The “London” Joachim Quartet  1859-1897

Before the Berlin Quartet was formed, Joachim played regularly on the London Popular Concerts from 1859 onwards. These were not pure Quartet concerts, but included other forms of chamber music and singers between the main works. His most constant collaborator was the cellist Alfredo Piatti (1822-1901). Ludwig Straus (1830-1897) was usually the violist. Second violinist was Louis/Ludwig Ries (1830-1913). Straus retired in 1893, Ries and Piatti retired in 1897. Thereafter the Berlin quartet traveled with Joachim to London. In their last decade they actually played more concerts in Britain than in Berlin.

The Beethoven-Haus Bonn Chamber Music Festivals

The chamber music festivals at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn began in 1890 and the Joachim Quartet was a mainstay of these for the subsequent festivals in 1893, 1897, 1900, 1903, 1905 and 1907.

Other places in Germany

Leipzig was the most frequent destination in the 1880s. In the 1890s they played on the venerable Frankfurt Museum Concert series four times.

Further Afield

…but not to America. (They were invited to the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 but Joachim was too busy.)

2 January 1877: Dresden

31 October 1880: Göttingen

26 November 1881: Leipzig

21 November 1883 Leipzig

2 January 1884 Leipzig

19 December 1885 Leipzig

January 1887 Paris

September/October 1888 Copenhagen

21 and 23 January 1890 Vienna

14 May 1890 Bonn

23 November 1890 Frankfurt

January 1891 Bremen

15 November 1891 Frankfurt

20 November 1892 Frankfurt

15 January 1893 Neubrandenburg

10-13 May 1893 Bonn

17 January 1894 Strassburg

18 January 1894 Wiesbaden, Frankfurt

1 March 1894 Cambridge

17 June 1894 Basel

11 November 1894 Frankfurt

27 September 1895 Meiningen

30 October 1895 Dresden

March 1896 Cambridge

April 1896 London

December 1896 Leipzig

2 January 1897 Vienna

April 1897 Leeds, London

23-26 May 1897 Bonn

March 1898 London, Newcastle, Oxford

23 October 1898 Königsberg

December 1898 Vienna and Budapest

29 December 1898 Leipzig

March 1899 London, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds

7 April 1899 Munich

7-9 May 1899 Bonn

7 October 1899 Meiningen

November 1899 Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich

29 December 1899 Leipzig

February 1900 Nantes, Nice, Monte Carlo, Rome, Florence

March 1900 Milan, Zurich

23 April 1900 Amsterdam

April-May 1901 London

7 May 1901 Cambridge

12-16 May 1901 Bonn

December 1901 Vienna

February 1902 Brussels, Liege

April 1902 Mannheim, Carlsruhe

April-May 1902 London

10 and 12 February 1903 Paris

April 1903 London

May 1903 Oxford, Cambridge, Glasgow, Edinburgh

May 1903 Bonn

8 December 1903 Vienna

March 1904 Brussels

March 1904 Paris

April-May 1904 London

April May 1904 Oxford, Cambridge, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle

December 1904 Vienna

February 1905 Rome

March 1905 Hannover

March 1905 Paris

May 1905 London, Cambridge

May 1905 Bonn

November 1905 London

March 1906 Munich, Stuttgart, Zurich

April-May 1906 London

April 1906 Newcastle, Manchester

May 1906 Oxford, Cambridge

May 1906 Cologne

November 1906 London

November 1906 Bristol

January 1907 Elbing, Königsberg

March 1907 Teplitz, Vienna

July 1907 London

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