Part of: Quartets Plus
Apollon Musagète Quartet
·· Paweł Zalejski, Violin
·· Bartosz Zachłod, Violin
·· Piotr Szumiel, Viola
·· Piotr Skweres, Cello
SIBELIUS Andante festivo
MOZART String Quartet in C Major, K. 465, "Dissonance"
GRIEG String Quartet in G Minor
FRESEDO Vida mía
Winner of first prize and several other awards at the ARD International Music Competition in 2008, the Apollon Musagète Quartet has rapidly become an established feature of the European music scene.
The quartet was nominated for the ECHO Rising Stars series in 2010, and gave highly successful performances at prestigious European venues that season. It was named a BBC New Generation Artist in 2012, which led to extensive touring in the UK and a number of recordings for the BBC. More recently, the quartet was named recipient of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2014.
Highlights of the quartet’s 2017–2018 season include returns to Wigmore Hall in London, the Schubertiade Festival in Hohenems, and Music Toronto, as well as appearances in Budapest and Warsaw. In February 2018, the quartet embarks on a substantial US debut tour, performing in Boston, New York, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco.
The Apollon Musagète Quartet collaborates with such renowned artists as Martin Fröst, Per Arne Glorvigen, Angelika Kirchschlager, Gabriela Montero, and Jörg Widmann, and has appeared at festivals that include the Leipzig Bach Festival, Budapest Spring Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and Warsaw’s International Music Festival. It has also appeared in several symphonic series with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg.
The quartet’s debut CD was released in 2010 on Oehms Classics to great critical acclaim and numerous awards. The ensemble has also received glowing reviews for its recordings of works by Lutosławski, Penderecki, and Górecki for Decca Classics. Recently, the quartet released Russian Soul (2014) on Oehms Classics, presenting works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich.
Paweł Zalejski plays a 1615 violin by the Brothers Amati, and Piotr Skweres plays a 1741 cello by Gennaro Gagliano; these instruments have kindly been provided by the MERITO String Instruments Trust. The quartet also thanks Thomastik-Infeld for its generous support, and Stoffwerk for its exclusive and custom-made concert clothes.