Alma Quartet *

String quartet

Alma Quartet was formed in 2014 and quickly gained reputation as one of the most thrilling ensembles in Holland. Their debut album: Schulhoff Complete String Quartets has received stellar international praise. The Gramophone claimed "this set shoots straight to the top" and also admired the quartet for being "capable of the most seductive playing". The album was chosen for the 2017 Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 'Bestenliste' and was also featured on several German national radio stations including Deutschlandfunk and SWR2, the latter hailing Alma's Schulhoff cycle as the "new reference recording".

Their second album: Alma Quartet: Dutilleux and Glass, just recently released on vinyl, has equally enjoyed immediate critical praise. Receiving 4-stars across the board from major publications, the quartet is noted for their "collective antenna for sophisticated timbres" by the Volkskrant, and for their "carefully forged unity" by the Telegraaf. The album features 'Ainsi la nuit' by Henri Dutilleux and String Quartet No.2 'Company' by Philip Glass.

The quartet has performed at prestigious concert halls including Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Sociedad Filarmónica de Bilbao, Süreyya Opera House Istanbul, as well as clubs and other venues such as Volksbühne Berlin, Theaters Tilburg, Paradiso, Melkweg, Sugarfactory, TrouwAmsterdam, Kulturbrauerei Berlin, Bimhuis and MCO Hilversum.

They have played captivating events such as Schumannfest, Robeco SummerNights, Classical Music Rave, Musicians Without Borders, Philip Glass & Friends, Down The Rabbit Hole, Klassifest, RCO Opening Night, RCO Club Night, Shoeless Festival, Pop-Kultur Festival, Zürcher Theater Spektakel and TRACKS. They are also frequent guests at major (international) radio and television shows including Podium Witteman on live national television.

Alma Quartet has collaborated with diverse artists such as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Lisa Batiashvili, Denis Kozhukhin, Philip Glass, Hauschka, Henrik Schwarz, Dauwd, Mees Dierdorp, Nicolas van Poucke, Nino Gvetadze, Aidan Mikdad and Jorinde Keesmaat.

Highlights of the 2018/2019 season include a full recital and TRACKS directed by Frank Lammers in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, debut performances at Musis Sacrum in Arnhem, Vážnı zájem in Prague and the big hall of the Konzerthaus Berlin with Hauschka.

The quartet will also return to the big hall of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg with producer Henrik Schwarz. Moreover, this season they will release not one but two albums together with Henrik Schwarz: CCMYK and Plunderphonia.

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