This website is an international professional resource devoted to string quartet performers and compositions of the last hundred years or so and to connections between them. At its core is a database, although it will present much more.
Among other things, the database lists quartet groups, including who their members have been, and links them to compositions by first performances, recordings, and other information. It includes references and a bibliography, as well as photos, video, and audio, although its basis will remain text.
Overall, it is anticipated to be an Internet community for string quartet information and lore. Because the subject is large and growing, the site is a continual work in progress, with material being added frequently.
Concerning languages which can be used to send information, Dr Paul Rapoport, the creator of this website sent the following:
Short messages mostly with information about quartets I may understand in any European language. (I have an advanced degree in linguistics as well as music.) I'm comfortable reading extended texts in the following, having studied or translated from them:
- English German Dutch
- Danish Swedish Norwegian (either one) Icelandic
- French Spanish Italian Portuguese
Extended texts are a problem for now in anything else, including Polish, Finnish, and Romanian, all of which you mentioned, although I wouldn't want that to prevent people from contacting me.
The best for me to write in are English, French, Danish, and German.