Apollon Musagète Quartet
Winner of first prize and several other awards at the
ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 2008, the Apollon Musagète Quartet soon
became a frequent feature of the European music scene, captivating the public and the press
alike with its thrilling performances. The quartet made its debut at Berlin's Philharmonie
in 2010. During the same season, it was nominated for the Rising Stars cycle by both the
Konzerthaus and the Musikverein in Vienna, and had resounding successes at leading concert
halls, including the Megaron in Athens, Kölner Philharmonie, Cité de la musique in Paris,
Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Stockholm Concert Hall, and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw,
as well as in Luxembourg, Vienna, and Barcelona. The quartet was named a BBC New Generation
Artist in 2012-2013, followed by extensive touring of the UK and recordings for the BBC.
Recently, the quartet received the 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.
Highlights of the Apollon Musagète Quartet's 2014-2015 season include returns to London's
Wigmore Hall, Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and deSingel in
Antwerp. Festivals such as the Brighton Festival, Warsaw's Chopin International Music
Festival, Mozartfest Würzburg, and the Vinterfest in Sweden also welcome the quartet. In
January 2015, the quartet embarks on a tour of Switzerland with recitals in Lucerne,
Geneva, and Fribourg. Recent engagements have included appearances in Izmir and Istanbul,
as well as the opening concert at the European Krzysztof Penderecki Centre for Music in the
Polish town of Lusławice.
The Apollon Musagète Quartet collaborates regularly with renowned musicians such as Jörg
Widmann, Ewa Kupiec, and Martin Fröst. It has also taken part in chamber music cycles at
Les Grand Interprètes in Geneva, Esterházy String Quartet Festival, La Folle Journée in
Nantes, and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt.
The quartet places great importance on collaborations with living composers. In addition
to the traditional repertoire for string quartet, the Apollon Musagète Quartet has had a
number of works dedicated to it, often on the theme of the member's spiritual mentor,
Apollo. The quartet also often includes its own original compositions, Multitude for
String Quartet and A Multitude of Shades, in its programs.
The quartet's debut CD was released in 2010 on Oehms Classics and received the CD of the
Month Award from Vienna's Radio Stephansdom and the ORF Pasticcio Award. The quartet has
also recorded Bohuslav Martinů's Concerto for String Quartet in collaboration with the BBC
Symphony Orchestra, as well as works by Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, and
Henryk Górecki for Decca Classics.