Statements (2012)

Haydn, Webern, Sollima

Cuarteto Quiroga

The award winning Cuarteto Quiroga, one of the boldest, most personal and individual quartet sounds of Europe’s ne­west string quartet generation, presents this highly profiled CD program which features a musical trip in four stages, to state and claim the aesthetical recuperation for performance practice of the very nature that constitutes string quartet as musical genre: Challenge. These four works are the State­ment of three composers confronted with the Challenge of their time.
The op.20 nr 2 was one of Haydn’s most interes­ting statements as a response to the challenge of integrating the old forms into a new style of music writing, to configure a new stylistic horizon.

Webern’s Langsamer Satz, the state­ment of a young composer facing the challenge of a musical language about to collapse. Here Webern is the keystone that leads into a fascinating solution, turn of a new era. His own Op.5 represents the Statement of what he himself saw later as the natural way of writing new music. Poetry and Culture of Composition combined in the most expressive minutes of quartet music ever written.

And finally, Giovanni Sollima, the voice that has stated a possible, brilliantly eclectic way of ap­proaching the challenge of composition for a generation who cannot escape the mediatic influence of popular music.

Four musical Statements in the Statement of a quartet for our time who gives us in this first-recording a sharp, individual and bold reading of String Quartet as a cultural phenomenon: testimony of our european culture, challenge of our future ways.


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Cuarteto Quiroga

Aitor Hevia violin
Cibrán Sierra violin
Josep Puchades viola
Helena Poggio violoncello

The Cuarteto Quiroga has established itself as one of the most dynamic and unique  quartets of its generation. The quartet has won international acclaim from critics and  audiences alike for its distinctive personality as well as its bold and original approach to the string quartet repertoire. 

The group takes its name from the Galician violinist Manuel Quiroga, one of the most outstanding string players in Spanish music history together with Pau Casals and Pablo Sarasate. 

Since its foundation, the Cuarteto Quiroga has studied with Professor Rainer Schmidt at  the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid and the ProQuartet-CEMC, Prof. 

Walter Levin at the Musikakademie der Stadt Basel, and Prof. Hatto Beyerle at the  European Chamber Music Academy. The quartet has also been influenced by András Keller, Johannes Meissl, Eberhard Feltz, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados. 

Prizewinners of several major international string quartet competitions (Bordeaux, Paolo Borciani, Geneva, Fnapec-Paris, Palau Barcelona), the ensemble regularly appears at main halls and festivals in Europe and South America (Frick Collection New York, Wigmore HallLondon, Philarmonie Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Doelen Rotterdam, Les Invalides Paris, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Heidelberger Frühling, Davos Festival, Auditori de Barcelona, Washington DC’s National Gallery, Stockholm’s Nybrokajen, Teatro Solís Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Bogotá, among others). The quartet has been recorded and broadcast by RNE, SWR2, SwedishRadio, FranceMusique, WDR, MEZZO TV, etc. Since season 2011-2012, the quartet has been Ensemble-in-Residence at the Miguel Delibes Auditorium in Valladolid (Spain).

Aitor Hevia

He started learning violin under the guidance of his father, J. Ramón Hevia. He continued his studies with I. Nashouskin, finishing his degree at the “Conservatorio Superior de Música de Oviedo”. He would later study with Keiko Wataya at the “Conservatorium van Amsterdam” where he graduated “Cum Laude”. He attended violin masterclasses with A. Mikline, León Ara, Boris Garlitzky, Ilya Grubert and Charles-André Linale. He has been awarded scholarships by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, the Principality of Asturias and “Cajastur”. His recording of Vivaldi´s Four Seasons together with Forma Antiqva has been recently release to critical acclaim. “The best Four Seasons on history” (Diverdi. Eduardo Torrico.) As soloist he has performed with several orchestras, both in Spain and abroad, Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, Sibelius Concerto and Prokofiev Concerto nº 1. He has been member of the JONDE ( Spanish National Youth Orchestra ) and EUYO ( European Union Youth Orchestra ), working with conductors such C. Maria Giulini, Sir Collin Davis, B. Haitink and V. Ashkenazy. Since his early steps as a musician, he was fascinated by chamber music, finding a unique way of expression. In 2003 he founded the Cuarteto Quiroga, now established as one of the most dynamic groups of its generation. The ensemble regularly appears at mail halls and festivals in Europe and America, among others Wigmore Hall London, Philarmonie Berlin, Concertgebouw Doelen Rotterdam, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Auditori Barcelona, Palau de la Musica, Heidelberg Frühling, Stockholmis Nybrokajen, Frick Collection New York, Teatro Solís Montevideo, Buenos Aires, etc… In 2007 the Cuarteto Quiroga was awarded the Spanish National Radio Cultural Prize ( Premio Ojo Crítico ). Studies with Professors Rainer Schmidt, Walter Levine and Hatto Beyerle have deeply influence the musical personality of both Aitor Hevia and the Cuarteto Quiroga. Deeply committed with teaching, Aitor Hevia has been Keiko Wataya´s assistant at her violin class of Musikene. He is currently string quartet teacher at the “Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón” and at the International Summer Academy of Llanes.

