“A musical sensation from Austria” wrote the Berlin Tagesspiegel of the young Minetti Quartett’s debut at the Berlin Philharmonie in 2009.â€¨ The name “Minetti Quartett” refers to a play by famous Austrian author Thomas Bernhard (1939-1989), who lived in Ohlsdorf, the birthplace of the quartet’s two female members.
The “European Rising Star Series” presented the Minetti Quartett during the 2008-09 season on the stages of the prestigious European concert halls. Since then appearances included Wigmore Hall, London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Koelner Philharmonie, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Mozarteum Salzburg, Beethovenhaus Bonn, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Konserthuset Stockholm and of course the Vienna Musikverein. Die Presse in Vienna summed it up after one of those concerts: “The youthful freshness of the quartet’s interpretations charms audiences since 2003. There are top musicians with spirit and dedication at work who charge the music of the classic and romantic periods with energy for the new millennium.”
The Minetti Quartett has collected more important prizes than any ensemble since 2003 when it received the Haydn Award at the International Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna, followed by the International Rimbotti Competition for String Quartet in Florence, the Franz Schubert Competition in Graz, the national “Gradus ad Parnassum” Prize. Soon after the formation of the ensemble it received strong support from the Herbert von Karajan scholarship, the Musica Juventutis Vienna, Live Music Now, Jeunesse Musicales Austria, Start - Scholarship of the Austrian Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture.