The Girardi Quartet was founded in 2002 by Harald Martin Winkler, Volker Hannes Zach, Wolfgang Stangl and Ruth Straub, all members of recreation – Grosses Orchester Graz. The musicians, who have been working together for many years in various chamber-music formations, are responsible for the unique character of the group. Their impressive experience is due to their international concert career, master classes with renowned string quartets like the Amadeus Quartet or the Alban Berg Quartet, as well as working together with outstanding musicians like Paul Badura Skoda, Arvo Pärt or the Vienna Boys’ Choir.
The quartet’s versatile repertoire ranges from works from the Baroque and the Viennese Classic to the modern age and contemporary compositions.
The main focus of the quartet lies in the Viennese Classic and works from the avant-garde, especially the Austrian modern times. This has lead to cooperation with composers like Gerd Kühr, Gerhard Präst and Chaya Czernowin.
The Girardi Quartet has established itself as a high-class chamber-music ensemble and is regularly invited to give concerts for renowned concert series and festivals in Austria, Slovenia, Germany and Italy.