Cibran Sierra

Born in Ourense (Galicia), studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Música in Vigo, Galicia (B.Mus.), Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Netherlands (M.Mus.), Oberlin College, US (Artist Diploma) and Univeristy of Göteborg, Sweden (Soloist Diploma). He specialized in chamber music with postgraduate studies at the Basel MusikHochschule, Switzerland, the Escuela Reina Sofia in Madrid and the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA).

Main violin teacher include Milan Vitek, Per Enoksson and Keiko Wataya. Chamber music studies with Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet) and Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet), have profoundly influenced his musical personality.

He has been awarded several prizes as violinist, such as the Guido Vecchi Prize (Göteborg, 2003), 1st Prize at Voldrich Competition (Sweden), Bärenreiter Prize (Jenuesses Musicales, Spain 2000) or Dean’s Talent Award (Oberlin, USA, 2002) , etc. As soloist he’s performed with orchestras in Spain and Scandinavia, most notably with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (GSO, with whom he played Bartók’s 1st violin concerto). In Gothenburg he also offered the premiére of Roger Johansson’s Violin Concerto (2004) which was dedicated to him. He has also given recittals in Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, Netherlands, USA, etc. and collaborated with several esembles and chamber music groups such as the Casals Quartet, Meta4, Forma Antiqva, Quatuor Ardeo or the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

As concertmaster and principal he has collaborated with several orchestras (Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra-GSO, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, The Oberlin Opera, and several others), working closely with conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gustavo Dudamel, Lawrence Foster, Andrew Manze, Paul Polivnick, James Ross, Sir Colin Davis or Jordi Savall, among others.

With the firm commitment of paying tribute to the great Galician violinist Manuel Quiroga, he found the Cuarteto Quiroga, prizewinner of several of the most prestigious international competitions for String Quartet (Bordeaux, Geneva, Paolo Borciani, Beijing, Paris), the Spanish Radio Culture Prize (Ojo Crítico 2007) and the Gold Medal of the Palau in Barcelona. The Cuarteto Quiroga tours regularly worldwide, performing at the most important venues and festivals of the international scene (Wigmore Hall London, Philharmonie Berlin, Frick Collection New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Doelen Rotterdam, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Beijing National Concert Hall, Teatro Solís Montevideo, Nybrokajen Estocolmo, Il Gonfallone di Roma, etc.), has recently released their CD “Statements” (Cobra Records) with unanimous applause from critics and audiences, and is considered one of the most dynamic, bold and important quartets of Europe’s newest genereation. Among their more immediate projects we can list concerts and tours in Australia, US, United Arab Emirates, and residencies in Holland (Orlando Festival) and France (Festival de Luberon).

Cibrán Sierra is founder and artistic director of the Chamber Music Season “Sen Batuta” held in his Galician hometown of Ourense. As a teacher he worked at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and currently holds the String Quartet chair at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón in Zaragoza, Spain. He gives regularly chamber music masterclasses worlwide (Spanish National Youth Orchestra-JONDE, Madrid, Oviedo and Málaga Conservatories, Universities of Houston and Washington in Seattle, Orlando Festival-Holland, etc.) and has been a jury member at the Llanes International Violin Competition and the Spanish Radio Culture Prize Ojo Crítico 2009.

He plays the Nicola Amati “Arnold Rosé” violin (Cremona, 1682), thanks to the generous loan of Paola Modiano’s heirs.

