Arcanto Quartett

string quartet
It was only after trying out together the different chamber formations, among them (since the summer of 2002) the quartet medium, that Antje Weithaas, Daniel Sepec, Tabea Zimmermann and Jean-Guihen Queyras founded the Arcanto Quartett. This group comprising four musicians who first made their name as soloists immediately attracted considerable attention: beyond their love of music and their mutual friendship, its members share the pleasure of measuring themselves against the rigorous standards of the string quartet repertoire.
Their first concert (at Stuttgart, in June 2004) met with great success. In the course of the following season, the quartet appeared at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, the Vredenburg in Utrecht, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Brussels Royal Conservatory, the Ludwigsburg Schloßfestspiele, Leif Ove Andsnes’s chamber music festival in Risør, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and in Milan. In 2006/07, they could be heard at the Cologne Philharmonie, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Megaron in Athens, the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, and on their first tour of Japan (November 2006).

Antje Weithaas studied the violin with Werner Scholtz in Berlin, before embarking on a career that has taken her throughout Europe as well as to Japan, Singapore, and South Africa. In addition to the great classics, her repertoire includes rare gems by composers like Korngold, Hartmann and Schoeck. Antje Weithaas has taught at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin since 2004.

A pupil of Dieter Vorholz and Gerhard Schulz, Daniel Sepec was appointed leader of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie of Bremen in 1993. Fascinated by the rich heritage of Baroque music, he also appears regularly as leader of the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble under Thomas Hengelbrock.

Tabea Zimmermann received her musical training from Ulrich Koch and Sándor Végh. She devotes a considerable portion of her activity to contemporary music, having given the premiere of the Sonata for solo viola that Ligeti dedicated to her (1994) and of works by Sally Beamish, Wolfgang Rihm, and Heinz Holliger, among others. Tabea Zimmermann has played in the world’s foremost concert halls. Since 2002 she has taught at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin.

After studying in Lyon and Freiburg and at the Juilliard School in New York, Jean-Guihen Queyras became a soloist in the Ensemble InterContemporain in Paris, under the direction of Pierre Boulez. The repertoire and performance techniques of the Baroque repertoire are as familiar to him as contemporary music. This double experience enables him to bring a fresh eye to the standard classics. He is a professor at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart.