Amadeus Quartet


The Amadeus Quartet - taken in 1958, Archive Martin Lovett


Biography

The Amadeus Quartet is considered to be one of the most important string quartets of the twentieth century. Three of the 4 players were Viennese émigrés who moved to the UK to avoid persecution from the Nazis and were held as enemy aliens in various internment camps across the UK, most notably in the Isle of Man. During the war years they were trained in London by the violin pedagogue, Max Rostal. Performing together for 40 years, they disbanded in 1987 following the death of their violist, Peter Schidlof.

Norbert Brainin
Born 12.3.1923 in Vienna, died April 10, 2005 in London

Siegmund Nissel
violinist, born 3.1.1922 in Munich to an Austrian family, died 21.5.2008 in London

Peter Schidlof
Violist, violinist, born 9.7.1922 in Göllersdorf, Austria, died 15.8.1987 in Sunderland, UK

Martin Lovett
Cellist, born 3.2.1927 in London


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