Helena Poggio

Born in Madrid, she started her violoncello studies at the age of eight at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid and finished them in 1999 with a Degree’s Extraordinary Prize. She studied for five years at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, under the direction of Frans Helmerson. In Bloomington, Indiana University, she obtained an “Artist Diploma” with T. Tsutsumi and then a “Master of music” at the Juilliard School, New York, studying with J. Krosnick and D.Adkins. She has received lessons from N.Shakovskaya, D. Geringas, L. Claret , B. Greenhouse, J. Starker, P. Müeller and B. Pergamenschikov. First Prize at several competitions as the National String Instruments Competition “Ciudad de Játiva”, the Spanish and Latin American Music Competition at the Indiana University and First Prize and Audience Prize at the International Bow Instruments Competition “Julio Cardona” in Portugal. She has performed recitals at several halls in Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Bosnia, USA and has recorded for RN2 Spanish National Radio. As a member of the Cuarteto Quiroga she regularly performs at the most importants halls in Europe. As an orchestra member she has participated at the Verbier Festival Orchestra and as a principal cellist of the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra and the Spoleto US Orchestra working with conductors as J.Levine, K.Masur, Z.Metha, C.Dutoit. Fulbright scholar, Helena enjoys teaching chamber music as much as performing with the Cuarteto Quiroga. She currently teaches at the High Conservatory of Music of Aragón and at the International Summer Course of Llanes (Asturias).

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Statements (2012)

Haydn, Webern, Sollima

Cuarteto Quiroga (may 2016) -

"The small selection of outstanding, under the slogan, Statements' subsumed quartets not only their respective point values ??are discussed in the well over 250 years constantly evolving discipline, but also made immense demands on the interpretive skills. Maximum range of expression, balance of individual voices, articulatory precision and uncommon transparency prove time outlasting paradigms that brought the genre already 1810, purest, most perfect presentation '(AmZ)." "Thus, it is only logical to juxtapose different stations of a class story that can be tied together in their advanced aspirations. And the Cuarteto Quiroga can prove how confident it is understood to move between musical styles."

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    El Cultural (El Mundo)

A record adventure to be acclaimed. A truly agile, refreshing and transparent interpretation: just as it should be.


Welcome to the trenches: the splendid Cuarteto Quiroga shows off his versatility and sonic richness. Magnificent and exiting the consecutive listening of Haydn and Webern. A debut CD to be praised and saluted in the battlefield of discography.

    Babelia (El País)

Here you have performances of the highest possible level.

    Ritmo (Spain)

The Cuarteto Quiroga has just recorded a beautiful and exellent CD. A truly successful combination of elegance and good taste.

    De Volkskrant

Few string quartets manage to achieve such a sophisticated, meticulous sound as the Cuarteto Quiroga on their debut CD (...) which can be listened to as an aesthetic manifesto. (...) One could not wish anything more in terms of unity and insight into performance.

    Klassieke Zaken

It is virtually unimaginable how easily the tones flow from the hands of the Cuarteto Quiroga (...) we just hear a string quartet playing of a rarley heard beauty.

Statements (2012)

Haydn, Webern, Sollima

Cuarteto Quiroga

Digital Converters: dCS 904 AD / 954 DA
Mastering Engineer: Tom Peeters
Mastering Equipment: KEF Reference series 107
Microphones: B&K 4003, modified by Rens Heijnis
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom made
Producer: Tom Peeters
Recording Engineer: Tom Peeters
Recording location: Reswoude, The Netherlands
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Divertimento a quattro - Moderato
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Divertimento a quattro - Capriccio - Adagio
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Divertimento a quattro - Menuet - Allegretto
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Divertimento a quattro - Fuga a 4 tro soggetti
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Langsamer Satz
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Funf Satze fur Streichquartett Op: 5 - Heftig bewegt
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Funf Satze fur Streichquartett Op: 5 - Sehr langsam
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Funf Satze fur Streichquartett Op: 5 - Sehr bewegt
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Funf Satze fur Streichquartett Op: 5 - Sehr langsam
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Funf Satze fur Streichquartett Op: 5 - In zarter Bewegung
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Sonnets et Rondeaux - I Sonnet
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Sonnets et Rondeaux - II Rondeau, Allegro
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Sonnets et Rondeaux - III Sonnet, Lento
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Sonnets et Rondeaux - V Sonnet
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Sonnets et Rondeaux - VI Rondeau, Allegro
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