After intensely engaging in Mozart‘s string quartet œvre, the Armida Quartet is completing the recording of all string quartets by W.A. Mozart in 2022 with VOL V. The CD box set will be released in autumn 2022 on the CAvi music label and is the crowning conclusion to a productive cooperation with the G.Henle Verlag and the quartet-owned concert series Mozart Exploded.
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. After concerts and radio recordings as BBC New Generation Artists (2014-16) and subsequently as ECHO Rising Stars (2016/17), the musicians have established themselves as regular guests in the best-known chamber music halls in Europe, Asia, and the USA.
They studied with former members of the Artemis Quartet and with Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet); they owe further important impulses to Reinhard Goebel, Alfred Brendel, Marek Janowski, and Tabea Zimmermann.
Highlights of the 2021/22 season include the world premiere of Brett Dean’s Madame ma bonne soeur for quartet and mezzo-soprano with singer Lotte Betts-Dean at the Festspielherbst Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. As this year’s artistic director, the Armida Quartet will also be involved in other concerts during the festival season there. The ensemble will also perform at the Schubertiade Hohenems and the Thüringer Bachwochen, as well as at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Queens Hall Edinburgh.
In May 2022 the Armida Quartet has been appointed the first ambassador of the “Orchestras of Change” initiative (Orchester des Wandels e.V.). This association including numerous well-known orchestras has assigned itself the task of establishing topics of sustainability and climate protection in the cultural sector. The Quartet has been working for some time according to guidelines created together with sustainability managers and will support the “Orchestras of Change” initiative through joint projects in the future.