The Javus Quartett, with Marie-Therese Schwöllinger, Alexandra Moser, Anuschka Cidlinsky and Oscar Hagen is a young string quartet and currently based in Vienna. Its members started playing together at a very young age in various different ensembles, and studied all at the University Mozarteum Salzburg. This is where 2016 the quartet was formed.
Their love for chamber music, their strong personal bond and similar approach give them the opportunity to go deep into the rich quartet repertoire and build their own distinctive style. The quartet is particularly influenced by Lukas Hagen’s guidance and continuous support. At the moment they continue their studies with Johannes Meissl in Vienna.
Eberhard Feltz also represents a strong musical influence, whose unique approach continues to inspire the quartet to dvelve deep into to the score and its structure. Valentin Erben and Gerhard Schulz, both members of the Alban Berg Quartet challenged them to find new ways of sound production. A concert highlight of 2020 is performing the Schubert Quintet with Valentin Erben. Working with renowned composer Thomas Adès at the IMS Prussia Cove 2018 marks one of the quartets most memorable experiences apart from their time at the Musethica Festival in Israel playing alongside Jean and Agnes Sulem (Rosamunde Quartet).
In 2017 they were awarded the 2nd prize at the Chamber Music Competition C.R.D.M. in Udine and 2020 the audience prize at the Irene Steels Wilsing Competition at „Heidelberger Frühling“.
Each one of them profit from their own extensive and varied musical experiences, playing solo, chamber music and orchestra. Those external connections benefit the group and reinforced their wish to play together.
They partook in the renowned festivals Mattseer Diabelli and Mondseer Musiktage (artistic directors Auryn Quartet) in Austria and perform regularly on stages in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland where they captivate audience and critics alike with their passion and commitment to the score.
Born 1996 in Austria, Marie-Therese studied with Lukas Hagen at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg and with Stephan Picard at the Hochschule für Musik „Hanns-Eisler“ in Berlin. At austrian violin competitions she received many first prices, as a soloist and chamber musician and won the international “Ars nova competition” 2012 in Trieste, Italy. In 2011 she was selected to participate at the “Angelika Prokopp Summer Academy” of the Vienna Philharmonics and had the opportunity to work with some of the members. She was the concertmaster of the Salzburger Regional Youth Orchestra. She received further musical Impulses from Ulf Wallin, David Frühwirth, Barbara Doll und Leonidas Kavakos and Rainer Schmidt. Since 2015 she is a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and worked with conductors like Kent Nagano, David Afkham, Christoph Eschenbach, Philippe Jordan and Daniel Harding and played in the most important concert halls in Europa with soloists like Gautier Capucon, Frank Peter Zimmermann und Christian Gerharer. Since 2017 she is also a member of the orchestra „European Philharmonic of Switzerland“. She performed at prestigious festivals such as Diabelli Sommer Mattsee, Monte Castelli Music Festival, Kronberg Academy Mit Musik Miteinander, Verbier Festival, Aurora Festival, Eggenfelden Klassisch And Hohenstaufen Akademie. There she played with Lukas Hagen, Clemens Hagen, Iris Juda Hagen, Herbert Schuch, Thomas Reif, Timothy Ridout, Alena Baeva, Ryszard Groblewski and Kian Soltani.
Alexandra (1995) received her first violin lesson at the age of four. Soon she was accepted to the class of Lukas Hagen and Christine Maria Höller at Mozarteum University Salzburg.
She is member of organisations like LiveMusicNow and Musethica international.
In November 2018 She finished her Bachelor degree violin at University Mozarteum as a student of Lukas Hagen.
In the last few years she performed at numerous festivals like Mattseer Diabelli Sommer, Mondseer Musiktage, Salzburger Festspiele, Mozartwoche Salzburg, Akzente Salzburg and Israel International Festival.
Additionally to that, Alexandra had the possibility to work with Nora Chastain, Rainer Schmidt, Pierre Amoyal, Friedemann Eichhorn, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Vadim Gluzman, and David Frühwirth.
Currently she is studying at the Musik Akademie Basel with Barbara Doll.