The Artemis Quartett

Four years ago, they won the ARD competition for young musicians. Now, they are emerging as an internationally-renowned music group. The Artemis Quartett, which was founded eleven years ago by conservatory students in the northern German city of Luebeck, is now based in Berlin, the German capital. The Artemis Quartet is getting ready for their first tour to Japan in May, and they just made two important debuts in America (February 4 and 5). A one-week tour to the United States included stops at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and at Carnegie Hall in New York. The Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress has a long history with chamber music, and works like the fifth string quartet by Bartok and two string quartets by Schoenberg had their world premieres there. The world-famous Carnegie Hall has been led by German manager Franx Xaver Ohnesorg since last fall. Even though the Artemis Quartet made its debut at Carnegie Hall this time, they are already somewhat familiar with New York. In 1996, they visited with the famous Juilliard Quartet to get coaching. Georg Hirsch observed the master class four years ago, and he also witnessed the debuts of the Artemis Quartet in Washington and New York.

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