Winner of first prize and several other awards at the International Music Competition of the ARD in 2008, the Apollon Musagète Quartet has rapidly become an established feature of the European musical scene, captivating public and press alike. The quartet studied with Johannes Meissl at the European Chamber Music Academy and was inspired by the musicians of the Alban Berg Quartet at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
The quartet made its debut in 2010 at the Philharmonie in Berlin and, in the same season, was nominated as ECHO Rising Stars by both the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna. This was followed by highly successful performances at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels and at the Philharmonie Cologne, as well as in Barcelona, Luxembourg and Vienna. The Quartet was named BBC New Generation Artist in 2012, leading to extensive touring in the UK and a number of recordings for the BBC, e.g. the concert for quartet and orchestra by Bohuslav Martinů with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. More recently, the Quartet was announced as recipient of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2014.
Recent engagements have taken the quartet to the Auditori Barcelona, Basel, Beijing, Bologna, Brussels, Carnegie Hall New York, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, De Singel in Antwerp, Den Haag, Florence, Geneve, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Hamburg, Kattowitz, Konserthuset in Stockholm, Konzerthaus and Philharmonie Berlin, Louvre in Paris, Lucerne, Megaron in Athens, Milan, Munich, Musikverein Vienna, Philharmonie Cologne, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Prague, Salzburg, Shanghai, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw, Washington, Wigmore Hall London and Tonhalle Zurich, among others.
Highlights for the 2016/17 season include re-invitations to Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, London, Lucerne and Warsaw as well as debuts at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Handelsbeurs Concertzaal Gent and at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Furthermore, the quartet is going to perform at the Festival de Música in León and is part of a ballet production of Staatstheater Nürnberg and a production of the Berlin performance group Nico and the Navigators.
The Apollon Musagète Quartet collaborates with renowned artists in chamber music such as Martin Fröst, Per Arne Glorvigen, Angelika Kirchschlager, Ewa Kupiec, Gabriela Montero and Jörg Widmann. The quartet appeared in chamber music festivals including the Annecy Festival, Bach Festival Leipzig, Budapest Spring, Chamber Music Festival Stavanger, Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Esterhazy String Quartet Festival in Eisenstadt, Heidelberger Frühling, Kissinger Sommer, Musikfest Bremen, Musikfestspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Mozartfest Würzburg, Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele, Settimane Musicali di Ascona, Settimane Musicali di Stresa and the Vinterfest in Sweden. It has also appeared in several symphonic series with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Philharmonic Orchestra Heidelberg and the Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg.
An essential element of the Quartet’s work is its collaborations with living composers such as Konstantia Gourzi and Krzysztof Penderecki; in addition to the traditional repertoire for string quartet, the group has had a number of works dedicated, often on the theme of its mythical inspiration Apollo.
Concert programs also include the quartet’s own compositions: Multitude for String Quartet and A Multitude of Shades; these collective compositions were also published by Doblinger, a traditional Viennese publishing company.
The ensemble’s debut CD was released in 2010 on Oehms Classics to great critical acclaim and received a number of awards. The quartet has also recorded works by Lutosławski, Penderecki and Górecki for Decca Classics, receiving glowing reviews from the press. Recently the quartet has released Russian Soul presenting works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich with the label Oehms Classics in 2014. Their live recording of Beethoven and Weber as part of the BBC Proms in London was released in 2016 at the BBC Music Magazine CD.
Beyond their regular concert activities the quartet participated in the CD Night of Hunters by the American pop singer Tori Amos on Deutsche Grammophon. The album was rewarded with the ECHO in 2012 and was followed by a joint tour through Europe and America. The members of the Apollon Musagète Quartet play on instruments that have kindly been provided by the MERITO String Instruments Trust. Furthermore, the quartet thanks the Thomastik Infeld for the generous support and enterprise Stoffwerk for the exclusive and custom-made concert clothes.