Annegret Klenke – first violin
Beate Hartmann – second violin
Yvonne Uhlemann – viola
Ruth Kaltenhäuser – cello
The immediate response of the musical world to the Klenke Quartet’s recording of Mozart’s well-known string quartets was one of acclaim and superlatives.
In the view of the music magazine, Rondo: „With their precise, controlled, and masterly grasp of the music, the four women of Weimar moved international critics to a storm of enthusiasm.“ According to Deutschland Radio: „They are four equally talented musicians, who interact in the most marvellous, indeed, most exquisite fashion.“ „Historically informed! Beautifully poised!“ exclaimed Gramophone. Fono Forum in its Recommendation of the Month, declared them to be „scaling the musical heights“ and added: „These four string players have contributed a truly remarkable enrichment to a musical catalogue already well stocked with fine interpretations.“ The reviewer of Kulturspiegel commented: „Four players splendidly in harmony with each other, they bring, with their dynamic tempi, both the form and individual features of the works to consummate expression.“ The Quartet achieved surely the most significant mark of recognition in January 2007 at MIDEM in Cannes, the world’s largest and most important music festival, where they received the Classical Award in the category, „Jury Nomination.“
2018 saw the release of a box with all 6 Mozart String Quintets. Harald Schoneweg performs the 2nd viola part. The CD has been Disc of the Week at BBC 3 and Radio 4. The Dutch radio program Diskotabel gave the highest rates.
In 2021 the Klenke Quartett will celebrate the 30th anniversary.
The four musicians who make up the Klenke Quartet are all graduates of the Franz Liszt College of Music in Weimar.
Their distinctive artistic characters were formed in working with Norbert Brainin (Amadeus Quartet), Ulrich Beetz (Abegg Trio), Harald Schoneweg (Cherubini Quartet), and Sándor Devich (Bártok Quartet). Since their debut in 1994, they have performed mostly at prestigious German musical events, such as the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival of Music, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Kissingen Sommer Festival and the Würzburg and Saxony Mozart festivals, as well as appearing in the Beethoven House in Bonn, and in the President’s Bellevue Palace, and many other venues. In addition, they have been on concert tours through the whole of Europe and North and South America.