artemis - the quartet

Vineta Sareika - violin
Anthea Kreston - violin
Gregor Sigl - viola
Eckart Runge - violoncello

„The interpretation of Artemis Quartet is not only technically on a par with the most virtuosic of their competitors – but it offers as well a higher musical intensity than all the others!“
Joachim Kaiser, Süddeutsche Zeitung
Berlin based Artemis Quartet was founded in 1989 at the University of Music Lübeck and is counted among the foremost worldwide quartet formations today. Important mentors have been Walter Levin, Alfred Brendel, the Alban Berg Quartet, the Juilliard Quartet and the Emerson Quartet.
Being awarded the first place in ARD competition in 1996 and six months later at ‚Premio Borciani’, made the quartet internationally successful. Yet the four initially followed an invitation of the Institute for Advanced Study Berlin in order to enhance their studies as an ensemble and to broaden them in an interdisciplinary exchange with renowned academics. 
Artemis Quartet gives concerts for all great musical centres and international festivals in Europe, the United States, Asia, South America and Australia. Since 2004 the ensemble creates own cycles at the chamber music hall of Berlin Philharmonie, since 2011 at Wiener Konzerthaus (together with Belcea Quartet) and with the beginning of season 2016/2017 at Prince Regent Theatre Munich.
From the beginning the collaboration with musical colleagues has been a major inspiration for the ensemble. Thus, Artemis Quartet has toured with notable musicians such as Sabine Meyer, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Juliane Banse and Jörg Widmann. Various recordings document the artistic cooperation with several partners, for example the piano quintets by Schuhmann and Brahms with Leif Ove Andsnes, the Schubert quintet with Truls Mørk or Arnold Schönberg’s ’Verklärte Nacht’ with Thomas Kakuska and Valentin Erben from Alban Berg Quartet.
Since 2005 the Artemis Quartet exclusively records for Virgin, today Erato and can by now look back on a large discography. Their recordings have been repeatedly awarded the ’The German Record Critic’s Award’, the ’Gramophone Award’, the ’Diapason d’Or’ as well as the ’ECHO Klassik’. The entire recording of Beethoven’s quartets for strings was honoured with the important french ’Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros’ in 2011.
Most recently released was a recording of creations of Mendelssohn-Bartholdy in 2014 (ECHO Klassik) as well as – dedicated to Friedemann Weigle – the recording of Brahm’s quartets op. 51/1 and op. 67 in fall 2015 (The German Record Critic’s Award).
Not least to increase the awareness for what is new in the field of established music, the examination of contemporary music is always a significant part of the artistic work of the ensemble. Composers such as Mauricio Sotelo (2004), Jörg Widmann (2006), and Thomas Larcher (2008) wrote creations for Artemis Quartet. In 2014 a concert for strings and orchestra by Daniel Schnyder premiered in Frankfurt. The musicians launched their own contest for musical composition in 2015. Eduard Demetz was nominated the awardee in November 2015 and his string quartet Nr. 2 will receive its premiere in Berlin in the first half of 2016.
    In addition to their touring schedule, the four musicians teach as professors at University of the Arts Berlin and Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Brussels.
    Eckart Runge plays a particularly rare cello made by the brothers Hieronymus and Antonio Amati in Cremona 1595, and Anthea Kreston on a violin from ca1710 by Carlo Antonio Testore. Both instruments are a generous loan of Merito String Instruments Trust Vienna. 

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Eckart Runge

Eckart Runge studied with Edmond Baert at the Brussels Conservatory as well as with David Geringas at the Musikhochschule Lübeck. Having won several international competitions (Premio Stradivari Cremona 1991, Deutscher Musikwettbewerb Bonn 1994 and "Concours International de Musique Genève" 1995), he started performing as a soloist at an early stage.

In addition to his international career as a member of the Artemis Quartet, "the polyglot musician is busy promoting and toiling for musical 'border crossings' in Tango, Jazz und film music" (Der Spiegel) and has managed to win a continuously growing audience for sophisticated chamber music with his CelloProject, founded in 1998. Together with pianist Jacques Ammon he presents various programmes dedicated to Tango, film and Jazz. Further productions of the project are "Concert Visuel", with two mimes from the Compagnie Marcel Marceau, and "Saite an Saite - Kreativität und Dialog im Unternehmen Leben". The combination of artistic earnest and communicative presentation is received enthusiastically by audiences and critics alike. The concerts are distinguished not only by innovative programming, but also by the unconventional way in which the Berlin-based performer takes his audience through the evening, be it in German, English, French or Spanish.
Eckart Runge's self-definition as artist is closely entwined with his social and educational commitment. Thus he lends his support, both through regular benefit performances and directly on location, to organisations such as "Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland", "Yehudi Menuhin- Life Music Now" as well as to youth orchestra projects in South America.
Together with his colleagues from the Artemis Quartet Eckart teaches as professor at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and the Chapelle Reine Elisabeth in Brussels.

