Apollon Musagète Quartet
Ensemble

"If Apollo had played the violin instead of the lyre, this is exactly how it would have sounded." (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Contacts

Sabine Frank +49 (0)89 6797 10455
Stephanie Haller +49 (0)89 6797 10434

Biography

The Apollon Musagète Quartet was selected by BBC Radio 3 as 2012/13 New Generation Artists and by Vienna’s Konzerthaus and the Musikverein as their 2010/11 Rising Stars. In January 2014 the ensemble won a prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.

Highlights for the 2014/15 season include re-invitations to London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Louvre in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and deSingel in Antwerp. Festivals such as the Brighton Festival, Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Würzburg Mozartfest and Vinterfest in Sweden also welcome the Quartet. In January 2015 the ensemble embarks on a tour of Switzerland with recitals in Lucerne, Geneva and Fribourg. Recent engagements have included appearances in Izmir

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The Apollon Musagète Quartet was selected by BBC Radio 3 as 2012/13 New Generation Artists and by Vienna’s Konzerthaus and the Musikverein as their 2010/11 Rising Stars. In January 2014 the ensemble won a prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.

Highlights for the 2014/15 season include re-invitations to London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Louvre in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and deSingel in Antwerp. Festivals such as the Brighton Festival, Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Würzburg Mozartfest and Vinterfest in Sweden also welcome the Quartet. In January 2015 the ensemble embarks on a tour of Switzerland with recitals in Lucerne, Geneva and Fribourg. Recent engagements have included appearances in Izmir and Istanbul and the opening concert at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Centre in the Polish town of Lusławice.

The ensemble’s debut CD was released in 2010 on Oehms Classics and received the CD of the Month award by Radio Stephansdom Vienna and the ORF Pasticcio Prize. The quartet has also recorded Martinů’s Concerto for string quartet and orchestra in collaboration with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as works by Lutosławski, Penderecki and Górecki for Decca Classics.

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Contacts

Sabine Frank +49 (0)89 6797 10455
Stephanie Haller +49 (0)89 6797 10434

Reviews

“[The Apollon Musagète] were impressive in a programme that began with Haydn’s “Emperor” Quartet and continued with Polish and Czech works. I found their tonal balance and ensemble entirely praiseworthy. I was taken aback by how little they looked at each other. It suggested that their excellent sound and ensemble were achieved primarily in rehearsal. Those virtues were displayed throughout the programme.” (Dennis Rooney, The Strad, February 2013)

"Clever programming and sweeping, stylish interpretation – it is no surprise that the four young Polish members of the Apollon Musagète quartet have risen to the very top of their profession. Mendelssohn's second string quartet offered the four musicians ample

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“[The Apollon Musagète] were impressive in a programme that began with Haydn’s “Emperor” Quartet and continued with Polish and Czech works. I found their tonal balance and ensemble entirely praiseworthy. I was taken aback by how little they looked at each other. It suggested that their excellent sound and ensemble were achieved primarily in rehearsal. Those virtues were displayed throughout the programme.” (Dennis Rooney, The Strad, February 2013)

"Clever programming and sweeping, stylish interpretation – it is no surprise that the four young Polish members of the Apollon Musagète quartet have risen to the very top of their profession. Mendelssohn's second string quartet offered the four musicians ample opportunity to demonstrate their sound and musical abilities. It was wonderful to see how they breathed together, the almost unreal start of the fugato in the second movement and the energy they infused into the witty and charming Scherzo.” (Münchner Merkur, March 2012)

“[The Apollon Musagète Quartet] play (Shostakowitch’s) fourth, relatively lyrical quartet like no-one ever had: With delicate, elegiac lightness in the upper register, and an Andantino brimming with exquisite sadness. Others may sound brash in the high notes and break the fortissimi, but the Apollon Musagète maintain a round, well-blended and noble sound… The harmonies are so precise and the voicing rubs so close in the Fugati, that the sound becomes most dense precisely in the frequent pianissimi. There, for whole seconds at a time, arises a breathtaking, god-like beauty.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung, March 2012)

“The Apollon Musagete String Quartet (ARD-prizewinner in 2008) is made up of young and dynamic soloists whose absolute professionalism, commitment and passion make them fully equal to the challenges of the string quartet repertoire: their ensemble playing is in another league from the standards generally offered by run-of-the-mill orchestral quartets.” (Augsburger Allgemeine, May 2009)

“The four young gentlemen of the Polish Apollon Musagete Quartet offered highly cultivated string quartet-playing and also presented two less well-known works from the treasure trove of their repertoire.” (Badisches Tagblatt, May 2009)

Discography