Vineta Sareika, Violin
Gregor Sigl, Violin
Friedemann Weigle, Viola
Eckart Runge, Cello
The Berlin-based Artemis Quartet was founded in 1989 in Lübeck. It 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 on Virgin Classics / EMI.
Beethoven: Complete String Quartets was awarded the prestigious French Grand
Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros.
Since 2004, the Artemis Quartet has programmed its own critically renowned series at the
Berlin Philharmonie and, in addition, was named quartet in residence at the Vienna
Konzerthaus in 2011.
The Artemis Quartet has had an exclusive recording contract with Virgin Classics / EMI
since 2005, and its discography is extensive. The quartet's recordings have been recognized
with the prestigious Gramophone Award, as well as the
Diapason d'Or and two ECHO Klassik awards.
A focus on contemporary music is an important part of the Artemis Quartet's work.
Composers such as Mauricio Sotelo (2004), Jörg Widmann (2006), and Thomas Larcher (2008)
have written pieces for the ensemble. The premiere of a concerto for quartet and orchestra
by Daniel Schnyder is planned for 2014.
In addition to their concert careers, the four musicians are professors at the Universität
der Künste in Berlin and at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Brussels.