Arditti String Quartet

Biography

Active: 1974 - ; London, England
Founded by violinist Irvine Arditti in 1974 while he was a student at the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Arditti Quartet has established itself as one of the world's foremost chamber ensembles dedicated to contemporary music. Literally hundreds of new works have been written for the quartet, and the group has made it a priority to work closely with the composers it commissions. Among the very long list of composers who have written for the Read more quartet are: Harrison Birtwistle, John Cage, Elliott Carter, Brian Ferneyhough, Sofia Gubaidulina, Mauricio Kagel, György Ligeti, Conlon Nancarrow, Wolfgang Rihm, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Iannis Xenakis. In addition, the Arditti Quartet has performed and recorded most of the major string quartet repertoire of the twentieth century.

With an interest in new music, the young violinist Irvine Arditti began working with like-minded colleagues. One of those was the talented cellist Rohan de Saram, the other pillar of the quartet who joined in 1979, remaining through occasional personnel changes in the second violin and viola positions. Second violinist Graeme Jennings began with the group in 1994, and violist Dov Scheindlin joined in 1997. As the quartet became established, they were invited to perform at contemporary music festivals throughout the world. The Arditti Quartet has contributed greatly to the revitalization of the string quartet as a relevant musical genre to new audiences and musicians. The ensemble was awarded the 1999 Ernst von Siemens Music Prize for life-time achievement, one of the most prestigious prizes in Europe. The group has been honored with many other awards, particularly for its recordings.

The Arditti Quartet has released over 100 recordings. The major collection is found on the French label, Auvidis Montaigne, which now numbers nearly 40 discs. These include important historical works from composers such as those of the Second Viennese School (Schoenberg, Berg, Webern), the collected works of prominent composers such as Carter, Pascal Dusapin, Ferneyhough, Toshio Hosokawa, Kagel, and Xenakis, and sets of pieces from different countries and regions, including Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, and the U.S.

In 1982, the members of the quartet were signed on as tutors at the prestigious Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music, returning for each bi-annual session until 1996. Master classes, workshops, and a busy touring and recording schedule continue to be the primary components of the quartet's activities.

