Artemis Quartett

The Artemis Quartett celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2019. Time after time they have reinvented themselves, while staying one of the world's leading quartets.

Opening Concert String Quartet Biennale 2020

  • 20:15
  • 25.01.2020
  • Grote Zaal
  • € 37

Artemis Quartett
Vineta Sareika violin
Suyoen Kim violin
Gregor Sigl viola
Harriet Krijgh cello

Alfred Schnittke String Quartet no. 3
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet no. 23, KV 590
Béla Bartók String Quartet no. 6

2019 marks the Artemis Quartett’s thirtieth year on the stage. They have gone through turbulent times, each time reinventing themselves afresh to take their place at the forefront of their field – a true testimony to the characteristic resilience and complexity of a string quartet. They will celebrate their anniversary in the Netherlands during the String Quartet Biennale, with the opening concert as high point: a striking programme featuring three substantial works. 

 

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Gregor Sigl is the quartet’s violist: ‘It is a groundbreaking challenge for us and definitely a high point; performing the final string quartet of two of the most significant composers of this genre in a single concert. The contrast could not be starker: Mozart’s final quartet radiates a boundless joie de vivre, while Bartok’s sixth string quartet expresses deep mourning.’

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Selected by / Artemis Quartett

  • 17:00
  • 26.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 27

Artemis Quartett
Vineta Sareika violin
Suyoen Kim violin
Gregor Sigl viola
Harriet Krijgh cello

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky String Quartet no. 2
Bedřich Smetana String Quartet no. 1 ‘Aus meinem Leben

Each day in Selected By a quartet will present two major works of its own choice in a one-hour performance without interval. The juxtaposition of the two pieces creates a strong contrast or tension, while in some cases their musical impact is reinforced by their relationship to each other.

Selected By kicks off with two highly charged string quartets. Tchaikovsky himself had no qualms about his second string quartet: ‘I regard it as my best work; no other piece has poured forth from me so simply and easily.’ Smetana’s first string quartet was also close to his own heart: a musical autobiography in which he reminisces on episodes from his entire life.

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