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|Yusuke Hayashi, violin|
Artiom Shishkov, violin
Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg, viola
Gavriel Lipkind, Violincello
Founded by cellist Gavriel Lipkind, (www.lipkind.info), this unusual string quartet has come to stand apart because of the radical and deep thought it invests in every stage of its work; starting with social and inter-personal aspects of working in a quartet and ending with the finest subtleties of an inspired bow stroke.
“ ... not only the reasons which brought musicians to play in a quartet have changed, also the science of psycho-acoustics and instrumental knowledge have evolved. Finally, being a musician, working as a musician, and collaborating with other musicians in a chamber group on a regular basis in the 21st century, are light-years away from the realities of the past. The traditional ways of working in a quartet, which are based on these past realities, require a fundamental review and a radical re-thinking in order to fit the way quartets can live and sound today.” (Gavriel Lipkind)
Quartet-playing as a musical form goes back as far as the late Baroque period. While the different practices of working within a quartet are the result of a long evolution over many decades, many of these practices and traditions compromise the quality of a quartet’s output. Modern quartets follow traditional models believing that these cannot be further optimised. The Lipkind Quartet has been looking for new ways to improve and optimise the interpretative process, administrative work-flow, social structure and therefore performance quality of this musical form, leading to the Lipkind Quartet’s distinctive, intrinsically scientific and yet individualistic approach to working and performing within a quartet.
These young players, when seated together, have been described as “a one-headed, 16-stringed monster with eight hands, four bows and a warm beating heart.” All four members of the Lipkind Quartet come to the ensemble as established musicians; recognised leaders with extensive experience in their respective fields. In their solo careers, each of them has challenged the accepted career trends and pursued a more individual non-traditional path in search of a genuine artistic statement. Yet the main idea behind the Lipkind Quartet’s motivation is for four people to conform and follow a clearly designed work structure in order to be able to uncompromisingly produce and create chamber music of the highest order over many years. The rehearsal process is organised and guided by Gavriel Lipkind. As noted by a fellow musician: “…the ability of these four dominant players to go deeper into the musical tissue, while fully avoiding social clashes, must be the main reason for a recognisably unique sound, captivating in its clarity of musical thought as well as its instrumental power and flair.”
Besides many concert performances in the 2008/09 season the Lipkind Quartet also took part at various Music Festivals, among others the Gaia Festival (Thun, Switzerland), the Zeister Muziekdagen (the Netherlands) and special events in Germany, Israel, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The Quartet also took part in radio productions and performances in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. During the 2010/11 season the Lipkind Quartet toured through Central Europe, Norway and debuted in the USA, Japan and Russia.
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