Artemis Quartet

String Quartet

Vineta Sareika
Anthea Kreston
Gregor Sigl
Eckart Runge
"We don’t want to sound ‘like AN instrument’... We want to produce a three-dimensional quartet sound with strong individual voices, a relief instead of a picture."
Eckart Runge / Artemis Quartett, Onetz, November 2017
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The Artemis Quartet gives concerts at all great musical centres and international festivals in Europe, the United States, Asia, South America and Australia. Since 2004 the ensemble has created its own cycles at the chamber music hall of the Berlin Philharmonie, since 2011 at the Wiener Konzerthaus (together with the Belcea Quartet) and with the beginning of season 2016/2017 at the Prinzregententheater in Munich.
Berlin based Artemis Quartet was founded in 1989 at the University of Music Lübeck and is counted among the worldwide foremost quartet formations today. Important mentors have been Walter Levin, Alfred Brendel, the Alban Berg Quartet, the Juilliard Quartet and the Emerson Quartet.

Being awarded first place in ARD competition in 1996 and six months later at ‘Premio Borciani’ made the quartet internationally successful. Yet the four initially followed an invitation of the Institute for Advanced Study Berlin in order to enhance their studies as an ensemble and to broaden them in an interdisciplinary exchange with renowned academics. The quartet’s comeback happened with its Berlin debut. In 2013, the Beethovenhaus Bonn made the quartet an honorary member for the merits of its interpretation of Beethoven’s work.
„The interpretation of the Artemis Quartet is not only technically on a par with the most virtuosic of their competitors – but it offers as well a higher musical intensity than all the others!”Joachim Kaiser, Süddeutsche Zeitung, November 2010
From the beginning the collaboration with musical colleagues has been a major inspiration for the ensemble. Thus, the Artemis Quartet has toured with notable musicians such as Sabine Meyer, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Juliane Banse and Jörg Widmann. Various recordings document the artistic cooperation with several partners, for example the piano quintets by Schumann and Brahms with Leif Ove Andsnes, the Schubert quintet with Truls Mørk or Arnold Schönberg’s ‘Verklärte Nacht’ with Thomas Kakuska and Valentin Erben from the Alban Berg Quartet.

Since 2005 the Artemis Quartet exclusively records for Virgin, today Erato and can by now look back on a large discography. Their recordings have been repeatedly awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Gramophone Award as well as the Diapason d’Or. The entire recording of Beethoven’s quartets for strings was honoured with the important French Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros in 2011. The quartet has received an ECHO Klassik on four occasions, in 2015 for the recording of works of Mendelssohn-Bartholdy as well as in 2016 for the recording of Brahm’s quartets op. 51/1 and op. 67, dedicated to the quartet’s former violist Friedemann Weigle, who tragically passed away in July 2015. Their next recording with works of Shostakovich will be released in 2019, including the piano quintet with Elisabeth Leonskaja.

Not least to increase the awareness for what is new in the field of established music, the examination of contemporary music is always a significant part of the artistic work of the ensemble. Composers such as Mauricio Sotelo (2004), Jörg Widmann (2006), and Thomas Larcher (2008) wrote creations for the Artemis Quartet. In 2014 a concert for strings and orchestra by Daniel Schnyder premiered in Frankfurt. The musicians launched their own contest for musical composition in 2015. Eduard Demetz was awarded first prize in November 2015 and his string quartet no. 2 was given a very well received premiere in Berlin in May 2016.

In addition to their concerts, the four musicians teach as professors at the University of the Arts Berlin and the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Brussels.

2018 / 2019
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2020 / 21
Programme I
Spring 2021

Bach TBA
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 15 in E-flat minor, Op. 144
Bach TBA
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (arr. Sigl)

Programme II
Spring 2021

Mendelssohn: 4 Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81
Verdi: String Quartet in E minor
Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, Op. 29 D 804 ”Rosamunde” 

