The Hagen Quartet came into being in 1981, soon achieving success in a number of competitions and signing an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, which over the course of a 20-year relationship produced 45 CDs. Through its long engagement with the inexhaustibly rich quartet repertoire, the Hagen Quartet has developed and retained a distinctive character, not least in its collaboration with such musicians as Nikolaus Harnononcourt, György Kurtág, Maurizio Pollini., Mitsuko Uchida, Krystian Zimerman, Heinrich Schiff and Jörg Widmann.

In concert and on disc, the Hagen Quartett presents stimulating and sensitively conceived programmes, embracing the history of the quartet from Haydn to Kurtág and regularly featuring the works of composers of the younger generation, including a number of world premieres ... read full bio