APOLLON MUSAGETE QUARTET
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020 at 2:30 PM
The Apollon Musagète Quartet cuts a striking presence on stage. They perform standing up and embody intense energy and dramatic expression of the music. Unlike many groups from Eastern Europe (they are Polish) they are very much at home in the central Viennese repertoire, having studied with members of the Alban Berg Quartet. Their first violinist is of soloist caliber and their performances are vivid, memorable and viscerally involving for the audience.
After winning the Gold Medal at the prestigious ARD Competition, the group rapidly established itself on the European musical scene. The quartet was an ECHO Rising Star in 2010, which brought them to the leading European venues. It was a BBC New Generation Artist in 2012, and in 2014 the musicians received the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.
Recent engagements have taken the quartet to the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus and Philharmonie Berlin, Edinburgh International Festival, Wigmore Hall London, Carnegie Hall New York, Rheingau Musik Festival, Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele and to the Chopin and his Europe Festival in Warsaw. The 2018/19 season included engagements at the Auditori Barcelona, Bozar Brussels, Frauenkirche Dresden, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Louvre Paris and at the Tonhalle Zurich. In summer 2019 the quartet begins its Schubert cycle for the Schubertiade in Austria. In June 2019 their Japan tour will bring them to locations such as Nagoya, Tokyo and Yokohama.
The Apollon Musagète Quartet collaborates with such artists as Martin Fröst, Gabriela Montero and Jörg Widmann. They have appeared in symphonic series with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.
They welcome adventurous collaborations and have toured extensively with pop star Tori Amos, as well as working with the Berlin based performance group Nico and the Navigators, and also a ballet production of the National Theatre in Nuremberg.