Apollon Musagète Quartet
The Apollon Musagète Quartet is one of the most charismatic and creative ensembles on the international music scene. Along with the traditional string quartet repertoire, the Quartet has had a number of new works dedicated to it, often on the theme of their spiritual mentor, Apollo.
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 the 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 ensemble was nominated ECHO Rising Stars 2010, followed by highly successful performances at prestigious European venues. It was also named BBC New Generation Artist in 2012, leading to extensive touring in the UK and a number of recordings for the BBC. In 2014 the musicians received the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.
The Apollon Musagète Quartet collaborates with renowned artists in chamber music such as Martin Fröst, Per Arne Glorvigen, Nils Mönkemeyer, Gabriela Montero, István Várdai, and Jörg Widmann. They appeared in several symphonic series with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.
They welcome collaborations that integrate chamber music into various forms of performing arts and were part of projects such as a staged concert by the Berlin-based performance group Nico and the Navigators, a ballet production of the National Theatre in Nuremberg, and a world tour with the pop singer Tori Amos. Their own compositions Multitude for String Quartet and A Multitude of Shades, both published by the Viennese publisher Doblinger, are often included in the quartet’s concert repertoire.
Paweł Zalejski, violin
Bartosz Zachłod, violin
Piotr Szumieł, viola
Piotr Skweres, cello
Quartet in d minor, Op. 34
Alla polka: Allegretto scherzando
Finale: Poco allegro
Quartet in a minor, Op. 51, No. 2
Allegro non troppo
Quasi Minuetto, moderato
Finale: Allegro non assai