Just in: Takacs Quartet loses a founder

Just in: Takacs Quartet loses a founder


norman lebrecht

February 22, 2018

Karoly Schranz has decided to retire as second violin of the Takacs Quartet after 40 years.

His successor will be Harumi Rhodes. She starts in May.



  • Tom Piercy says:

    Bravo to Harumi!
    Wonderful person and player.

  • Peter Burch says:

    After 40 years of superb performances, he deserves this retirement. The Takacs Quartet has toured Australia for Musica Viva for decades – initially under its founder Gabor Takacs, then Ed Dusinberre. Karoly’s retirement leaves only one original Quartet member, its deeply talented and irrepressible cellist, Andras. The Quartet is the most toured ensemble in Music Viva’s history – more so than even the Amadeus and Borodins (who return this year).

  • Donald Wright says:

    I’m fortunate then to have heard him in one of his last series of concerts. Last Friday, I got to attend a concert by the Takacs, with second-violin Schranz, and with guest pianist Marc-André Hamelin, at Stanford’s Bing Hall. They played the Schubert Quartettsatz, Dohnányi Quintet Op. 1, and Beethoven c#-minor Quartet, Op. 131. What stunning musicianship (as the review attests: http://www.peninsulareviews.com/2018/02/25/takacs-string-quartet-intense-and-introspective/)!

    • Peter says:

      I hope Karoly Schranz enjoys his retirement, and wish all the best to Ms. Rhodes. That program sounds wonderful, although I do wish the Takacs would promote others of Dohnanyi’s chamber masterworks, in particular the Op. 26 piano quintet and third string quartet. I also hope that Andras Fejer, the last remaining founding member of the quartet, will continue with the Takacs for a good many years!