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Belenus Quartett

Belenus Quartett

The Belenaus Quartet is a prize-winning Swiss string quartet comrpised of three violinists and one cellist.

The Belenus Quartett was founded in Basel in 2004 and has a new formation as of October 2010, composed of students at the Zurich University of the Arts. They have been taught by members of the Erato, Aria, Amati, Orpheus and Gringolts quartets as well as Quatuor Mosaïques. Currently their principal teachers are Stephan Goerner (Carmina Quartett) and Isabel Charisius (Alban Berg Quartett). During 2010/2011 they also studied with Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartett) and Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartett) at the Basel University of Music.

In 2011 and 2012, they were prize winners at the 'Orpheus Swiss Chamber Music Competition'. The quartet was also among the finalists at the international competition 'Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne' 2012 and at the 1st international 'Sándor Végh Competition' 2012. At the 'Sándor Végh Competition' 2012, the quartet was awarded a special prize for the best Haydn interpretation. The quartet also won 1st prize at the 'Interpretation competition for contemporary music 2012' at the Zurich University of the Arts as well as the 'Kiwanis Competition 2012'. They were awarded third prize at the 'Hans Schaeuble Competition' 2012. The Belenus Quartett have given concerts predominantly in Switzerland and Germany. Their repertoire spans from early Haydn quartets to contemporary works such as "Ph(r)asen" by Swiss composer David Philip Hefti.

Seraina Pfenninger had her first violin instruction from her mother at the age of 4; later she studied with Werner Goos, Herbert Scherz and Aida Stucki-Piraccini. She was accepted as a pre-college student in the violin class of Zakhar Bron and Nadezhda Korshakova at the Zurich University of the Arts. She completed her studies there with a Master in Performance with distinction with a major in orchestral music. Afterwards she studied as a post-graduate student with Nora Chastain at the Zurich University. She also attended master classes of Nora Chastain, Gerhard Schulz and Zakhar Bron. Since 2005, she has played as a founding member of the Belenus Quartett.
During the 2008/09 season, Seraina Pfenninger completed training with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich and was then accepted as a permanent member. Since the 2011/12 season she has been a member of the Zurich Opera Orchestra. She is a prize winner of several national competitions. In 2004, she received a first prize with distinction in the finals of the Swiss Youth Music Competition and was supported by the Ruth and Ernst Burkhalter Foundation. In June 2006, she won a scholarship from the Friedl Wald Foundation.

Anne Battegay began playing the violin at the age of six. She began her studies with Kamilla Schatz, Suzanne Vischer and Emilie Haudenschild in Basel. She then studied with Nora Chastain at the Zurich University of the Arts and one year as an Erasmus exchange student with Ingolf Turban at the Munich University of Music and the Performing Arts. She also attended master classes of Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Anke Dill and Nora Chastain. Since October 2010, she has been a member of the Belenus Quartett.

In 2004, Anne Battegay was a prize winner of the Swiss Youth Music Competition in the category 'Duo - Contemporary Music'. In the summer of 2009, she was a member of the chleswig-Holstein Orchestral Academy. In 2011/12 she completed orchestral training ith the Sinfonieorchester Basel as well as an internship at the Zurich Opera. She also received a stipend from the Fritz-Gerber-Foundation.

Esther Fritzsche received her first violin lesson at the age of four. She later studied with Jörg Hoffmann, Emilie Haudenschild and Magdalena Retzler and completed a Master of Performance with distinction in 2011, majoring in orchestral music at the Zurich University of the Arts in the violin class of Nora Chastain. Since 2008, she has also studied viola with Wendy Enderle, Isabel Charisius and Michel Rouilly. She has played in the Belenus Quartett since 2005, alternating first and second violin, then switching to the viola part in October of 2010. She attended master classes with Mariane Boettcher, Petru Munteanu, Nicolas Chumachenco and Thomas Brandis.

Esther Fritzsche has won first prize in the German Youth Music Competition 'Jugend musiziert' and was also awarded second prize in 2008 at the Duttweiler Competition of the Zurich University of the Arts. She has held positions in the Camerata Bern and the Zurich Opera Orchestra. Since 2012, she conducts the string orchestra 'Puzzle 49' and teaches at the Zurich Conservatory.

Seraphina Rufer began to play the cello at the age of four and was taught by Emeric Kostyák, Patrick Demenga and Conradin Brotbek. After completing a Master's degree with distinction in Music Pedagogy, she is now in a Master of Performance program with major in orchestral music, studying with Thomas Grossenbacher and Claudius Herrmann at the Zurich University of the Arts. 

She attended master classes of Bernard Greenhouse, Peter Wispelwey, Claude Starck, Louise Hopkins, Thomas Demenga, Wen-Sinn Yang, the Zehetmair Quartett, Alexander Rudin and Sir Colin Davis.

Seraphina Rufer has won first prizes in several competitions - among others the Oltener Music Competition, the Laupersdorfer Competition and the Swiss Music and Chamber Music Competition and received a stipend from the Friedl Wald Foundation. Since August 2011, she has been a member of the Academy of the Zurich Opera Orchestra.