The Asasello Quartet is a European ensemble. Founded in the year 2000 by students in Walter Levin’s chamber music class at the Basel conservatory, the musicians have gone on to make a name for themselves as outstanding interpreters of the classical/Romantic repertoire, modern classical music and more. The founding four completed their formal studies with the Alban Berg Quartett and David Smeyers at the Cologne Hochschule für Musik und Tanz. Numerous accolades and awards as well as project funding grants have allowed the group to realize original concepts and to put new ideas, recording techniques and forms of concertizing into practice. Asasello programs are intelligent and sophisticated; never mainstream. If need be, “the Asasellos” will gladly jump from their chairs or out of their tuxes.
A new GENUIN CD with the thrilling Asasello Quartet! It’s the third disc released by the ensemble, known for its unconventional concert ideas, and it has now also made a name for itself as a prizewinner at international competitions. The program features Schoenberg’s amazingly diverse oeuvre for string quartet, and we can’t imagine a more eloquent advocate for these too-rarely performed milestones of the repertoire. From the fringes of tonality in the first quartet to the free-flowing twelve-tone language of the fourth – an electrifying quartet sound played at a staggering level. Experience these soaring peaks of the repertoire! (Genuin Records)