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Christoph Henschel & Catalin Desaga, violins

Monika Henschel, viola

Mathias Beyer-Karlshoj, cello

NEWS : The Henschel Quartet is delighted to announce their new member, Catalin Desaga, and is excited by the musical expertise and personal qualities he will bring to the quartet.
After 14 years as a touring string quartet player, Daniel Bell has decided the time is right to reduce his travel schedule and focus on his concertmaster career, and has brought his 6-year membership of the Henschel Quartet to a fitting conclusion with their successful tour of Japan in 2016. Both Daniel Bell and the quartet nevertheless look forward to many future years of friendship and musical collaboration.

2015: Henschel Quartet wins the Orlando prize: 

“ The Henschel Quartet is being awarded the Orlando prize for music 2015 for one of the highest  artistic  reaches in the overall musical history of the Dubrovnik Festival ”  more informations 

In 2014 the Henschel Quartett celebrates its 20th anniversary year

The year 1994 marked the foundation of the Henschel Quartett’s international career, when cellist Mathias Beyer-Karlshøj joined the founding members Christoph, Markus, and Monika Henschel, and the quartet devoted itself exclusively to chamber music. In 1995 the quartet won multiple prizes at the international competitions of Evian, Banff, and Salzburg, and the following year won 1st prize and the gold medal at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. Successful debuts in the world’s musical capitals, including an acclaimed BBC live broadcast standing in for the Juilliard Quartet, led their way to the forefront of international chamber music. “This is, no question, one of the best groups in the world, a great string quartet.” (Los Angeles Times).

In 2011 The Henschel Quartett welcomed the celebrated chamber musician Daniel Bell as a new member.

The quartet’s musical journey has included many remarkable highlights. The Henschel Quartett played at the official re-opening of the Anna-Amalia Library in Weimar (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and travelled to Brussels as a Cultural Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany. In March 2010 the quartet was privileged to perform at the Vatican in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI. The Henschel Quartett has regularly been invited to the Royal Palace of Madrid to perform on the four Stradivari of the royal collection. In June 2012 the Henschel Quartett was invited, as the first European quartet in twenty years, to perform Beethoven’s complete string quartets in the prestigious Suntory Hall in Tokyo. In the same year Monika Henschel became the president of the newly-formed Association of German String Quartets, and in 2013 Christoph Henschel was appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Augsburg.

Highlights of last season and the current one include appearances in London, Amsterdam, New York (Carnegie Hall), Washington, DC (National Gallery), Yokohama and Tokyo (Geidai University).

The Henschel Quartett’s recordings have been awarded many prizes, including the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and several CD of the Year Awards (IMW). Their CDs have been recommended in such prominent titles as Gramophone Magazine, the Sunday Times, and the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Forthcoming is a CD of works by Christopher Theofanidis.

The Henschel Quartett regularly accepts invitations to teach at world-class institutions, from Yale University in the USA to the Royal Northern College of Music in England and the University of Melbourne in Australia. The quartet is also engaged in an ongoing dialogue with the Bavarian Ministry of Culture in relation to youth music projects in the quartet’s home city of Munich.

Since 2006 The Henschel Quartett has been contributing as an Ambassador of SOS Children’s Villages.