Stefan Kirpal, Violine, Gundula Kirpal, Violine
Alba González i Becerra, Viola, Stephen Ristau, Violoncello
“It was definitely a stroke of luck that pieced these four young musicians together into an ensemble”(Süddeutsche Zeitung)
This stroke of luck happened in Munich in 1998, when four idealists decided to dedicate themselves together to chamber music, their shared passion. The quartet owes its name to the longtime friendship with the late Rudolph C. Bettschart, co-owner of the Swiss publishing house Diogenes.
Its individual style shows the influence of the collaboration with outstanding pedagogues and ensembles, as the Amadeus Quartet and the La Salle Quartet. On the other hand the Diogenes Quartet worked extensively on the development of a completely own musical expression. The four musicians started to appear on international stages in France, Greece, the United Kingdom, Italy, Austria and Switzerland from very early on. The quartet played in illustrious halls, such as the Cologne Philharmonics, and at festivals, such as the Mozartfest Würzburg, the European Weeks in Passau or the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier.
Since its establishment the Diogenes Quartet has acquired a large share of the string quartet repertoire and broadened the range of chamber music through the collaboration with pianist Andreas Kirpal, amongst other things with a series of concerts at the Gasteig in Munich. In addition to the standard repertoire the quartet puts a stress on the performance of unknown and contemporary compositions.
The chamber music partners include Tyler Duncan (baritone), Lydia Dubrovskaya (violin), Priya Mitchell (violin), Anna Prohaska (soprano), Hariolf Schlichtig (viola), Nabil Shehata (contrabass), as well as the Buchberger Quartet.
Together with the Auryn, Henschel, Klenk, Kuss, Leipziger, Mandelring, Minguet and the Vogler Quartets, the Diogenes Quartet is co-founder of the VDSQ (Verband Deutscher Streichquartette e.V. – Association of German String Quartets), which came to life in March 2012.