumain, Gordon Beeferman and Nissim Schaul (world premieres on the CAG New Works Series at Symphony Space).
Following the successful release of QNGís debut CD, Ethereal, in early 2007, the ensemble has just released "In Vain", featuring music of J.S. Bach, Samuel Scheidt and A. Bruckner, as well as pieces written for them by Hahne, Beeferman, Kosviner and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Paul Moravec.