For eight years, the internationally acclaimed Alinde Quartet has concertized from Cologne across Europe. The quartet has been a laureate of numerous international competitions, most recently garnering the third prize at the 2018 International Chamber Music Competition Pinerolo Torino— the highest prize ever awarded to a string quartet in the competition’s history— after only one year together in their current formation.
The quartet has been invited to perform across Europe at renowned festivals such as Verbier, Aix en Provence, Aldeburgh Residencies, Chamber Music European Meetings in Bordeaux, and Mozartfest Würzburg, and has been received warmly in such halls as Konzerthaus Berlin, the Kölner Philharmonie, WDR Funkhaus Köln (West German Radio Hall), and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.
Informed by their passions for literature, history, and performance practice, audience interaction is fundamental to Alinde's concert model. On-stage and off, they are avid educators; they make their home at the Ida Bieler Music Academy, where they rehearse, teach, and perform. Educational engagements this summer include leading a collaborative youth orchestra comprised of students from the Ida Bieler Academy and AMA Ensemble (Italy) in an Italian tour of Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for string quartet and orchestra, as well as heading up the SummerMusicAcademy Schloss Hundisburg, where they will be performing the principal positions in the orchestra and leading sectionals. In a seasons-long tradition, they regularly compose and perform family concerts under the auspices of WDR.
The Alindes have been fortunate to have studied with two of the greatest names in chamber music: Professors Günther Pichler (Alban Berg Quartett) at the Escuela Superior di Musica Reina Sofia Madrid and Eberhard Feltz at the Musikhochschule “Hanns Eisler” Berlin. In the fall they will continue their masters studies in the class of Prof. Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartett) in Basel. Names like Sir Prof. András Schiff, Erich Höbarth, Ferenc Rados, Christoph Richter, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Richard Gwilt, Alessandro Moccia, Lynn Harrell, and Ida Bieler have also provided formative impulses.
The quartet takes its name from Franz Schubert’s setting of D.Fr. Rochlitz’s poem “Alinde” (D904).