Winner of the Eugéne Ysaÿe Competition in Liége, Belgium and praised for their "stylistic confidence and willingness to impress with emotions - for all four of them chamber music seems to be the essence of music itself"; (Austrian National Radio ORF Ö1, "Intrada") the Viennese Auner Quartett is rapidly making itself known in the chamber music world. The Auner Quartett brings “refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire” (Ö1). The group holds a special residence in Vienna, performing regularly in e.g. the Brahms Saal of the Vienna Musikverein, the Schubert Saal of the Vienna Konzerthaus or the Ehrbar Saal. As passionate chamber musicians the quartet strives to not only explore the extensive repertoire, but also to present their unique rhetorical voice within the music. As the chamber music studies with Prof. Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartett) at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna focus strongly on the mastery of the “Wiener Klang” (the famous Viennese Sound), as well as a sophisticated interpretation of works from the Viennese "Classical" period; his students Barbara, Nikita Konstantin and Daniel went as individual musicians through one concerted training. Bringing their musical patrimony and individual emotional approach from Austria, Brazil, Russia and Belarus into this musical melting pot but sharing the same educational background, the artists use their different cultural heritage and consider it as their vocation to convey music as a spontaneous and original experience. Artistic impulses from e.g. Hatto Beyerle and Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartett) and Petr Prause (Talich Quartet), Alasdair Tait (Belcea Quartet), Geoffrey Nuttall and Lesley Robertson (St. Lawrence String Quartet, USA) complete their qualification. Additionally the Auner Quartet is a selected member of ECMA, European Chambermusic Academy.
Compromised of violinists Daniel and Barbara Auner, violist Nikita Gerkusov, and cellist Konstantin Zelenin, the ensemble is performing regularly in various venues such as the Brahms Hall of the Vienna Musikverein, the Schubert Hall of the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Ehrbar Hall, the Congress Graz, Festival Allegro Vivo, the Grafenegg Festival, MuTh Concerthall, the Arnold Schönberg Center (Austria), Festival Concentus Moraviae (CZ), MozArt Festival Bad Ragaz and Schubertiade Sion (CH); University Udine and Festival Interazionale di Quartetto in Fiesole (IT); BOZAR (Belgium), Bing Concert Hall (Stanford, USA); Theatre Nacional, Fundação Eva Klabin (Brazil); Vienna Concert Series (London, GB); „Salonkonzerte“ (HU); International Chamber Music Festival (Polotsk, Belarus); Istanbul Music Festival (Turkey); Gauteng Chamber Music Festival (South Africa), Cartagena Music Festival (Colombia) amongst many others.
As strong advocates for outreach events and educational workshops, the Auner Quartett is actively searching to engage various communities in diverse ways. Member of the "Rhapsody in School" program founded by German pianist Lars Vogt, the quartet holds workshops in schools, making the often first approach to classical music for listeners a single-entry. In a time of shrinking audiences, the group considers it a duty to personally address new listeners. Social work, often in collaboration with the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, included masterclasses and performances for numerous youth music programs in Peru, Brazil, Belize and South Africa. Being selected by the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs the Auner Quartett was named to be a “Cultural Ambassador of Austria” – a member of the NASOM Artists 2010/21.
The Album with Simon Reitmaier on the Clarinet - featuring Clarinet Quintets by Mozart, Reger and Leitner has been highly appraised by its critics and has been released on the "Gramola" Label in February 2018. A portrait of the chamber music works by Johanna Doderer had be released on the "Capriccio" Label in 2019 and a new recording with string quartets from Egon Wellesz, Alexander von Zemlinsky and Anton von Webern will be released in spring 2020.
The internationally well-known Performing Arts Yearbook (Muso Communications) placed the ensemble with the headline „Auner Quartett – The award winning string quartet: a perfect musical match“ on the cover of the European Yearbook 2020.
The Auner Quartett is a partner of the Viennese string manufacturer Thomastik Infeld, working closely on improvements of their outstanding products. Daniel plays on “Elia”, a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini and the violist Nikita on an instrument by Giovanni Paolo Maggini, two generous loans from the collection of precious instruments of the Austrian National Bank.