These four musicians became interested in studying and presenting string quartet repertoire with a particular emphasis on its original historical environment through their experience as members of the Concerto Köln orchestra. They formed the Marcolini Quartet, offering unique programming based on extensive archival research. Well-known works are contrasted with hitherto unknown masterpieces, thus throwing new light on music which seemed familiar, enriching concert repertoire with exciting rediscoveries and revealing the astounding diversity of musical life in previous centuries.

The Marcolini Quartet

One of the quartet’s basic concerns is to use period instruments, which have their own particular sound. Concentrating on the string quartet repertoire of the 1700’s and 1800’s, they explore the musical rhetoric and sound ideal of the Baroque and Early Classical periods in order to develop an appropriate aesthetic approach. Their main desires are to experience and to share music’s underlying vitality and energy with their audience.

With their unique artistic profile, the Marcolini Quartet soon sent audiences into raptures and rapidly gained wide respect. Repeatedly invited to perform in renowned chamber music recital series and festivals in Germany, Austria and Belgium, the ensemble has recorded two CD’s. They also were engaged to teach at the International Summer Palatinate Academy of Mannheim in 2006.

Their shared love of fine Belgian chocolates inspired the Marcolini Quartet in their choice of name. Whenever their musical activities lead them to Brussels, they invariably pay a visit to the shop of Pierre Marcolini, world champion of chocolatiers.