Quadriga Consort

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The Early Music Band
Quadriga Consort
Quadriga Consort
General information
Genre (s) Early music, early music pop / folk
founding 2001
Website Quadriga-Consort.at
Current occupation
Nikolaus Newerkla
Harpsichord, vibrandoneon, arrangements, composition
Sophie Eder
Angelika Huemer
Recorders, viola da gamba
Karin Silldorff
Philipp Comploi
Basse de Violon, baroque cello
Dominika Teufel
Viola da gamba
Laurenz Schiffermüller / Tobias Steinberger
Percussion instruments

The Quadriga Consort is an Austrian ensemble for early music .


Since the harpsichordist Nikolaus Newerkla founded the ensemble in Graz in 2001 , the ensemble has achieved success in international competitions (ERTA Germany, Gotthard Schierse Foundation Berlin) and has performed at festivals for early music throughout Europe and the USA. With the folk and pop singer Elisabeth Kaplan from South Africa, the Quadriga Consort has specialized in popular music from the British Isles from the Baroque and Renaissance periods. The Austrian singer Sophie Eder has been the voice of the ensemble since 2019.

The Quadriga Consort, which always appears in the same line-up (originally eight - since the early death of the viol player Elisabeth Kurz in 2005 - seven Austrian musicians) is known for its rousing, almost pop concerts.

The unmistakable trademark of the ensemble is that the consistently unanimous melodies and songs, mostly of a traditional nature or without known composers, have been newly arranged for historical instruments. Among other things, there are pieces that have been (re) discovered in old collections for the first time since their creation, usually over 300 years ago, or that are recorded on sound carriers. The consort was the only ensemble of the Originalklang movement to record songs in the Scottish Gaelic language. The arrangements and compositions by Nikolaus Newerkla always move between historical art music, popular and traditional music and some of them have been published by Bärenreiter and Moeck in Germany.


  • 2003 - Ground, Harp, Berlin
  • 2005 - As I Walked Forth - Songs & Tunes of the Isles, ORF Edition Alte Musik, Vienna
  • 2007 - By Yon Bonnie Banks - Traditional Early Music of Scotland, ORF Edition Alte Musik, Vienna (awarded 5 stars by Goldberg Magazine, June 2007)
  • 2009 - Quadriga Live - DVD, make, Vienna
  • 2009 - Songs from the British Isles - live, Gramola, Vienna
  • 2011 - Ships Ahoy! - Songs of Wind, Water and Tide, Alpha, Paris (awarded the Pasticcio Prize from Radio Austria 1)
  • 2012/13 - On a Cold Winter's Day - Early Christmas Music and Carols from the British Isles, SONY / Deutsche Harmonia Mundi
  • 2014 - 14 Tales of Mystery, SONY / Deutsche Harmonia Mundi
  • 2015 - Winter's Delights, SONY / Deutsche Harmonia Mundi

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