The Berlin-based Artemis Quartet was founded in 1989 at the Musikhochschule Lübeck and is
recognized today as one of the foremost quartets in the world.
Since its successful debut at the Berlin Philharmonie in 1999, the quartet has performed
in all the great music centers and at international festivals in Europe, the US, Japan,
South America, and Australia.
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, Brussels, Florence, Cologne, London, Paris, and Rome.
The project culminated in a recording of the complete quartets with Virgin Classics / EMI.
The project was awarded the prestigious French Grand Prix du Disque de l'Académie Charles
Since 2004, the Artemis Quartet has been programming its own critically renowned series in
the Berlin Philharmonie and, in addition, was named quartet in residence at the Vienna
Konzerthaus in 2011.
In recognition of its 2012 recording of the three great Schubert quartets, the Artemis
Quartet has been invited to design a concert series that features these works and many
guest artists in the Salle Pleyel in Paris during the 2013-2014 season.
Collaborations with other musicians have always been an important source of inspiration
for the ensemble. The quartet has toured with such artists as Sabine Meyer, Elisabeth
Leonskaja, Juliane Banse, and Jörg Widmann. Several collaborations have also been
documented on CD, such as the Brahms and Schubert piano quintets with Leif Ove Andsnes, the
Schubert Quintet with Truls Mørk, and Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht with
Thomas Kakuska and Valentin Erben of the Alban Berg Quartet.
The Artemis Quartet has had an exclusive recording contract with Virgin Classics / EMI
since 2005 and has produced an extensive discography. Its recordings have been recognized
with the prestigious Gramophone Award, as well as the Diapason d'Or and the
ECHO Klassik (twice).
In addition to their concert careers, the four musicians are professors at the Universität
der Künste in Berlin and at La Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Brussels.