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Evening Series

Artemis Quartet

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
7:30 pm

Beethoven: Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, no. 1
Peteris Vasks: Quartet No. 5 (2004)
Smetana: Quartet No. 1 in E Minor
(“From My Life”)

According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, “The Artemis Quartet’s technique is on par with the most virtuoso competitors— and their musicality surpasses that of all other ensembles!” Since its successful debut at the Berlin Philharmonie in 1999, the quartet has performed in all the great music centers and international festivals in Europe, the U.S., Japan, South America, and Australia. This performance marks the group’s third appearance in our Evening Series concerts.

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"The Artemis Quartet’s technique is on par with the most virtuoso competitors—and their musicality surpasses that of all other ensembles!"
Joachim Kaiser, Süddeutsche Zeitung

The Berlin-based Artemis Quartet was founded in 1989 at the Musikhochschule Lübeck, and is recognised today as one of the foremost quartets in the world. Their mentors include Walter Levin, Alfred Brendel, the Alban Berg Quartet, the Juilliard Quartet and the Emerson Quartet.

The ensemble had its international breakthrough with first prizes at the ARD Wettbewerb in 1996 and at “Premio Borciani” half a year later. Subsequently, the musicians received an invitation to the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, where they were able to expand their musical studies and enjoy interdisciplinary exchange with renowned scholars. Since its successful debut at the Berlin Philharmonie in 1999, the quartet has performed in all the great music centres and at international festivals in Europe, the USA, Japan, South America and Australia.

In 2003, the Beethoven-Haus Society awarded the Artemis Quartet an honorary membership in recognition of its interpretations of Beethoven's works. Film director Bruno Monsaingeon created an impressive portrait of the musicians and their performance of Beethoven's Grosse Fuge op. 133 in his 2001 film “Strings Attached”. As a celebration of its special affinity for Beethoven’s music, as well as its 20th anniversary as an ensemble, the quartet embarked on a Beethoven cycle in 2009, which was performed over two seasons in Berlin, Vienna, Brussels, Florence, Cologne, Frankfurt, London, Paris and Rome. The project culminated in a recording of the complete quartets with Virgin Classics/EMI. The “Beethoven Complete” project was awarded the prestigious French “Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros.”