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November 2022

Sat, 05.11.2022 | Beethovensaal

International great ensemble to guest - Quatuor Diotima & Haiou Zhang

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Streichquartett Nr. 1 a-moll Op.41/1

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Misato Mochizuki (1969*)
Streichquartett Nr. 2 'Brains'

*Uraufführung: Paris (Festival „Présences“), 13. Februar 2017 (Quatuor Diotima)

Auftragswerk von Radio France

Quatuor Diotima

- Intermission -

Joahnnes Brahms (1833-1897)

Klavierquintett f-Moll Op. 34

Quatuor Diotima

Haiou Zhang, Klavier


Admission: 7.00 PM
Start: 7.30 PM



Quatuor Diotima


YunPeng Zhao, Violine
Léo Marillier, Violine
Franck Chevalier, Viola
Pierre Morlet, Violoncello

The Quatuor Diotima is one of the most in-demand chamber ensembles in the world today. It was formed in 1996 by graduates of the Paris National Conservatory.
The quartet’s name evokes a double musical significance: Diotima is at once an allegory of German romanticism – Friederich Hölderlin gives the name to the love of his life in his novel Hyperion- and a rallying cry for the music of our time, brandished by Luigi Nono in his composition Fragmente-Stille, an Diotima.
The Quatuor Diotima has worked in close collaboration with several of the greatest composers of the late twentieth century, notably Pierre Boulez (who revised his Livre pour Quatuor for them) and Helmut Lachenmann. The quartet regularly commissions new works from the most brilliant composers of our time, including Toshio Hosokawa, Miroslav Srnka, Alberto Posadas, Mauro Lanza, Gérard Pesson, Rebecca Saunders and Tristan Murail.
Reflected in the mirror of today’s music, the quartet projects a new light onto the masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries, especially Beethoven, Schubert, the Second Viennese School (Schoenberg, Berg and Webern), as well as Janáček, Debussy, Ravel and Bartók.
In the quartet’s rich discography one finds, notably, their interpretations of the Bartok’s quartets, the Second Viennese School and the definitive version of the Livre pour Quatuor by Pierre Boulez (on Megadisc). Their recordings are regularly praised and awarded by the international musical press: French magazine Diapason’s Diapason d’Or (five awards including two Best of the Year), Classica (Best of the Year), Télérama, Grammophone (Editor’s Choice), The Strad, and many others.
The Quatuor Diotima has recorded exclusively for the Naïve label for ten years; in 2016 they launched their Diotima Collection for that label, devoted to the works of major composers of our time. The first releases in the collection, devoted to Miroslav Srnka and Alberto Posadas, are to be followed with musical portraits of Gérard Pesson, Enno Poppe and Stefano Gervasoni. In 2019, Quatuor Diotima will record works by Rune Glerup, Tristan Murail and Rebecca Saunders.
Since 2008 The Quatuor Diotima has had a privileged relationship with the Région Centre-Val de Loire, which hosts the quartet in residence. This relationship is also an important laboratory for artistic and pedagogical projects. The Quatuor Diotima has developed a series of quartet concerts in Orléans that brings together a new generation of quartets with established ensembles. At the l’Abbaye de Noirlac, the quartet hosts and teaches master-classes that bring together young composers and quartets from around the world.

Haiou Zhang

"The dedication and intensity also showed that he is one of the greats of the new generation of pianists." - Mannheimer Morgen '' His special expressiveness made it clear that Haiou Zhang is about to catch up with the great pianists of our time .''- Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung

With his concerts from Berlin to Paris and Toronto to São Paulo, the pianist Haiou Zhang is one of the most successful Chinese musicians of his generation. His piano playing is considered technically flawless, devoted and authentic.

He gave the first stormy concerts in Germany in 2005 and 2006 at the Braunschweig Classix Festival, followed by invitations to other renowned festivals in Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Kissinger Sommer, Würzburg, Weilburg and in France, Spain and Italy. Since then, Haiou Zhang has been thrilling in many internationally important venues, making his debut in the Philharmonie Berlin, the Philharmonie Essen, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Sala Sao Paulo, Meistersingerhalle Nuremberg and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

Haiou Zhang performs with renowned orchestras such as B. the Russian National Philharmonic under Vladimir Spivakov, the NDR Radiophilharmonie under Andrew Manzeoder with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra, Bochum Symphony Orchestra, the German Chamber Orchestra Berlin, the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, the Orchestra Filharmonica della Calabria, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic, the Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg, the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra and the Macedonia Philharmonic, Ontario Philharmonic, the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia and others.

Further concerts take him to Russia, Estonia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Brazil, Canada, USA, Macedonia, Italy, Switzerland and France.

Haiou Zhang works closely with the vision string quartet, Quatuor Hermès, Meccore String Quartet and Eldbjørg Hemsing, Sarah Christian, Friederike Starkloff, Solenne Païdassi and Leonid Gorokhov.

He played three superlative tours in 2016, 2017 and 2018 in his home country China: More than 40,000 people attended his 40 concerts in the metropolises - for example in the Shanghai Grand Theater and the Beijing Concert Hall. In addition to his concert activities, Haiou Zhang gives master classes in Germany, China, Canada and the USA and is also an honorary professor at the Inner Mongolia Art School. In 2015 he was awarded the Dr. Maria Zbick Award for Artists Awarded in Oberhausen. His likeness is adorned with Chinese postage stamps.

In 2010 the passionate musician founded the international music festival Buxtehude, Altes Land and Harburg to promote young, talented artists.

In spring 2019 his fourth CD was released on the label hänssler CLASSIC with Mozart's piano concertos KV414 and 415: Haiou Zhang Plays Mozart II, in cooperation with the Norddeutscher Rundfunk.


Experience the artistry of Quatuor Diotima and Haiou Zhang!