Artist database

This is the Artist Database of BMC, which includes information about composers, musicians, orchestras, choirs and groups that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary, as well as information about releases recorded with them.

Tomasini Quartet

Orchestra, choir, ensemble


The members of the Quartetto Luigi Tomasini graduated from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. They studied chamber music with two legendary figures of the most splendid Hungarian musical tradition, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados.
The four string players played regularly together during their years of study at the Academy of Music, and their interest in early music performing practice and period instruments showed early. They received special education in this field in important European centers (Dresden, Den Hague, Salzburg).
In the recent years they have taken part in the productions of such world-famous orchestras, as e.g. Anima Aeterna, the Orchestra of the 18th Century, Le Concert des Nations, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Wiener Akademie, La Staggione Frankfurt. They are founder-members of two Hungarian chamber music orchestras playing on period instruments: Concerto Armonico and Aura musicale. The latter ensemble gives performances in various smaller chamber music formations as well, for example as a string quartet. Such a CD recording and several concerts with great success led them to the idea of establishing the Tomasini String Quartet.
Works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert form the bulk of the repertory of the Tomasini String Quartet, but pieces by undeservedly forgotten composers are also performed with pleasure. Some years ago they came across four remarkable quartets by the excellent Austrian composer Josef Netzer (1808-1884) and recorded them on CD (under a different name at that time). They like to include in their program works by lesser known composers active in Hungary in about 1800 (Anton Zimmermann, Franz Grill, Georg Druschetzky, Antal Csermák etc.) In the Holy Week of 2003 they performed within the liturgy „The Seven Last Words” by Haydn in several towns. At the Haydn Festival organized at the Esterházy Castle of Fertőd they gave a highly acclaimed concert in August 2003.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
2008 Mozart, W. A.: Három szonáta K. Anh. 166
(Mozart, W. A.: 3 Sonatas K. Anh. 166)
Hungaroton HCD 32408 Own
First recordings
2008 Pleyel, Ignace Joseph: Három vonósnégyes Op. 11
(Pleyel, Ignace Joseph: 3 String Quartets Op. 11)
Hungaroton HCD 32593 Own
First recordings