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Apollon Musagète Quartet
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BBT Award 2014

Apollon Musagète Quartet - Biography

Paweł Zalejski violin
Bartosz Zachłod violin
Piotr Szumieł viola
Piotr Skweres cello

The ARD International Music Competition winner in 2008, the Apollon Musagète Quartet has rapidly become an established feature of the European musical scene, captivating public and press alike; the Süddeutsche Zeitung has for example noted: “If Apollo had played the violin instead of the lyre, this is exactly how it would have sounded.”

The quartet made its debut in 2010 at the Philharmonie in Berlin and, in the same season, it was nominated as ECHO Rising Stars by both the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna. This was followed by highly successful performances at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, the Philharmonie Cologne and at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, as well as in Barcelona, Luxembourg and Vienna. The Quartet was named BBC New Generation Artist in 2012 and more recently as recipient of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2014.

An essential element of the Quartet’s work is its collaborations with living composers such as Konstantia Gourzi and Krzysztof Penderecki; in addition to the traditional repertoire for string quartet, the group has had a number of works dedicated, often on the theme of its mythical inspiration Apollo. Concert programmes also include the quartet’s own compositions: Multitude for String Quartet and A Multitude of Shades; these collective compositions were also published by Doblinger, a traditional Viennese publishing company.

In 2010 the ensemble’s released their debut CD as well as Russian Soul in 2014 with works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, both on Oehms Classics. The quartet has also recorded works by Lutosławski, Penderecki and Górecki for Decca Classics.

It is a great honour to be a part of the BBT family. We feel very secure to have BBT as a partner supporting us in fulfilling our future goals.

Photographs by Marco Borggreve