The Stenhammar Quartet was founded in 1995. The members are Peter Olofsson and Per Öman, violins, Tony Bauer, viola and Mats Olofsson, cello. Their warm and energetic musicianship together with striking technical refinement have given them a position as one of the most interesting and respected quartets in Scandinavia today.
Tours in Sweden as well as invitations to many chamber music festivals have brought the quartet to England, Poland, Denmark, Algiers and Finland during the last years. In 2010 the quartet made its debut in London and was reinvited for 2012. The main emphasis of the repertoire is on Swedish music, but, needless to say, the international repertoire is of course also included. New music has a special place for them and they have commissioned and premiered quartets by Mats Larsson-Gothe, Per Mårtensson, Mika Pelo, Viktoria Borisova-Ollas ao.
Their release in 2008 (Daphne records) with music by Lars-Erik Larsson including the first ever recording of "Late Autumn Leaves" received fantastic critics and was nominated for a Swedish Grammy Award. In 2009 they released their second cd with contemporary Swedish string quartets (Phono Suecia). "Outstanding performance" was the comment of the international magazine The Strad. In 2011 the quartet started the recordings of W. Stenhammar's complete quartets on BIS label. During 2013 the quartet will finish their Stenhammar cycle for BIS and the first cd of three in this serie will be released in June 2013. Invitations for 2013-14 include festivals in Sweden, India and Algiers.
Even faced with many exacting technical hurdles, the playing of the Stenhammar’s musicians is always assured, and in their hands the works’ complex rhythms and oscillating tempo shifts emerge with total naturalness.
The Strad - October 2009