The Chamber Music Society of Utah has finally snagged one of the most sought-after European string quartets for a concert in Salt Lake City.
The Hagen Quartett will perform Friday, May 1, at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts Auditorium on the University of Utah campus.Fran Wilcox, chairman of the talent committee for the Chamber Music Society, said she has received numerous requests over the years to bring the Hagen Quartett to Salt Lake City.
"We have never been able to work out scheduling with them until now. We feel very fortunate to be able to have them come at the time when they are so much in demand," Wilcox said.
The quartet - composed of Lukas Hagen and Rainer Schmidt, violins; Veronika Hagen, viola; and Clemens Hagen, cello - was a natural outgrowth of the musical home environment of the Hagen family of Salzburg, Austria, and originally consisted of four of the Hagen siblings. In 1987, Rainer Schmidt joined the group in place of one of the sisters, and the quartet as it has been constituted for the past 10 years has attained increasing international prominence.
Among the milestones of the ensemble's career are first prizes at the Portsmouth and Evian competitions and annual appearances at the Salzburg and Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festivals. They are one of only two European string quartets to record exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon.
The Hagen Quartett has developed a reputation for bold interpretation and challenging programming and for flawless technique and ensemble work. For their first appearance in Salt Lake City, they will perform Bartok's Quartet No. 4, Mozart's Quartet in G Major K 387 and a work commissioned especially for them - Quartet No. 2 by Georg Frederich Haas.
The Hagen String Quartett will appear on Friday, May 1, at 8 p.m. at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts Auditorium on the University of Utah campus. For ticket information, call (801) 561-3999.