The Auer Quartet was formed in 1990 by students of the Budapest Ferenc
Liszt Music Academy.Their tutors included András Mihály,György Kurtág,
Ferenc Rados and Sándor Devich-a founder member of the Bartók String
Quartet.The ensemble's name honours the world famous Hungarian violinist
and tutor Lipót Auer ( 1845-1930).
Being the guests of the Royal Academy of Music in 1991,the members of the
ensemble attended the courses of the world-famous Amadeus String Quartet
and those of György Pauk.
From that date on,they were regularly invited to attended the master courses
of Amadeus Quartet held in London and in Semmering until 1995.
The Auer Quartet has won recognition at numerous hungarian and internatio-
nal competitions.They won the first prize at the Leó Weiner Chamber Music
Competition held at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy in 1991,and the second
prize at the Viotti Competition held in Italy in 1992. In addition to being awar-
ded the second prize at the Evian International String Quartet Competition
held in France in 1993,the ensemble was also awarded the Special Prize of
the musical critics and that of the best Mozart performance.
Their real break-through came in 1997, when the ensemble won First Prize
at the 7th London International String Quartet Competition, with Lord Yehudi
Menuhin as chairman.They also won the special audience award, and the
Sydney Griller Trophy for the best interpretation of a contemporary work.
This success made a real impetus on the international career of the quartet.
They have been invited to the leading concert halls,such as the Wigmore
Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels ,Casals
Hall in Tokyo etc. and festivals as for example the Edinburgh, Schwetzingen,
Bath, Kuhmo, Cheltenham, Prague Spring, Budapest Spring etc.
The quartet toured in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, India and North Afrika.
During their career sofar have played in concerts with famous musicians
such as Zoltán Kocsis, Tamás Vásáry, Miklós Perényi, Peter Frankl and
Paul Meyer, among others.
Their concert have been broadcasted by the BBC,the SWDR,the Mezzo and
the Hungarian Radio.
Their recordings for Hungaroton and BMC include CD-s of the Hungarian
composers Leó Weiner, Ernõ Dohnanyi and Laszlo Vidovszky.
In 2000 the ensemble was awarded the Liszt-Prize by the Hungarian State.
Gábor Sipos - 1.violin
Zsuzsanna Berentés - 2.violin
Csaba Gálfi - viola
Ákos Takács - cello