Composition Commission issued to Hosokawa
Fauré Quartett, Berlin, Germany
In the space of just a few years the Fauré Quartett has proved itself to be a leading international piano quartet. Requirements here have shifted: Anyone wishing to play chamber music these days cannot limit themselves to what was the rule a few decades ago. The demands made on repertoire variety have grown thereby opening up opportunities for ensembles like the Fauré Quartett. And Dirk Mommertz (piano), Erika Geldsetzer (violin), Sascha Frömbling (viola) and Konstantin Heidrich (violoncello) are grasping the opportunities offered by this development. They explore new tonal fields within chamber music and bring rarely performed compositions onto the stage. They are visionaries in their field and their experiments and discoveries are highly appreciated – whether when playing with the NDR Big Band, collaborating with artists like Rufus Wainwright or Sven Helbig, appearing in clubs like Berghain, Cocoon Club or “Le Poisson Rouge” in New York, on the children’s TV channel KIKA or whetting children’s appetite for chamber music in the “Rhapsody in School” project. Their catalog of awards range from the Prize of the German Music Competition, the Ensemble Prize of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and international competitions through to the German Record Critics’ Award, the 2012 Brahms Prize from the Brahms Gesellschaft Schleswig-Holstein and the 2012 Music Prize from the City of Duisburg. The Fauré Quartett musicians are pioneers in many ways. Meeting in 1995 right at the start of their studies at Karlsruhe Music Academy in the 150th anniversary year of Gabriel Fauré the musicians quickly realized this line-up would allow them to explore new horizons of repertoire. In addition to the classical repertoire the Fauré Quartett would now also like to focus on contemporary music. For this reason for 2015 a composition commission will be issued to the Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation. His work is to be included in the repertoire and recorded by Deutsche Grammophon whom the piano quartet are signed with.