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Apollon Musagète Quartett

Apollon Musagète Quartett

Numbered among the world’s leading string quartets. Founded by four Polish artists in 2006, in Vienna, it has performed in the greatest concert halls, such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Wigmore Hall in London. In 2008, the ensemble won the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. It has appeared in prestigious festivals and cycles of chamber music. In 2010, in Goslar, the first edition of the Apollon Musagète Festival was held, under the quartet’s artistic patronage. The guests at the festival included members of the legendary Alban Berg Quartet. The AMQ has worked with such orchestras as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmoniker, Heidelberger Philharmoniker and Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg. Besides the classic repertoire, the ensemble also performs works dedicated to it, referring to the mythological figure of Apollo, guide of the muses (Musagète), and also its own compositions, including Multitude (2011, Doblinger Verlag), inspired by the string quartet of Witold Lutosławski. The ensemble’s openness to working with artists from outside the classical world has given rise to a disc recorded with the vocalist and pianist Tori Amos (2011, Deutsche Grammophon). The quartet regularly gives masterclass courses and workshops, including in Goslar, Augsburg and Reichenau. Over the period 2012–2014, the AMQ was among BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists. In 2014, the quartet won a ‘Passport’ awarded by the weekly Polityka and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award (UK). All the members of the AMQ are laureates of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage’s ‘Young Poland’ grant programme. The ensemble first performed at ‘Chopin and his Europe’ in 2014, playing all the quartets of Andrzej Panufnik and the First Quartet of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.


 

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