Their success in winning some great competitions – in Munich (ARD), Evian (Concours International de Quatuor à cordes) and Reggio Emilia (Premio Paolo Borciani) – was what initiated their international career. In addition to numerous performances in Germany, the Mandelring Quartet’s concert tours have taken them to European musical centres such as Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Madrid, Paris and Vienna. The metropolises of New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Tokyo also figure in their concert diary, as do regular tours to Middle and South America, the Near East and Asia.
Festival appearances include Lockenhaus, Montpellier, Montreal, Ottawa, the Oleg-Kagan-Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Enescu Festival in Bucharest and the Salzburg Festival.
Numerous CD recordings, awarded the German Music Critics’ Prize and nominations for the International Classical Music Award, confirm the Quartet’s exceptional quality and wide-ranging repertoire. Their recording of the complete string quartets of Shostakovich has been hailed by the press as one of the outstanding complete recordings of our time. Their records of works by Schubert and Schumann have been selected as new benchmark performances, and their recent recording of the string quartets of Leoš Janáček has also received a range of awards. Their next project is a complete recording of the string quintets and sextets of Johannes Brahms.
The HAMBACHERMusikFEST, founded by the Mandelring Quartet in 1997, is a meeting point every year for lovers of chamber music from all over the world. Since 2010 the Quartet has presented its own regular series of concerts at the Berlin Philharmonie and in its home town of Neustadt on Weinstrasse. The quartet has also several times performed the complete cycle of all fifteen Shostakovich quartets in venues including Berlin and the Salzburg Festival.
From the start of the 2015/16 season the Mandelring Quartet’s viola player is Andreas Willwohl. Andreas Willwohl was principal viola in the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra from 2001 to 2012 and in 2011 was appointed professor at the Nuremberg Musikhochschule. He has won prizes at numerous national and international competitions, including the Concours International de Bordeaux.