WOLFRAM BRANDL, Violin
KRZYSZTOF SPECJAL, Violin
YULIA DEYNEKA, Viola
CLAUDIUS POPP, Cello
Born of a great orchestral tradition, the String Quartet of the Staatskapelle Berlin began taking shape about ten years ago, when its members first performed together in Daniel Barenboim's chamber music cycle.
Since then, the four string section leaders of the Staatskapelle Berlin – Wolfram Brandl and Krzysztof Specjal, violins;Yulia Deyneka, viola; and Claudius Popp, cello – have grown together as a fixed ensemble.
The idea of forming a string quartet that would not merely represent the Staatskapelle Berlin in the exclusive string quartet world, but would find a firm place in Berlin's venerable string quartet tradition, came from Maestro Barenboim himself.
When it comes to sound quality, stylistic diversity, expressiveness, and ensemble playing, the Quartet draws on a centuries-old heritage, while at the same time embodying the Staatskapelle Berlin's modern sound culture and aesthetic.
The Quartet will be starting its own concert cycle at Berlin's new Pierre Boulez Hall in 2017. During its first season, it will be presenting all of Schubert's string quartets plus quintets featuring such guest soloists as Daniel Barenboim and soprano Christiane Karg.