Henschel Quartett - Artists

Henschel Quartet

The Henschel Quartett, an ensemble founded in Germany by three Henschel siblings, began its international career in 1994, when the cellist Mathias Beyer-Karlshøj joined Christoph, Monika, and Markus Henschel, and the quartet began to devote itself exclusively to chamber music. In 1995 they won several prizes at the international competitions of Evian, Banff, and Salzburg, and the next year won 1st prize and the gold medal at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition.

Their successful debuts in the world's musical capitals, including an acclaimed BBC live broadcast standing in for the Juilliard Quartet, led their way to the forefront of international chamber music. "This is, no question, one of the best groups in the world, a great string quartet", writes the Los Angeles Times.

In 2011, the group welcomed the celebrated chamber musician Daniel Bell as a new member and in 2014, the Henschel Quartett celebrated its 20th anniversary year.

The quartet's musical journey has included many significant events. The Henschel Quartett played at the official reopening of the Anna-Amalia Library in Weimar (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and went to Brussels as a Cultural Ambassador for the Federal Republic of Germany. In March 2010 the quartet was privileged to perform at the Vatican in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI. The quartet has regularly been invited to the Royal Palace of Madrid to perform on the four Stradivari, part of the royal collection. In June 2012 the Henschel Quartett was invited, as the first European quartet in twenty years, to perform Beethoven's complete string quartets in the prestigious Suntory Hall in Tokyo. In the same year, Monika Henschel became the president of the newly-formed Association of German String Quartets, and in 2013 Christoph Henschel has been appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Augsburg.

The Henschel Quartets recordings have been awarded many prizes, including the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and several CD of the Year Awards (IMW).