The Gewandhaus-Quartet is the oldest continuously active string quartet in the world. It was founded in 1808 by four members of the Gewandhausorchester, under the leadership of the Orchestra's concertmaster, August Matthäi. The Quartet can look back with pride on an uninterrupted history spanning a period of more than two centuries, since retiring members have continually been succeeded by younger principal musicians drawn from the ranks of the Gewandhausorchester, generation for generation. The current membership of the Quartet comprises Frank-Michael Erben, Conrad Suske, Anton Jivaev (guest) and Léonard Frey-Maibach (guest).
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