Founded in 1988, the Minguet Quartet is among the most internationally sought-after string quartets, and performs worldwide at all the great concert halls. The group takes its name from Pablo Minguet, an 18th-century Spanish philosopher who attempted in his writings to make the arts accessible to the masses – an idea which the Minguet Quartet is also committed to through its concert tours.
Projects during the 2022/23 season have included concerts at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Prinzregententheater in Munich and the Arnold Schoenberg Centre in Vienna, returns to the Meistersingerhalle in Nuremberg and the Alte Oper Frankfurt, and appearances at Pour L’Art in Lausanne, the Meister & Kammerkonzerte Festival in Innsbruck, the Schubertiade Sion and the 2023 Schumannfest in Düsseldorf. The Minguet Quartet marks the end of the season with a return to the Salzburg Festival, where the group most recently performed in 2021.
In the 2020/21 season the Minguet Quartet appeared at venues and festivals such as the Cologne Philharmonie, the International Brucknerfest Linz, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Rheingau Music Festival. Past concert tours have taken the Quartet to all the great concert halls in Europe, Japan, Central and South America, Canada and the USA, including the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Berlin State Opera and the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Bozar in Brussels, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Southbank Centre in London, the Library of Congress in Washington and the University of Hong Kong.
Invitations to perform at renowned festivals have taken the Quartet to the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Grafenegg Festival, the Mozart Festival Würzburg, the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation’s contemporary music festival DIALOGE, the Festival d’Automne in Paris, the Tongyeong International Music Festival in Korea, the Herrenchiemsee Festival, the Schwetzingen Festival and the Chamber Music Week at Schloss Elmau.
The Minguet Quartet concentrates equally on Romantic and modern repertory, and has given numerous world premieres of contemporary works. Encounters with important contemporary composers constantly inspire the Quartet to come up with new programmes. Among its most important projects have been the first complete recordings of the string quartets of Wolfgang Rihm, Peter Ruzicka and Jörg Widmann, and recordings of the complete string quartet literature of Felix Mendelssohn, Josef Suk and Heinrich von Herzogenberg. In autumn 2022 the Quartet released a recording of the chamber music of Walter Braunfels, and in January 2023 it released a CD featuring string quartets by Glenn Gould and Heinrich Kaminski.
In 2010 the Minguet Quartet received an ECHO Klassik, in 2015 the ensemble was awarded the French Diapason d’Or, and in 2020 it was selected for the Reload scholarship programme of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.