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Beethoven 2020
2019 / 2020


19:30 Uhr
Hamburg, DE / Elbphilharmonie
Artemis Quartett
15:30 Uhr
Montreal, QC, CA / Pollack Hall
Artemis Quartett
19:30 Uhr
Pittsburgh, US / Carnegie Music Hall
Artemis Quartett
19:30 Uhr
New York, NY, US / 92nd Street YM-YWHA
Artemis Quartett
19:30 Uhr
Schenectady, NY, US / Union College Chapel
Artemis Quartett
20:00 Uhr
Durham, NC, US / Baldwin Auditorium
Artemis Quartett
19:30 Uhr
Bremen, DE / Die Glocke
Artemis Quartett, Anthea Kreston, Eckart Runge
20:00 Uhr
Wadersloh-Liesborn, DE / Museum Abteil Liesborn
Artemis Quartett, Anthea Kreston, Eckart Runge
20:00 Uhr
Berlin, DE / Philharmonie
Artemis Quartett
19:30 Uhr
Wien, AT / Konzerthaus
Artemis Quartett, Anthea Kreston, Eckart Runge
19:30 Uhr
Wien, AT / Konzerthaus
Artemis Quartett, Anthea Kreston, Eckart Runge
11:00 Uhr
Schwetzingen, DE / Rokokotheater
Artemis Quartett, Anthea Kreston, Eckart Runge
20:00 Uhr
München III, DE / Prinzregententheater
Artemis Quartett
20:30 Uhr
Paris, FR / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
Artemis Quartett, Anthea Kreston, Eckart Runge


Brahms: String Quartets
Johannes Brahms
String Quartet No. 1, Op. 51 No. 1
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 67

Mendelssohn: String Quartets
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 44 No. 1
String Quartet No. 6, Op. 80
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 13

Schubert: String Quartets
Franz Schubert
String Quartet D 810 "Death and the Maiden"
String Quartet D 804 "Rosamunde"
String Quartet D 887

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets
Ludwig van Beethoven
Complete String Quartets

Beethoven: String Quartets Op.18/6, 130 & 133
Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No. 6, Op. 18 No. 6
String Quartet No. 13, Op. 130 & Grosse Fuge, Op. 133

Erato (Warner Classics), 2011

Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18/5, 18/3 & 135
Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No. 5, Op.18 No. 5
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 18 No. 3
String Quartet No. 16, Op. 135 "Muss es sein? Es muss sein!"

Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18/1 & 127
Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No. 1, Op. 18 No. 1
String Quartet No. 12, Op. 127

Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 59/3, 132, 18/2 & 131
Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No. 9, Op. 59 No. 3 "Razumovsky"
String Quartet No. 15, Op. 132
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 18 No. 2
String Quartet No. 14, Op. 131

The Piazzolla Project
Astor Piazzolla
Concierto para Quinteto for Piano Quintet
Estaciones Portenas (Seasons in Buenos Aires) for Piano Trio
Fuga y Misterio for Piano Quintet
Suite del Angel for String Quartet

Jacques Ammon - Piano

Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18/4 & 59/2
Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No. 4, Op. 18 No. 4
String Quartet No. 8, Op. 59 No. 2 "Razumovsky"

Schubert: Quartettsatz & String Quintet
Franz Schubert
String Quartet D 703 "Quartettsatz"
Cello Quintet D 956

Truls Mørk - Cello

Schumann & Brahms: Piano Quintets
Robert Schumann
Piano Quintet, Op. 44

Johannes Brahms
Piano Quintet, Op. 34

Leif Ove Andsnes - Piano

Dvořák & Janáček: String Quartets
Antonín Dvořák
String Quartet No. 13, Op. 106

Leoš Janáček
String Quartet No. 2 "Intimate Letters"

Verklärte Nacht
Richard Strauss
Introduction to "Capriccio" for String Sextet

Alban Berg
Piano Sonata, Op. 1 (transcription for String Sextet by Heime Müller)

Arnold Schönberg
String Sextet, Op. 4 "Verklärte Nacht"

Thomas Kakuska - Viola
Valentin Erben - Cello

Ligeti: String Quartets
György Ligeti
String Quartet No. 1 "Metamorphoses nocturnes"
String Quartet No. 2

Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 59/1 & 95
Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No. 11, Op. 95 "Quartetto serioso"
String Quartet No. 7, Op. 59 No. 1 "Rasumowsky"

Erato (Warner Classics), 2005

Mozart: Flute Quartets
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ouverture KV 384 "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" (anonymous transcription of the 18th century for Flute and String Quartet)
Flute Quartet, KV 285b
Flute Quartet, KV 285a
Flute Quartet, KV 285
Flute Quartet, KV 298
Ouverture, KV 621 "La Clemenza di Tito" (anonymous transcription of the 18th century for Flute and String Quartet

Henrik Wiese - Flute

Brahms & Verdi
Johannes Brahms
String Quartet, Op. 51 No. 2

Giuseppe Verdi
String Quartet in E minor

Ars Musici, 2000

Wolf - Zemlinsky - Webern - Berg
Hugo Wolf
Italian Serenade in G Major

Alexander von Zemlinsky
String Quartet No. 1

Anton Webern
Five Movements for String Quartet, Op. 5

Alban Berg
Lyrical Suite

Ars Musici, 1997


Artemis plays Brahms String Quartets


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