Within just a few short years, the Hugo Wolf Quartett has developed from a chamber music lover’s insider tip to one of the most sought-after string quartets of this generation.

Critics the world over have given testimony to the ensemble’s rapid development, calling them, “New stars in the quartet heaven” and describing them as, “Urgent and impassioned, but with an absolute commitment to the ideal values of every note.”

The Hugo Wolf Quartett was founded at the Vienna University of Music, with the group’s name granted to them by the International Hugo Wolf Society. The late Romantic composer, Hugo Wolf, was situated between the great Viennese music tradition and its departure into the modern period; his name is thus used as a symbol for a performing repertoire that stretches from the Western Classical Period and far beyond the Second Viennese School.

Comprised of Sebastian Gurtler on violin, Regis Bringolf on violin, Gertrud Weinmeister on viola and Florian Berner on cello, the ensemble has won several distinguished music awards, including first prizes in the 5th International String Quartet Competition in Cremona and the 45th International G.B. Viotti Chamber Music Competition.

For more than 10 years, the Hugo Wolf Quartett has performed in some of the most prominent concert halls and at renowned festivals worldwide, including Carnegie Hall in New York and the Edinburgh Festival. Their travels have taken them to all corners of the globe, from South America to Tokyo, from Mexico to Germany.

The ensemble’s repertoire spans Viennese works, and also ventures into Jazz numbers. The Hugo Wolf Quartett has recorded for the Gramola, Atlantis Art and Extraplatte labels and has appeared on numerous radio and television productions, such as the BBC and Radio Berlin.

The group will be performing in Grand Rapids on the Itasca Community College campus at Davies Hall on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students and may be purchased at Reed Drug and the Reif Center Box Office, by calling 218-327-5780 or visiting www.reifcenter.org.

This performance is being presented in collaboration with ICC, and is underwritten by Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital and Medica.