Artemis Quartet

String Quartet

Vineta Sareika, Suyoen Kim
Alternating violins
Gregor Sigl
Viola
Harriet Krijgh
Cello
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Biography

Three decades since its founding in 1989 at the University of Music Lübeck and one year since its new configuration, the Artemis Quartet affirms its exceptional status in the world of chamber music. As Susanne Benda remarked in a concert review for the Stuttgarter Nachrichten in September 2020: “The delicacy, profound urgency, tight-knit communication, balance between immediacy and overarching artistic framework: these qualities are as present as ever”.
Despite the pandemic-related cancellations of the quartet’s extensive tours to the United States and Asia in the 2020/21 season, the ensemble will nonetheless be featured in all of the most prominent concert series in Europe. These appearances include three concerts in each of the following venues: Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Cologne’s Philharmonie and Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw. Until the end of 2020, the quartet’s repertoire focuses on a selection of Ludwig van Beethoven’s quartets, combined with new works celebrating the composer’s anniversary year. Starting in January 2021, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Dvořák and Shostakovich take on a more prominent role in the ensemble’s programming.

Since winning the ARD Music Competition in 1996 and International String Quartet Competition Premio Paolo Borciani in 1997, the Artemis Quartet has made appearances in all major music centres on five continents. The quartet’s formative mentors include Walter Levin, members of the Alban Berg Quartet, Juilliard Quartet and Emerson Quartet, as well as Alfred Brendel. The Artemis Quartet has recorded exclusively for Virgin (now known as Erato/Werner) since 2005; its albums are regular recipients of awards worldwide. In 2011, the ensemble’s recording of Beethoven’s complete string quartets was recognized with the prestigious “Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros”; in 2019, it was selected to be part of Warner Classics’ release of Beethoven’s complete works to commemorate the composer’s 250th birthday.
In 2003, the Beethoven-Haus Association of Bonn awarded the Artemis Quartet an honorary membership in recognition of its interpretations of Beethoven’s music.

Composers such as Mauricio Sotelo (2004), Jörg Widmann (2006) and Thomas Larcher (2008) have written notable pieces for the Artemis Quartet. In 2014, the quartet premiered a concerto for quartet and orchestra by Daniel Schnyder. In 2020, the quartet commemorated Beethoven’s anniversary year by commissioning – and premiering – works by Lera Auerbach, Pēteris Vasks and Jörg Widmann.

Vineta Sareika performs on a violin by Antonio Stradivari from 1683, on loan from the Ruggieri Foundation. Suyoen Kim can be heard on the “Lord Newlands” Stradivari from 1702, generously made available by the Nippon Music Foundation. Gregor Sigl’s instrument, of unattributed origins, stems from around 1700 and can be heard in the recordings of the legendary Busch Quartet; violist Friedemann Weigle, whom the quartet tragically lost in 2015, had acquired it while he was a member of the Petersen Quartet. Harriet Krijgh plays on a cello by Domenico Montagnana (1723), loaned by the Prokopp Foundation.

2020 / 2021
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Programme

2021 / 2022
Programme I
Fall 2021

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

Programme II
Spring 2022

Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80

Bartók: String Quartet No. 1, Op.7 Sz. 40

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Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 “American”

Programme III

Schubert: String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, D. 87

Janáček: String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters”

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Ravel: String Quartet in F major

2020 / 21
Programme I
Winter 2020 / 2021

Bach: TBA (arrangement for string quartet)
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 15 in E-flat minor, op. 144
Bach: TBA (arrangement for string quartet)
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Dvorák: String Quartet No. 13 in G major, op. 106

Programme II
Spring 2021

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

Beethoven 2020
from Autumn 2020

Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13

Vasks: String Quartet No. 6

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Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132


with Eckart Runge (cello)
from Spring 2020

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59 No. 3 “Razumovsky”

Auerbach: String Quartet No. 9 “Dankgesang”

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Beethoven: String Quintet in A minor after the “Kreutzer”-Sonata, Op. 47

Discography

Shostakovich
Dmitri Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 5 in B-flat major, Op. 92
Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57
String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp minor, Op. 108

Elisabeth Leonskaja - Piano

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


Contact

Linda Uschinski (Head)
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Matthias Hermann
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