Represented by violinists Daniel and Barbara Auner, violist Nikita Gerkusov, and cellist Konstantin Zelenin, winning of the Eugéne Ysaÿe competition in Liège, Belgium, the Vienna-based string quartet was appointed by Austria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as cultural ambassadors for the 2020/21 season, while also being part of the “New Austrian Sound of Music” programme.
Following an old Viennese tradition of salon concerts, the group holds a special residence in Vienna, performing regularly in the Brahms Saal of the Vienna Musikverein, the Schubert Saal of the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Arnold Schönberg Centre, the Baroque Hall of the Vienna City Hall and the Ehrbar Hall. The Auner Quartet is a selected member of ECMA – the European Chamber Music Academy.
Founded under Prof. Johannes Meissl at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, the quartet also benefited from artistic impulses passed on to them by the likes of Hatto Beyerle and Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartett), Petr Prause (Talich Quartet), Alasdair Tait (Belcea Quartet), Geoffrey Nuttall and Lesley Robertson (St. Lawrence String Quartet, USA).
Social-artistic 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.