Established in Zurich in 2008, the GRINGOLTS QUARTET is made up of violinists ILYA GRINGOLTS and ANAHIT KURTIKYAN, violist SILVIA SIMONESCU and cellist CLAUDIUS HERRMANN. Their repertoire extends from the classics to contemporary music by composers such as Marc-André Dalbavie, Jörg Widmann and Jens Joneleit. Recent appearances at the Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals are followed in the 2019–2020 season by visits to Wigmore Hall in London and the Concert Hall in Stockholm. The Gringolts Quartet have received major prizes for their recordings, including the Supersonic and ECHO prizes for their recording of the Quintet of Walter Braunfels with David Geringas in 2012 and the Diapason d’Or for their recording of Quintets by Glazunov and Taneyev with Christian Poltéra in 2016.
The quartet members play a Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ violin from 1742/43 (Gringolts), a Camillo Camilli violin from 1733 (Kurtikyan), a Jacobus Januarius viola from 1660 and a Maggiori cello from 1600, the latter instrument being the one on which Prince Galitsin played in the premieres of Beethoven’s last String Quartets.