Hagen Quartett - string quartet

Hagen Quartett
Lukas Hagen (Violin 1)
Rainer Schmidt (Violin 2)
Veronika Hagen (Viola)
Clemens Hagen (Violoncello)

The Hagen Quartet came into being in 1981, soon achieving success in a number of competitions and signing an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft, which over the course of a 20-year relationship produced 45 CDs. Through its long engagement with the inexhaustibly rich quartet repertoire, the Hagen Quartet has developed and retained a distinctive character, not least in its collaboration with such musicians as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, György Kurtág, Maurizio Pollini, Mitsuko Uchida, Krystian Zimerman, Heinrich Schiff and Jörg Widmann.

In concert and on disc, the Hagen Quartet presents stimulating and sensitively conceived programmes, embracing the history of the quartet from Haydn to Kurtág and regularly featuring the works of composers of the younger generation, including a number of world premieres. The players of the Hagen Quartet have also acquired a reputation as teachers and mentors through their work at the Salzburg Mozarteum and Basel Conservatory, and through masterclasses around the world. Many rising ensembles view the Hagen Quartet as a model, admiring its collaborative spirit, quality of sound, stylistic range, and the unerring integrity of its approach to chamber music.

In 2011 the Hagen Quartet celebrates its 30th anniversary, which will also be the start for a new collaboration with the record label myrios classics.