The Spring String Quartet

Brief biography of the Spring String Quartet on release of Lee Konitz-Ohad Talmor String Project: Inventions (OmniTone 15215)

"The Spring String Quartet is the only Austrian string quartet that can fiddle, dance and sing, capture the groove of the most offbeat rhythm combinations and finely counterbalances the most exact harmonies." —Irene Suchy, ORF

The four musicians met each other during their music studies at Linz and Vienna.  In December 1997, they gave the first concert as the Spring String Quartet.  Their musical spectrum includes everything between baroque to modern music, including commissioned original works and arrangements of jazz and rock classics.

The concerts of the Spring String Quartet are always a unique experience for the audience.  Vocal interludes and the extention of the instrumental equipment add a very special flavor to this string quartet's performance.  Each program is individually tailored to the respective location and audience.  For an optimal performance, the instruments are usually amplified.

In 2002, their debut CD Train Songs was released by CCn'C records (Germany) and is available worldwide.  The concerts of the Spring String Quartet (eg, full house at the Brucknerhaus Linz) always bring about enthusiastic audiences and best press reviews.  The Spring String Quartet was the winner of the "Concerto Poll 2002" in the
category "Best String & Song-Artist Nationwide."

In spring 2003 the Spring String Quartet performed with American jazz legend Lee Konitz on a three-week tour of Europe.  Performances in New York's Jazz club Birdland and concerts at the Montreal International Jazz Festival (Canada), Festival Sons d'Hiver Paris. and others, followed.

In 2004 the Spring String Quartet toured through Europe again and also produced a new CD called Blue Smoke on Johann Strauss."  The CD has been released by Extraplatte (Austria).

The SSQ also recorded a CD with Lee Konitz (alto sax) and Ohad Talmor (tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet) with pieces by Lee and Ohad entitled Inventions on OmniTone.

[Visit the Spring String Quartet's website at www.ssq.at.]

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