Merel String Quartet

Since ist formation in 2002, the Merel Quartet has received unanimous praise. The "Wiener Zeitung" writes: «This young Zürich ensemble’s music-making is extraordinarily precise and tonally exceedingly well-matched» (August 2008) and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung praised the quartet for playing «with utmost expressivity and a subtle sense of form, tone and rhetoric» (May, 2007).

The Merel Quartet performs extensively in Europe in such prestigious venues as the Zürich Tonhalle and Wigmore Hall and in such important festivals as the Salzburger Festspiele, Lucerne Festival, Kunstfest Weimar, the Ittingen Whitsun Festival and the Menuhin Festival Gstaad. The quartet has collaborated with such artists as Ruth Ziesak, Juliane Banse, Dénes Várjon, Nobuko Imai, Thomas Demenga, Heinz Holliger, Christoph Schiller, Julian Bliss, Jörg Widmann, the Quatour Ebène and the Quatour Mosaiques.

Acclaimed performances and live radio broadcasts of repertoire spanning Bach to contemporary works by such modern masters as György Kurtág and Kaija Saariaho attest to the quartet’s versatility. The Merel Quartet’s recently released CD with works by Robert Schumann, Léoš Janáček and award-winning Swiss composer David Philip Hefti was praised by the "Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag" as «the outstanding CD-Premier of a first-rate quartet.»

The Merel Quartet begins ist 2009/2010 season with performances at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad and Murten Classics and finishes with a concert at the Wigmore Hall in London.