About us

4 Horizons, 4 instruments, 16 strings.

Belgium, Spain, England, Germany? So what! What separates us? Much! What unites us? Even more! Spontaneity, fun, doubt, perfection, stress, adrenaline, primal trust, fear, joy, madness, and always: music, music, music. The intimate feeling of being able to touch. Coming together. Us with ourselves. Us with our listeners, our audience. So different. So united.

The Adelphi Quartet

Maxime MICHALUK (Violin I / Belgium) Esther AGUSTÍ MATABOSCH (Violin II / Spain) Adam NEWMAN (Viola / England) Nepomuk BRAUN (Cello / Germany)
The ADELPHI Quartet consists of four European musicians. Founded in 2017 at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the quartet studied with the Hagen Quartet. It received valuable support from Eberhard Feltz, Valentin Erben, Jonathan Brown, and György Kurtág.

Numerous prizes and awards at major competitions such as the Wigmore Hall Competition 2022 in London, the Premio Paolo Borciani 2021 in Italy, and the competition of the Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation as part of the String Quartet Festival of the Heidelberger Frühling 2020 marked the beginning of a steadily growing international concert activity.

At the beginning of last year, the quartet made its debut at Wigmore Hall; further performances followed at the Fundación Juan March in Madrid, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, and the Aldeburgh Festival. Among the previous concert highlights are also appearances at the Summer Music Days Hitzacker, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Berlin Philharmonic, Flagey in Brussels, the Music Days Mondsee, Schloss Esterhazy, the Paris Philharmonic, the International Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg, as well as debut and reinvitation at the String Quartet Festival of the Heidelberger Frühling. Additionally, the quartet performed Schubert’s String Quintet with Valentin Erben (cellist of the Alban Berg Quartet).

With enthusiasm, the ADELPHIS engage in educational projects and share their own experiences through various workshops and masterclasses, including those at Jeunesses Musicales, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and the Wolfgang Sawallisch Music Academy.
Among the highlights of the current season are not only the debut at the Lucerne Festival but also further concerts at Wigmore Hall and several tours in England and on the European mainland. There are already several television and radio recordings by Bayerischer Rundfunk, SWR, and NDR.

Thanks to the generous support of Neustart Kultur, I&I Foundation, Young Classical Artists Trust, Cosman Keller Art & Music Trust, and the Aldeburgh Festival, the quartet is able to bring forth new works by composers such as Madli Marje Gildemann (Sink), Tom Coult, David Moliner, Daniel Serrano, and Bushra El-Turk for premiere performances or commission.

The four musicians of the quartet studied with prominent professors such as Igor Ozim, Erich Höbarth, Rainer Schmidt, Lars Anders Tomter, Kim Kashkashian, Heinrich Schiff, and Clemens Hagen.

Following its success at the International Auditions of the Young Classical Artists Trust, the ADELPHI Quartet has been supported as a YCAT Artist since June 2021. Additionally, it was selected as the first YCAT Hans Keller Artist, resulting in the premiere and recording of “Saffron Dusk” by Bushra El-Turk.
The four musicians – each an outstanding instrumentalist in their own right – have long since evolved into a delightfully balanced ensemble. Their interpretive style is characterized by sensitive musical understanding and a profound sense of responsibility towards the masterpieces of the repertoire.
Valentin Erben
A very interesting young ensemble, with a beautiful understanding of phrasing, harmony and music. They are inspiring to listen to, and make you want to play with them.
Antoine Tamestit