Joseph Haydn

String Quartet in D major Der Frosch

Johann Sebastian Bach

Suite III in C major for cello solo BWV 1009

György Kurtág

String Quartet Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky

Franz Schubert

String Quintet in C major, op.163

Kuss Quartet
Miklós Perényi
cello

Kuss Quartet“Each sound, each phrase, each newly conceived repeat seemed to have been cleared of dust, re-examined and lovingly repolished” extolled the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung after a concert by the Berlin-based Kuss Quartet. The ensemble’s readiness to experiment is manifest not only in its engagement with early and new music, but also in its interpretations of the standard quartet repertoire, informed by an awareness that – in their time – many of these works were ground-breaking in their impact. Subtle but distinctively charismatic, the Kuss Quartet is firmly established in the elite of the world’s string quartets.

In 2002, the Kuss Quartet was awarded with first prizes from the Deutscher Musikrat and the Borciani String Quartet Competition.
A Borletti-Buitoni Award followed in 2003, as did the group’s selection for the European Concert Hall Organisation’s Rising Stars programme. The quartet’s career leads the four musicians to all major concert halls worldwide and includes invitations to numerous significant festivals.

The Kuss Quartet’s repertoire ranges from music of the Renaissance to works by Helmut Lachenmann and György Kurtág, with whom the quartet maintains a close relationship. In November 2013, the quartet released their latest recording on the celebrated English label Onyx Classics: The Schubert Quintet, featuring cellist Miklós Perényi, with whom they are connected by a close artistic friendship. Collaborations with other musicians have always been an important source of inspiration for the ensemble. The quartet has toured with such personalities as Kirill Gerstein, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Avi Avital, and soprano Mojca Erdmann with whom they will record a new CD featuring Schönberg and Brahms, in January 2015.

The 2014/2015 season includes concert tours in Europe and Japan, as well as engagements in Ukraine and two appearances in London.


Miklós Perényi

Miklós PerényiIs recognized as one of the great cellists of his generation, with a distinctive, subtly nuanced sound matched by extraordinary musicality. Born in Hungary, he began cello lessons at the age of five with Miklós Zsámboki, a student of David Popper. At the age of nine, he gave his first concert in Budapest and went on to study between 1960 and 1964 with Enrico Mainardi in Rome and, in Budapest, with Ede Banda. In 1963 he became a prize winner at the International Pablo Casals Cello Competition in Budapest. Casals invited him to his master classes in Puerto Rico in 1965 and 1966, and he went on to become a frequent visitor to the Marlboro Festival.

In 1974, Miklós Perényi joined the faculty at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, where he has held a professorship since 1980. He was honored with the Kossuth-Prize in 1980, the Bartók-Pásztory-Prize in 1987 and was awarded as Artist of the Nation by the Hungarian Academy of Arts in 2014.

Perényi has appeared in the world’s major musical centres, performing regularly around Europe, in Japan and China as well as in North and South America.

With a repertoire ranging from the 17th century to the present, he appears as a soloist with orchestra, in solo and duo recitals and in chamber ensembles. Among his closest colleagues is the pianist András Schiff, with whom he recorded Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano (ECM 2005) and won the Cannes Classical Award 2005.

Perényi’s latest solo recording with ECM, of works by Britten, Bach and Ligeti, was released in early 2012 to critical acclaim.

Beyond performing and teaching, he also devotes his energies to composition of works for solo cello and for instrumental ensembles of various sizes.