Koehne Quartet
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Koehne Quartet

General Information

Year of Foundation:  1987


The Koehne Quartet was founded in 1987 by Joanna Lewis, counts as one of today's outstanding interpreters of contemporary music in continental Europe. The quartet's list of repertoire is now expansive, ranging from classical quartet repertoire through to the 21st century. Since its formation the quartet has encouraged and enjoyed building up an intense working relationship with the composers whose compositions they perform, aiming for authentic and original interpretations.


What began with the string quartets of Graeme Koehne – one of Australia's most renowned, diverse and versatile composers - consequently lead to Austrian Contemporaries such as Friedrich Cerha, Kurt Schwertsik, Francis Burt, Thomas Pernes, Gerd Kühr, Thomas Larcher and Wolfgang Liebhart. The quartet’s method of working, breaking new ground together with the composers, was also strongly influenced by attending master classes with Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet), the Amadeus and the Brodsky Quartet, with Hatto Beyerle and György Kurtág.


The Koehne Quartet also works regularly with international jazz musicians such as Dave Liebman, Wayne Horvitz, Peter Herbert, Anthony Braxton, Georg Graewe, Max Nagl and Otto Lechner, and with world musicians Marcel Khalife, Marwan Abado and Dhafer Youssef.


Source: Homepage of the ensemble (September 2017)

Lineup/Description of Style

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The repertoire of the quartet spans a great musical arc from classical composers for string quartets to works of the 20th and 21st century.

Discography, Performances, Projects

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