Gábor Sipos - violin
Zsuzsanna Berentés - violin
Csaba Gálfi - viola
Ákos takács - violoncello
The violinist, composer and conductor, Leopold Auer, was one of the most significant Hungarian musicians at the beginning of the twentieth century. In 1918 he emigrated to the USA where he became a renowned professor of violin at the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute. Nathan Milstein and Jascha Heifetz were among his pupils.
The AUER Quartet was founded by students from the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest in 1990. Between 1991 and 1994 they attended master classes with the Amadeus Quartet at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1991 they won first prize at the Franz Liszt Academy Competition and in the following year were awarded second prize at the Viotti Chamber Music Competition in Vercelli.
In 1993 they won second prize at the Evian Competition together with the special prize awarded by the Jury of the Press as well as the prize for the best Mozart interpretation. In 1996 the Hungarian Musician Association named them Best Ensemble of the year.
In April 1997 the Quartet won first prize at the 7th International String Quartet Competition in London, organised by Lord Yehudi Menuhin. They also received special awards and numerous concert engagements throughout Europe.
The AUER Quartet has already toured the UK, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Japan.
In 2000 they played in Rome, Geneva, at the Louvre, at Schwetzingen Festival and at Wigmore Hall and toured Australia.
They have played at Festivals in Bath, Estoril, Menton, Stavanger, Schwetzingen and at the Beethovenfest.
They have recorded Leo Weiner's Complete String Quartets for Hungaroton.
In 2000 the AUER Quartet was awarded the Liszt Prize of the Hungarian State.