ARTEMIS QUARTET & MARKUS GROH, piano
Vineta Sareika, violin
Gregor Sigl, viola
Eckart Runge, cello
Markus Groh, piano
The Berlin-based Artemis Quartet was founded in 1989 at the Musikhochschule Lübeck, and is recognised today as one of the foremost quartets in the world. Since its successful debut at the Berlin Philharmonie in 1999, the quartet has performed in all the great music centres and at international festivals in Europe, the USA, Japan, South America and Australia. In 2003, the Beethoven-Haus Society awarded the Artemis Quartet an honorary membership in recognition of its interpretations of Beethoven's works. Their 'Beethoven Complete' project was awarded the prestigious French Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros.
The Artemis Quartet has had an exclusive recording contract with Warner/Erato (formerly Virgin Classics/EMI) since 2005 and can boast of an extensive discography. Their recordings have been recognized with the prestigious Gramophone Award as well as the Diapason d’Or and the ECHO-Klassik (twice). Their latest recording of Mendelssohn’s works was released in the spring of 2014.
Pianist Markus Groh gained immediate world attention after winning the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in 1995, a competition that includes among its previous winners Vladimir Ashkenazy and Dame Mitsuko Uchida. Since then his remarkable musical imagination and astonishing technique have confirmed his place among the finest pianists in the world. He has performed with the Bamberg Symphony, Beijing Symphony, Berlin Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Hague Residentie Orkest, Helsinki Philharmonic, London Symphony, Orchestra of the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Mozarteum Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Osaka Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, and the Warsaw Philharmonic.
Among the conductors with whom he has collaborated are Jesus Lopez Cobos, Ivan Fischer, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Hans Graf, Marek Janowski, Neeme Järvi, Christoph König, Fabio Luisi, Juanjo Mena, Ludovic Morlot, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott, and Stefan Sanderling.