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BIOGRAPHY

Selected by BBC Radio 3 in their 2012/13 New Generation Artists and by Vienna’s Konzerthaus and the Musikverein as their 2010/11 Rising Stars, the current season sees the Apollon Musagète Quartet performing at the Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Louvre in Paris and Tonhalle in Zurich.

First Prize winners of the 2008 ARD International Music Competition, the Polish ensemble have met with resounding success in leading concert halls and chamber music festivals worldwide, such as Megaron in Athens, Philharmonie Cologne, Citè de la Musique Paris, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Konserthuset Stockholm and Concertgebouw Amsterdam as well as in Luxembourg, Vienna and Barcelona.

Past engagements have included collaborations with renowned musicians such as Angelika Kirchschlager or Martin Fröst as well as appearances in chamber music cycles including "Les Grand Interprètes" in Geneva, Esterhazy String Quartet Festival, La Folle Journée de Nantes and the Alte Oper Frankfurt. They have also featured in several symphonic cycles. Ardent advocates of the music of living composers, the Quartet often perform original compositions as well as works dedicated to them, often on the theme of Apollo.

Their debut CD was released in 2010 on Oehms Classics and received the 'CD of the Month' award by Radio Stephansdom Vienna and the 'Pasticcio Prize' of the ORF.

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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 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)