Founded in 1994, the Zehetmair Quartett quickly obtained international prominence and critical acclaim because of its energetic, imaginative, and meticulously wrought performances from the string quartet repertoire. Contacting the group “refreshingly iconoclastic,” critic Harris Goldsmith from the American Record Instruction especially praised the interpretation of Robert Schumann’s String Quartet, Op. 41/3, admiring the ensemble’s mastery from the “many areas of this impassioned little bit of German Romanticism.” As the Zehetmair Quartett’s innovative heart is normally undeniable, this, even so, is an initial violinist-dominated ensemble, a lot of its energy moving from Thomas Zehetmair’s solid artistic character and immense passion. However, exactly like Zehetmair, the three various other members perform frequently as soloists. Frequently playing from storage, the ensemble effectively integrates areas of single playing, which present individual creative insights, right into a extremely convincing string quartet idiom. The group’s hugely successful initial concert tour, in 1998, instantly led to invites from america and Japan. The Zehetmair Quartett uses its annual Western european tour to execute, as well as the regular repertoire, important functions by lesser-known composers such as for example Karl Hartmann and Sándor Veress. The quartet’s honours are the 2003 Record of the entire year Award, distributed by Gramophone, for the functionality of Schumann’s quartets; the Quarterly Award in the Deutsche Schallplatenkritik for the 2000 documenting of Bartók’s and Hartmann’s quartets; the Diapason d’Or award; as well as the Belgian Klara Preis. The Zehetmair Quartett undertook a U.S. tour in 2005, and in the 2007-2008 period premiered Heinz Holliger’s String Quartet No. 2. The Quartet’s documenting of the, along with Bruckner’s hardly ever noticed quartet and Beethoven’s Op. 135 premiered in 2013. The existing members from the quartet consist of second violinist Kuba Jakowicz, violist Ruth Killius, and cellist Ursula Smith.