Armida Quartett
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2006
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Armida Quartett

Armida Quartett Biography (BBC)

MARTIN FUNDA, violin

JOHANNA STAEMMLER, violin

TERESA SCHWAMM, viola

PETER-PHILIPP STAEMMLER, cello

The Armida Quartet has taken its name from one of the most successful operas by Joseph Haydn. This reference to the “Father of the String Quartet” is no coincidence; the great master himself once said, “my language is understood by the whole world”. Making the language of the string quartet understandable is the Armida quartet’s great concern. Haydn's wit and creative spirit accompanies the young musicians on their journey and is a constant incentive and inspiration to them.

The Quartet was founded in the summer of 2006 in Berlin and has worked closely with the members of the Artemis Quartet. The Armida members are currently attending the Artemis Quartet’s class at the Universität der Künste. The ensemble has received musical inspirations from Natalia Prischepenko as well as from Alfred Brendel, Ferenc Rados, Tabea Zimmermann, Eberhard Feltz, Walter Levin, Martin Spangenberg and Heime Müller. In addition, the musicians have taken part in master classes taught by the Alban Berg, Guarneri and Arditti Quartets.

In September 2012 the Armida Quartet achieved first prize and Audience Award at the 61st International Music Competition of ARD, where it has been also awarded with the Special Prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned composition “Lost Prayers” by Erkki-Sven Tüür and additional five special prizes. Already in 2011 the Armida Quartet received first prize and Audience Award at the 66th Concours de Genéve, as well as the “Dr. Glatt” Special Prize for the interpretation of the String Quartet No. 1 “Metamorphoses nocturnes” by György Ligeti.

Earlier the young ensemble received various scholarships, including Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Berlin, Schierse Foundation Berlin and the scholarship of the German Federal President, with which the Armida Quartet was awarded at the venerable Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Competition. In October 2012 the ensemble received a further scholarship of the Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation.

The Armida Quartet has performed in numerous European countries and at some of Europe’s most important venues, including the Hamburg Laeiszhalle, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Munich Herkulessal and the Opera Bastille in Paris. In addition, the four young musicians were invited to renowned festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein and the Rheingau Music Festivals, the Davos Festival and the Heidelberger Frühling, where the quartet had the opportunity to work together with Thomas Hampson and Ewa Kupiec.already early in its career. Moreover the ensemble has enjoyed artistic collaboration with Tabea Zimmermann and Anna Prohaska.

From October 2012, the Quartet has taken over a teaching assignment for the first time at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. The Quartet's debut CD with works by Béla Bartók, György Ligeti and György Kurtág was released by the CAvi-music label in autumn 2013 has been included in the list of top recordings for the “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik” in February 2014: "Everything prudently and well nuanced, structurally transparent, in dynamics finely graded and with a sound of fascinating clarity." (Ingeborg Allihn)



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York Bowen
Quintet in C minor, Op 85
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Quintet in C minor, Op 85
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quartet in A major K.464 for strings
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Quartet in A major K.464 for strings
Antonín Dvořák
Quintet no. 2 in A major Op.81 for piano and strings
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Quintet no. 2 in A major Op.81 for piano and strings
Johannes Brahms
String Quartet no. 2 in A minor Op.51`2
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String Quartet no. 2 in A minor Op.51`2
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Fugue in C minor K.546
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Fugue in C minor K.546
Carl Maria von Weber
Quintet in B flat major, Op.34
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Quintet in B flat major, Op.34
Joseph Haydn
Quartet in C major, Op76 no 3 (Emperor)
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Quartet in C major, Op76 no 3 (Emperor)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quintet in C major, K515
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String Quintet in C major, K515
Franz Schubert
Quartettsatz in C minor, D.703
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Quartettsatz in C minor, D.703
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quintet in G minor K.516 for strings
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Quintet in G minor K.516 for strings
Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op.59`2 (Rasumovsky)
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String Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op.59`2 (Rasumovsky)
Bedrich Smetana
String Quartet No.1 in E minor (From My Life)
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String Quartet No.1 in E minor (From My Life)
Sergei Prokofiev
Quartet No.2 in F Major, Op.92 (On Kabardinian Themes)
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Quartet No.2 in F Major, Op.92 (On Kabardinian Themes)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Contrapunctus 1, 4 & 11 from 'Die Kunst der Fuge' [The Art of the Fugue], BWV.1080
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Contrapunctus 1, 4 & 11 from 'Die Kunst der Fuge' [The Art of the Fugue], BWV.1080
Johann Sebastian Bach
Contrapunctus 1 (Die Kunst der Fuge)
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Contrapunctus 1 (Die Kunst der Fuge)
Ludwig van Beethoven
Grosse Fuge Op.133 for string quartet
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Grosse Fuge Op.133 for string quartet
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quartet in B flat major K.458 (Hunt) for strings
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Quartet in B flat major K.458 (Hunt) for strings
Franz Schubert
Quintet In C Major D.956 For 2 Violins, Viola And 2 Cellos
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Quintet In C Major D.956 For 2 Violins, Viola And 2 Cellos
Alban Berg
Lyric Suite
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Lyric Suite
Johann Sebastian Bach
Contrapunctus 1 (from 'The Art of Fugue')
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Contrapunctus 1 (from 'The Art of Fugue')
Felix Mendelssohn
Quartet no. 6 in F minor Op.80
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Quartet no. 6 in F minor Op.80
Johannes Fischer
Canons and Sparrows
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Canons and Sparrows
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Adagio and fugue in C minor K.546
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Adagio and fugue in C minor K.546
Johann Sebastian Bach
Contrapunctus 6, a 4 im stile francese [from 'The Art of Fugue']
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Contrapunctus 6, a 4 im stile francese [from 'The Art of Fugue']
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quintet in C major (Proms 2016)
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String Quintet in C major (Proms 2016)
Franz Schubert
String quartet in C minor (Quartettsatz), D703
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String quartet in C minor (Quartettsatz), D703
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet No.22 in B-flat major, K.589
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String Quartet No.22 in B-flat major, K.589
Leos Janáček
String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters"
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String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters"
Franz (1) Schubert & Armida Quartett
Quartet in A minor, D804 'Rosamunde'
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Quartet in A minor, D804 'Rosamunde'
Samuel Barber
Dover beach Op.3 for voice and string quartet
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Dover beach Op.3 for voice and string quartet
Antonín Dvořák
String Quartet No. 14 in A Flat Major, Op. 105
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String Quartet No. 14 in A Flat Major, Op. 105
Robert Schumann
String Quartet in F Major, Op.41 No. 2
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String Quartet in F Major, Op.41 No. 2
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet No. 5 in F Major, K.158
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String Quartet No. 5 in F Major, K.158
Armida Quartett
III Rondo from Concerto for String Quartet in A minor
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III Rondo from Concerto for String Quartet in A minor
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Past BBC Events

Proms 2016: PCM 7
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Cadogan Hall
2016-08-29T09:41:58
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Proms 2016: PCM 7

Proms 2016: PCM 7

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