While the quartet has remained extremely active for over 25 years, the individual members continue to pursue other musical activities. Irvine Arditti and Rohan de Saram, in particular, have had a number of solo works written for them by some of the composers who have written for the group. The close relation established between the quartet and particular composers has led to a proliferation of different chamber combinations. Carter and Xenakis, for example, have written piano quintets, and Ferneyhough's Fourth String Quartet includes a part for soprano. Electronics have also been incorporated into compositions by Roger Reynolds and Gerard Pape. It is safe to say that through all of its activities and steadfast dedication to the music of our time, the Arditti String Quartet has established itself as a vital force in the world of contemporary chamber music. Read less
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  • 51.
    Dutilleux: Ainsi La Nuit;  Dusapin: Time Zones, Etc
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 82125 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pascal Dusapin,  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Irvine Arditti,  David Alberman,  Garth Knox,  Rohan de Saram
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
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  • 52.
    Reynolds: Coconino, Visions, Etc / Arditti Quartet
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 82083 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Roger Reynolds
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
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  • 53.
    D'un Siecle A L'autre
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 782096 Release Date: 05/23/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Gustav Mahler,  Claude Debussy,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Hüseyin Sermet,  Régis Pasquier,  Gustav Schmahl,  Manfred Reinelt  ... 
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Charles Munch,  Pierre Bartholomée,  Erich Bergel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Novák String Quartet,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  ORTF National Orchestra  ... 
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  • 54.
    Stockhausen: Helikopter-quartett / Arditti String Quartet
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 782097 Release Date: 10/26/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karlheinz Stockhausen
    Performer:  Irvine Arditti,  David Alberman,  Garth Knox,  Rohan de Saram
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
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  • 55.
    Czernowin: Chamber Music 1988-96 / Arditti Quartet, Et Al
    Label: Mode   Catalog: 77 Release Date: 08/17/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Chaya Czernowin
    Performer:  John Fonville,  Takashi Saito,  Mayumi Miyata
    Conductor:  Harvey Sollberger,  Fumio Tamura
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  SONOR Ensemble,  Arditti String Quartet
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  • 56.
    Pape: Electroacoustic Chamber Works / Arditti Quartet, Et Al
    Label: Mode   Catalog: 67 Release Date: 08/18/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gerard Pape
    Performer:  Paul Kientzy,  Nicholas Isherwood,  Janet Pape,  Cécile Daroux
    Conductor:  Paul Mefano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 2e2m,  Vox Nova,  Arditti String Quartet
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  • 57.
    Gerard Pape / Arditti Quartet, William Albright, Etc
    Label: Mode   Catalog: 26 Release Date: 01/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gerard Pape
    Performer:  Rohan de Saram,  Levine Andrade,  David Alberman,  Irvine Arditti  ... 
    Conductor:  Sydney Hodkinson,  C. Daehler,  Robert Black
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet,  Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra,  PRISM Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Hilda Paredes: The Seventh Seed, Permutaciones
    Label: Mode   Catalog: 60 Release Date: 11/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hilda Paredes
    Performer:  Irvine Arditti,  John Oakley-Tucker,  Lourdes Ambriz,  Steven Schick
    Conductor:  Rand Steiger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
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  • 59.
    Maxwell Davies: Le Jongleur De Notre Dame, String Quartet
    Label: Mode   Catalog: 59 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Maxwell Davies
    Performer:  Edward Albert
    Conductor:  Charles Peltz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet,  Opera Sacra of Buffalo Chorus,  Opera Sacra of Buffalo Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Gyorgy Ligeti Edition Vol 1 - String Quartets And Duets
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62306 Release Date: 01/21/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  György Ligeti
    Performer:  Irvine Arditti,  Rohan de Saram,  David Alberman,  Garth Knox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
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  • 61.
    California Composers - Cohn, Stalvey, Et Al /Arditti Quartet
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 159 Release Date: 08/04/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dorrance Stalvey,  Donald Davis,  Burton Goldstein,  Stephen Cohn
    Performer:  David Alberman,  Garth Knox,  Rohan de Saram,  Irvine Arditti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
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  • 62.
    Felder: Journal, Etc / American Brass Quintet, Et Al
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9049 Release Date: 06/20/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Felder
    Performer:  Rohan de Saram,  Garth Knox,  David Alberman,  Irvine Arditti  ... 
    Conductor:  Bradley Lubman,  Harvey Sollberger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet,  American Brass Quintet,  June in Buffalo Chamber Orchestra
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  • 63.
    Tan Dun: Snow In June / Arditti String Quartet, Et Al
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 655 Release Date: 06/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tan Dun
    Performer:  Paul Guerguerian,  Anssi Karttunen,  Daniel Kennedy,  John Ferrari  ... 
    Conductor:  Ed Spanjaard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talujon Percussion Quartet,  Arditti String Quartet,  Nieuw Ensemble
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  • 64.
    Mason: String Quartet, Etc / Arditti Quartet, Et Al
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9045 Release Date: 03/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benedict Mason
    Performer:  Christine Whittlesey,  Michael Thompson,  David Purser,  David Alberman  ... 
    Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher,  Diego Masson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern,  London Sinfonietta,  Arditti String Quartet
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  • 65.
    Henze: String Quartets / Arditti Quartet
    Label: Wergo   Catalog: 60114 Release Date: 12/08/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hans Werner Henze
    Performer:  Irvine Arditti,  Alexander Balanescu,  Levine Andrade,  Rohan de Saram
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
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  • 66.
    Arditti String Quartet - Quartets By Rasmussen & Sorensen
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 9003 Release Date: 12/03/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bent Sorensen,  Karl Aage Rasmussen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
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  • 67.
    Ligeti: Streichquartette No 1 And 2 / Arditti Quartet
    Label: Wergo   Catalog: 60079 Release Date: 05/10/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  György Ligeti
    Performer:  Levine Andrade,  Rohan de Saram,  Lennox Mackenzie,  Irvine Arditti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
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  • 68.
    John Cage Edition - The Complete String Quartets Vol 2
    Label: Mode   Catalog: 27 Release Date: 03/15/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Cage
    Performer:  Levine Andrade,  David Alberman,  Rohan de Saram,  Irvine Arditti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
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