Chamber MusicArmida Quartett
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Biography

Martin Funda, violin
Johanna Staemmler, violin
Teresa Schwamm, viola
Peter-Philipp Staemmler, cello

Winning the ARD International Competition in 2012 (also sweeping all other prizes including the audience prize) propelled the Armida Quartet on to the international concert platform. 2014 saw them start a two year period on the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme, and in 2016 the Armida Quartet gave its’ BBC Proms debut and celebrated its’ 10th anniversary. In 2017 they completed a season as ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) “Rising Stars” as their fourth disc was released, and 2018 will see them make their debut in USA.


 

Founded in Berlin in 2006, the Armida Quartet took its’ name from a Haydn opera, the “father of the string quartet”. They have studied with members of the Artemis Quartet and Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), also drawing musical inspiration from Alfred Brendel, Reinhard Goebel, Eberhard Feltz, Walter Levin, Natalia Prischepenko and Tabea Zimmermann. The quartet has participated in masterclasses with the Arditti, Alban Berg and Guarneri Quartets.

2017/18 season will see the quartet perform at the International Festival Malmö Chamber Music, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Rheingau Musik Festival. They will return to London’s Wigmore Hall, Bonn, Basel, and Zurich amongst others. Their USA debut tour will culminate with a performance in Boston. In a collaborative project with Martin Fröst they perform in Barcelona, with Kit Armstrong in Freiburg, with Jörg Widmann in Leipzig and Gent, and joining the Modigliani Quartet they perform in Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Hannover and Hamburg.

As ECHO “Rising Stars”, nominated by Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, the Quartet performed in no less than 22 of Europe’s major concert halls including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Baden-Baden, Barcelona, Birmingham, Budapest, Brussels, Kölner Philharmonie, Dortmund, Hamburg, Lisbon, London, Luxemburg, Cité de la Musique Paris, Stockholm and Vienna’s Konzerthaus. On their programme they premiered a new quartet by Marko Nikodijevic.

The ensemble’s debut CD for CAvi in 2013, featuring works by Béla Bartók, György Ligeti and György Kurtág, was selected by the German Record Critics’ Award for its critics’ choice list. Celebrating its’ 10th anniversary in 2016 their second disc of Mozart quartets won equally high praise. Their next disc of Beethoven and Shostakovich was followed by a highly anticipated fourth disc of fugues “Fuga Magna”, which was released in May 2017.

Working with chamber partners is an inspiration for the Armida Quartet – they have additionally worked with Raphael Alpermann, Thomas Hampson, Ewa Kupiec, Maximilian Hornung, Daniel Müller-Schott and Tabea Zimmermann and fellow BBC NGA alumni collaborations have included Pavel Kolesnikov, Lise Berthaud, French horn player Alec Frank-Gemill and Quatour Van Kuijk.

First prize winners of the Geneva Competition in 2011 they have also received scholarships from the Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation and the Schierse Foundation in Berlin. 

SEASON 2017/2018

Quotes

“The four once again shine with stylistic assurance, perfect interaction and flawless intonation. A dramaturgic gripping and convincing concept recording, which at this excellent musical level offers even more pleasure listening to.”

Klassik.com, 08.2017

“The Armida Quartet demonstrated the qualities that have made them one of the most attractive and interesting young chamber ensembles in Europe.”

Platea Magazine, Jordi Maddaleno, 12.11.2017

“…And what a climactic performance this Beethoven is; hardly tamed in its rawness, its barely tonal confusion of voices carrying a slender, Classical beauty of thought which has the effect of linking it right back to everything that has gone before. It´s wonderful stuff. Truly one to both savour and admire.”

about the CD „Fuga magna“ in: Gramophone, Charlotte Gardner, 10.2017

“Their ability in conveying new harmonic and structural goings-on, unusual expressive nuances, virtuosic interactions between major and minor and the dynamic suspense techniques vital to Viennese Classic whilst preserving the different stylistics and eras is captivating”

Tiroler Tageszeitung, 16.02.2017

“Their ensemble playing is perfectly balanced: each player is aware of his/her role in the texture and harmony, and they weave in and out of the texture with ease. One feels a strong sense of intimacy in their ensemble”

Bachtrack, Nahoko Gotoh, 31.08.2016

“As a fitting finale to a fine concert, the quartet found a dazzling intensity in the last part of the fourth movement”

The Argus, Phil Dennett, 19.07.2016

“The five captured the jolly dance-like atmosphere of the finale excellently and ended with a rip roaring climax”

Seen and Heard International, Roger Jones, 11.07.15

“Absolute dedication to the music, along with diligence and precision, caused a feeling of permanent goose bumps. That is why the Armida Quartett is already one of the today`s greatest chamber music groups”

Hamburger Abendblatt, Marcus Stäbler, 31.01.2015

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Discography

Fuga MagnaMay. 2017, CAvi, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Mozart - String QuartetsK 169, K 464, K 589Jul. 2015, CAvi, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Bartók, Kurtág, LigetiOct. 2013, CAvi, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon

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