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date: 10 April 2020

Amadeus Quartetlocked

  • Tully Potter

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British string quartet. It was founded in London in 1947 by Norbert Brainin (b Vienna, 12 March 1923; d Harrow, Middx, 10 April 2005), Siegmund Nissel (b Vienna, 3 Jan 1922; d London, 21 May 2008), (Hans) Peter Schidlof (b Mödling, 9 July 1922; d Bassenthwaite, Cumbria, 15 Aug 1987) and Martin Lovett (b London, 3 March 1927). The violinists and viola player came to Britain from Austria just before the war and were pupils of Max Rostal. Lovett, who had studied with his father and at the RCM with Ivor James, was also of immigrant stock and was in Rostal's orbit as a member of his chamber orchestra. Brainin, who had previously studied with Riccardo Odnoposoff and Rosa Hochmann (and briefly with Carl Flesch), and Schidlof were both brilliant violinists; but the latter agreed to take the viola part and became a leading exponent of that instrument. As the Brainin Quartet, the four gave their first concert at the Dartington Summer School on ...

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