Since its success at the ARD International Competition in 2012, where the Armida Quartet took First Prize, the Audience Prize and six other special awards, the career of the young Berlin string quartet has developed at a sensational pace.
Founded in Berlin in 2006, the Armida take their name from an opera by Haydn, the “father of the string quartet”. Still under the tutelage of Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet) and Reinhard Goebel, the ensemble has also studied with members of the Artemis Quartet for several years.
The Armida Quartet won first prize at the Geneva Competition in 2011 and received several scholarships, including those of the Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation and the Schierse Foundation in Berlin. The Armida Quartet is also taking part in the BBC New Generation Artists’ scheme between 2014 and 2016.
The Armida Quartet has been selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) to become its “Rising Stars” during the 2016/17 season. Therefore, the season is mainly dedicated to the “Rising Stars” concerts which will bring the Armida Quartet to major music cities and venues throughout Europe: Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Baden-Baden, Barcelona, Birmingham, Budapest, Brussels, Philharmonie Cologne, Dortmund, Hamburg, Lisbon, London, Luxemburg, Cité de la Musique Paris, Stockholm and Konzerthaus Vienna. As the artists undertake their tours they also engage with and deliver a broad variety of educational outreach with diverse communities across the ECHO network.
The ensemble’s debut CD, featuring works by Béla Bartók, György Ligeti and György Kurtág, was released in 2013 and selected by the German Record Critics’ Award for its critics’ choice list. Their second CD with music by Mozart was released in 2016, and an upcoming Shostakovich album will be released later this season.
During the summer of 2016 the Armida Quartet returns to the Wigmore Hall in London and gives their debut at the world famous BBC Proms. They are also appearing at the Cheltenham Festival, the Danish Hindsgavl Festival and at the Mozartfest in Augsburg. In addition to the Rising Stars concerts, the Armida Quartet will also play in Basel, Berlin and Madrid.
Frequent collaboration with others is a priority for the Armida Quartet – the ensemble has performed with Anna Prohaska, Thomas Hampson, Ewa Kupiec, Max Hornung, Daniel Müller-Schott, Jörg Widmann and Tabea Zimmermann. The four musicians of the Armida Quartet have taught chamber music at the Berlin University of the Arts since October 2012.
The Armida Quartet is Martin Funda (violin), Johanna Staemmler (violin), Teresa Schwamm (viola), and Peter-Philipp Staemmler (cello).
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Mozart, String Quartet No. 22 in B flat major, K. 589 (“Prussian 2″)
II – Larghetto
IV – Allegro assai
Ravel, String Quartet
III – Très lent
Janáček, String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”
III – Satz
Schubert, String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D. 887
II – Andante un poso mosso
III - Scherzo (Allegro vivace) – Trio (Allegretto)
Bartók, String Quartet No. 4, Sz 91
II - Prestissimo, Con Sordino
György Kurtág, String Quartet, Op. 1
II – Con Moto
V - Molto Ostinato
György Ligeti, String Quartet No. 1 Métamorphoses Nocturnes
I – Allegro Grazioso
II – Vivace – Capricisoso
IV – Presto
V – Prestissimo
VII – Tempo Di Valse – Moderato – Con Eleganza – Un Poco Capricioso
IX – Allegretto – Un Poco Gioviale
2017/18 Program Offerings
- 18/19 PREVIEW
With works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Bartók, Prokofiev, Kurtág
- The Art of Fugue
Bach, Mozart, Beethoven
- Modern Diary
Kurtág, Bartók, Marko Nikodijevic, Alban Berg
- The Hunt
Mozart, Brahms, Jörg Widmann
- Slavic Spirit
Smetana, Prokofiev, Beethoven
Current & Recent Programs
- Concerto Offerings
The Armida Quartet is pleased to offer the following concerti:
Louis Spohr (1784-1859)
Konzert für Streichquartett und Orchester a-moll, Op. 131 (1845)
Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Introduktion und Allegro Op. 47 für Streichquartett und Streicher (1905)
Eugene Ysaÿe (1858-1931)
Harmonie du soir Op. 31 für Streichquartett und Streichorchester (1924)
Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951)
Konzert für Streichquartett und Orchester B-Dur (nach einem Concerto grosso von Händel) (1933)
Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
Konzert für Streichquartett mit Orchester H 207 (1931)
Sándor Veress (1907-1992)
Konzert für Streichquartett und Orchester (1961)
Wolfgang Rihm (b. 1952)
“Concerto” Dithyrambe für Streichquartett und Orchester (2000)
Daniel Schnyder (b. 1961)
IMPETUS – Konzert für Streichquartett und Orchester (2014)
Søren Nils Eichberg (b. 1973)
“Endorphin” Concerto grosso für Streichquartett und Orchester (2011)
Projects & Collaborations
- Pre-Concert Talks and Lecture Concerts
The Armida Quartet gives an insight into our four lives and into the life of our group. We talk about our program, and about ourselves and our musical practice. What does it mean to spend most of one's time around the same three people? How do we choos...
We are offer workshops for all ages. We can work together as a big group or split into smaller groups with one member of the Armida Quartet acting as a coach. Together, we can discover the wonderful string quartet repertoire, or we can train your grou...
- Visiting Schools
We love to visit schools and convey to the students a very personalized impression of what it means to be a professional string quartet. The students are invited to participate, to ask questions, to create a cooperative project - there are no limits ...
- Pop-up Concerts
Have you ever heard a string quartet playing in a grocery store? We love to play at unusual venues. Each unique location provides a very special atmosphere and helps us to get in touch with the audience. Who says a string quartet can't fill up a dance ...