vineta sareika

A native of Jurmala (Latvia), Vineta Sareika began her violin studies at the age of 5. She studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris with Gérard Poulet and at the Queen Elisabeth Music College with Augustin Dumay. Sareika has attended the master classes of, among others, Ida Haendel, Ivry Gitlis, Zakhar Bron, Mauricio Fuks and Franz Helmerson.
Since becoming laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2009, Sareika has been invited to perform as a soloist by renowned orchestras such as the Belgian National Orchestra, London Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic and London Chamber Orchestra. She has worked with conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Paul Goodwin, Gilbert Varga and Gérard Korsten, and performs regularly in Europe, Asia, Australia and in the United States.
Vineta Sareika was a founding member of the Trio Dali, which has won several prizes in competitions in Osaka, New York, Vienna and Frankfurt. The recordings of Trio Dali devoted to Ravel and Schubert were highly acclaimed by critics. Together with her colleagues, Sareika has given master classes in Sydney and Melbourne, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and the Royal Academy of Music in London.
In 2011, Sareika was appointed principal concertmaster of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic. She also appears regularly as guest concertmaster with orchestras in Belgium and has collaborated with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Donald Runnicles, Kurt Masur, Jaap van Zweden and Hervé Niquet. Sareika plays a Joseph Guadagnini violin (1793), generously on loan to her from a private sponsor.
Vineta Sareika joined the Artemis Quartet in 2012.

Anthea Kreston

Violinist Anthea Kreston has received numerous awards for her chamber collaborations including honors (as a member of the Avalon Quartet) at the Melbourne and Banff International Competitions, Top Prize in the Munich ARD International Chamber Music Competition, and Grand Prize at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition.

The San Diego Reader said of her "...Anthea is a soloist of the Heifetz-Shaham-Vengerov caliber, whose musical instincts could make even a mere bagatelle thrill the soul and stir the senses to a frenzy." 
She made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and tours actively with her piano trio, The Amelia Piano Trio. Anthea has won awards from Chamber Music America for her groundbreaking work with abused children and AIDS patients in Hartford, CT.
The Amelia Piano Trio has enjoyed a busy performance schedule since its forming. One of the brightest groups in America, the Trio was honored as a recipient of the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. She has also enjoyed touring as part of YoYo Ma's Silk Road Project, which brought her from Las Vegas to Kazakhstan. 
Anthea holds a B.A. in Women's Studies from Cleveland State University and a performance degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. She has taught at the Hartt School of Music (where she received her Master's Degree), Wesleyan University, and Willamette University. 
Anthea can be heard on the labels Naxos, Cedille Records,
and Channel Classics.

Gregor Sigl

​Violinist Gregor Sigl received early instruction in music from his mother starting at the age of five and continued his musical education at the "Albert Greiner Music School" in Augsburg.
When only ten years old, he enrolled at the renowned "Mozarteum" Salzburg, in the class of Prof. Jürgen Geise. In the following years, Sigl won First and Second Prizes at Germany's nationwide music competition "Jugend Musiziert", receiving commendation in the violin solo and string quartet categories.
In 1991 he was awarded a scholarship to study with American violinist Lynn Blakeslee at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
In 1993 Sigl was accepted to the international masterclass of Latvian violinist Philippe Hirshhorn at the Utrecht Conservatory.
From 1997 to 1999 he completed his studies with violinists Arjen Beintema, Viktor Liberman, Herman Krebbers, Alexander Kerr and Charles André Linale.
Ever since 1997 Sigl has regularly been invited as a guest-concertmaster and musical director with orchestras such as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, the Camerata Salzburg and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Franz Welser-Möst, Sir Roger Norrington, Vassily Sinaisky, Sakari Oramo, Leonidas Kavakos, Daniel Harding, Zoltan Kocsis, Adam Fischer, Peter Eötvös, Trevor Pinnock, Michael Gielen, Sir Charles Mackerras and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Sigl holds professorships at the University of Fine Arts (Universität der Künste) in Berlin, as well as the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth) in Brussels.
As a member of the Berlin based Artemis Quartet, Sigl performs at all the most important concert venues in Europe, the US, Japan, South America, Australia and at numerous international music festivals. The Artemis Quartet records exclusively for Virgin Classics / EMI.
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