MOZART Quartet in F Major, K. 590
BEETHOVEN Quartet in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3
SCHUMANN Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1
The Artemis Quartet plays with vigor, brilliance, and sensitivity. More than that, its performances have clarity of conception and unfussy directness”
—The New York Times
The Berlin-based Artemis Quartet was founded in 1989 at the University of Music Lübeck, went on to win first prizes at the ARD and the Premio Borciani competitions, and today is counted among the foremost quartets of the world.
The Quartet gives concerts at all the great musical centres and international festivals in Europe, the United States, Asia, South America and Australia. Since 2004 the ensemble curates its own seasons at the Berlin Philharmonie, since 2011 at the Wiener Konzerthaus (together with the Belcea Quartet) and as of 2016/2017 at Prince Regent Theatre Munich.
The Artemis Quartet has toured and made recordings with such colleagues as Sabine Meyer, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Jörg Widmann, Leif Ove Andsnes, Truls Mørk as well as Thomas Kakuska and Valentin Erben from Alban Berg Quartet.
Since 2005 the Artemis Quartet has recorded exclusively for Virgin (now Erato) and has created a large discography. Their recordings have been repeatedly awarded the The German Record Critic’s Award, the Gramophone Award, the Diapason d’Or as well as the ECHO Klassik. Their complete recording of Beethoven’s quartets was honoured with the important French Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros in 2011.
Most recently, a Mendelssohn disc was released in 2014, and – dedicated to Friedemann Weigle – a recording of Brahms quartets, released in fall 2015, won The German Record Critic’s Award.
Contemporary music is important to the ensemble and composers such as Mauricio Sotelo, Jörg Widmann, Daniel Schnyder and Thomas Larcher have written works for the Artemis Quartet. The group launched their own contest for musical composition in 2015; the first awardee was Eduard Demetz, and his String Quartet No. 2 received its premiere in 2016.
In addition to their concert careers, the four musicians teach as professors at University of the Arts Berlin and Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Brussels.
After the tragic death of the group’s violist Friedemann Weigle in July 2015, the Artemis Quartet restructured itself in the beginning of 2016 with Anthea Kreston as second violin, and Gregor Sigl moving from second violin to viola.