Philipp Bohnen – violin
Barbara Buntrock – viola
Peter-Philipp Staemmler – cello
Gerhard Vielhaber – piano
The Mariani Piano Quartet, founded in 2009, numbers among the few permanent ensembles of its kind, and since its formation has made a name for itself with its stylish and passionate playing. It first attracted greater attention at the German Music Competition in the spring of 2011. After the individual members of the ensemble had been successful there as soloists in previous years, the piano quartet was also awarded a scholarship. Since then, the ensemble has made regular guest appearances at prestigious festivals such as the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, as well as in Europe’s major chamber music venues, including the Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie in Berlin, Beethoven Haus in Bonn, and the Philharmonie de Luxembourg.
Numerous radio recordings by the North German Radio (NDR) and Southwest German Radio (SWR) testify to the high quality of the live concerts by the Mariani Piano Quartet, which time and again attempts to achieve a fine balance between the classics and the unknown. The critics have remarked upon the “esprit and passion,” “vivacity and joy of playing,” “penetrating intensity,” and “lifeblood in nearly every note.”
The work of the Mariani Piano Quartet is meanwhile documented by a considerable discography. Besides a number of classics, such as the Piano Quartets by Robert Schumann and Gabriel Fauré, to be found on their albums are also absolute rarities like the Piano Quartets by Martinů and Enescu as well as new discoveries such as the two works by Emilie Mayer.
Among the great highlights of the current season are the release of the album “Idée fixe vol. 2" with works by Enescu and Fauré as well as the quartet’s debut in the Chamber Music Hall of the Elbphilharmonie.