Alma Quartet was formed in 2014 and quickly gained reputation as one of the most thrilling ensembles in the Netherlands. Their debut album on Gutman Records: Schulhoff Complete String Quartets has received stellar international praise. The Gramophone claimed “this set shoots straight to the top” and also admired the quartet for being “capable of the most seductive playing”. The album was chosen for the 2017 Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik ‘Bestenliste’ and was also featured on several German national radio stations including Deutschlandfunk and SWR2, the latter hailing Alma’s Schulhoff cycle as the “new reference recording”.
Alma Quartet: Dutilleux and Glass, released exclusively on vinyl, has equally enjoyed immediate critical praise. Receiving 4-stars across the board from major publications, the quartet is noted for their “collective antenna for sophisticated timbres” by the Volkskrant, and for their “carefully forged unity” by the Telegraaf.
Their album: Debussy, Ravel and Dutilleux was given the highest ranking by Luister Magazine and stated that “Alma Quartet plays with desired liveliness, great rhythmic precision and exceptional sound.” And the Volkskrant claimed “[...] it has fire, is rhythmically razor-sharp and a sensuality of the unashamed kind with a beautiful, glowing depth.” As well as performing the classical repertoire, the quartet is keen on collaborating with producer Henrik Schwarz in a multitude of projects. Their album CCMYK, in which they explore the possibilities of seamlessly fusing newly composed electronic and classical music into a new language, has been released on the label Between Buttons and has been very enthusiastically received.