Esmé Quartet

Der Tod und das Mädchen

Wonhee Bae – violin
Yoona Ha – violin
Jiwon Kim – viola
Ye-eun Heo – cello

Since starting in 2016, the Esmé Quartet has taken off like a rocket: the quartet won the first prize at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, and are HSBC Laureate of the Académie du Festival d’Aix. The four ladies will play Der Tod und das Mädchen. When Schubert wrote this string quartet, his death from syphilis was imminent. The piece oozes despair, especially in the second part, which is an adaptation of the song from which this piece borrows its name.