Tsuyoshi Moriya, violin
Dimitri Pavlov, violin
Gregor Hrabar, viola
Ruiko Matsumoto, cello
The Quartet Berlin-Tokyo was suggested this name by the Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa during an invitation at the Takefu International Music Festival in Japan. But there is more about the name than the simple reference to the two metropolises: it is about the long distance running between them, which represents the issue that the young artists are engaged with. In fact, it is not coincidental that they feel committed to the music of Béla Bartók and his striving for a synthesis between the East and the West.
The ensemble was founded in 2011 by four students of the two conservatories in Berlin. Only a few months later, they celebrated an initial success at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich where they have been awarded the prize of Jeunesses Musicales Germany, followed by the first prize and an Audience Award at the Orlando International String Quartet Competition in 2014. Other prizes that the quartet received include the second-and-audience prize at the Salieri-Zinetti International Competition in Verona, the second prize at the Young Concert Artists Audition in New York, the third prize at the Franz Schubert Competition in Graz, the second prize and the Best interpretation of Carl Nielsen prize at the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition in Copenhagen, the third prize at the International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition and, finally, the special prize Prix Irène Steels-Wilsing at the 8th edition of Quatuors à Bordeaux Competition in France.
The Quartet Berlin-Tokyo has also received several scholarships, by the Matsuo Academic Foundation (Tokyo), by the Ottilie Selbach Redslob Foundation in Germany and by the Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation. In 2015 the quartet became HSBC Laureates of the Aix en Provence Festival, in France.
The ensemble has performed at numerous national and international concert venues, including the Hamburg Laeiszhalle, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In addition, the four young musicians are regularly invited to prestigious festivals such as the Aix en Provence Festival (France), the Oslo Chamber Music Festival (Norwey), the Takefu International Music Festival (Japan), the Heidelberger Frühling (Germany) and the Davos Festival (Switzerland), where they also performed the 5-and-a-half-hours quartet by Morton Feldman.
The musicians have been inspired and have received guidance by Oliver Wille, David Alberman, András Keller, Gerhard Schulz, Hartmut Rohde, Johannes Meissl, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Heime Müller, Eberhard Feltz, the Artemis Quartet and the Arditti Quartet.
Since 2014 the ensemble has been quartet in residence at the new Fukinoto Concert hall of Rokkatei in Sapporo, Japan. During this residency the musicians recorded all the Béla Bartók’s quartets and the complete op. 76 by Joseph Haydn.