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Genres Jazz, postmodern, rock, pop, folk, alternative
Years active 2006-present
Labels ACT Music & Vision
Members Bernie Mallinger - violin
Igmar Jenner - violin
Cynthia Liao - viola
Asja Valčić - cello

The radio.string.quartet.vienna is a "non-classical" string quartet based in Vienna.

They are known for using a big variety of musical styles including jazz, classical, folk, rock and pop music in their compositions and arrangements. Despite their name they have no artistic connection to any radio station.


The quartet was one of the big discoveries of the Berlin Jazz Festival in 2006 with its adaptation of the music of the Mahavishnu Orchestra.

John McLaughlin wrote the liner notes to their first album: ...."From the first note I was struck by the way this group had 'appropriated' my music and made it their very own. They even got the atmosphere which was present all those years ago. The other aspect that touched me deeply was the importance they attach to improvisation, and they do improvise!.... ...This is no ordinary string quartet. The love of, and the dedication they have to their respective instruments is marvellous, and the fact that they have taken what was electric jazz-fusion music, fused it with their training in 'classical' music, and conserved the 'electric' atmosphere is outstanding."

The group recorded a DVD with this programm at the Traumzeit Festival 2008.

In 2008 they released Radiotree with the accordion/bandoneon-player Klaus Paier. It is the only album they did not entirely compose/arrange by themselves.

They had guest appearances on Ulf Wakenius release Love is real in 2008, which is dedicated to the music of the Esbjörn Svensson Trio (e.s.t.).

In 2009 the quartet recorded Calling you with the Swedish singer Rigmor Gustafsson, which was placed in the Swedish album charts for several weeks.

Radiodream (2011) marked a new chapter in the band's history: it is the most independent work of the quartet containing a huge percentage of their own compositions, which show the various musical and cultural backgrounds of the band members.

Their recent CD Posting Joe - Celebrating Weather Report - live (2013) is paying homage to their fellow countryman, the great composer and pianist/keyboard player Joe Zawinul.[1] It was voted "#2 jazz album of the year 2013" by The Sunday Times.


  • Celebrating the Mahavishnu Orchestra (2007; ACT)
  • Radiotree feat. Klaus Paier (2008; ACT)
  • appearance on Ulf Wakenius's Love is real (2008; ACT)
  • Celebrating the Mahavishnu Orchestra live at Traumzeit Festival DVD (2009; ACT)
  • with Rigmor Gustafsson: Calling you (2010; ACT)
  • Radiodream (2011; ACT)
  • Posting Joe - Celebrating Weather Report - live (2013; ACT)[1]



  • radio.string.quartet: Celebrating the Mahavishnu Orchestra.ergeo, 2007


  1. ^ a b Fordham, John (2013-04-04). "Radio String Quartet Vienna: Posting Joe: Celebrating Weather Report". Music Reviews.  

External links

  • Official website
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