This concert is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for young artists established by Mr. and Mrs. Anthony B. Evnin and the AE Charitable Foundation.
The Berlin-based Artemis Quartet was founded in 1989 at the Lübeck University of Music, and is counted among the foremost quartet formations worldwide. Important mentors have included Walter Levin and Alfred Brendel, as well as members of the Alban Berg Quartett, Juilliard String Quartet, and Emerson String Quartet.
Collaboration with musical colleagues has been a major source of inspiration for the ensemble. The Artemis Quartet has toured with notable musicians such as Sabine Meyer, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Juliane Banse, and Jörg Widmann. Various recordings document the quartet’s artistic collaborations, including Schumann’s and Brahms’s piano quintets with Leif Ove Andsnes, Schubert’s String Quintet with Truls Mørk, and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht with Thomas Kakuska and Valentin Erben of the Alban Berg Quartett.
The Artemis Quartet records exclusively for Erato Records (formerly Virgin). Its recordings have been repeatedly honored with the German Record Critics’ Award, Gramophone Award, and Diapason d’Or. In 2011, its recording of Beethoven’s string quartets earned the distinguished Grand Prix du Disque from France’s Académie Charles-Cros. The quartet has received four ECHO Klassik awards, the most recent in 2016 for its recording of Brahms’s String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1, and String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat Major, Op. 67, dedicated to the Artemis Quartet’s former violist Friedemann Weigle, who passed away in July 2015. The ensemble’s next recording, which features works by Shostakovich (including the Piano Quintet with Elisabeth Leonskaja), will be released in 2018.
Contemporary music forms a significant part of the Artemis Quartet’s artistic work. Composers such as Mauricio Sotelo, Jörg Widmann, and Thomas Larcher have written for the quartet. In 2014, the ensemble premiered Daniel Schnyder’s Impetus, a concerto for string quartet and orchestra. The musicians launched their own contest for musical composition in 2015; Eduard Demetz became the inaugural awardee in November 2015, and his String Quartet No. 2 was given a well-received premiere in Berlin in May 2016.
In addition to concertizing, the four members of the Artemis Quartet teach as professors at the Berlin University of the Arts and the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Brussels.