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Apollon Musagète Quartet

Apollon Musagète Quartet ©Nikolaj Lund

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String Quartets

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

Winner of first prize and several other awards at the International Music Competition of the ARD in 2008, the Apollon Musagète Quartet has rapidly become an established feature of the European musical scene, captivating public and press alike. The quartet studied with Johannes Meissl at the European Chamber Music Academy and was inspired by the musicians of the Alban Berg Quartet at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

The quartet was nominated ECHO Rising Stars 2010, followed by highly successful performances at prestigious European venues. It was also named BBC New Generation Artist in 2012, leading to extensive touring in the UK and a number of recordings for the BBC. In 2014 the musicians received the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.

The Apollon Musagète Quartet collaborates with renowned artists in chamber music such as Martin Fröst, Per Arne Glorvigen, Angelika Kirchschlager, Gabriela Montero and Jörg Widmann. They appeared in chamber music festivals including the Bach Festival Leipzig, Budapest Spring, Chopin Festival Warsaw, Edinburgh International Festival, Esterhazy String Quartet Festival Eisenstadt, Grafenegg Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, Kissinger Sommer, Musikfest Bremen, Musikfestspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Mozartfest Würzburg, Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival as well as the Settimane Musicali di Ascona and Stresa. It has also appeared in several symphonic series with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Philharmonic Orchestra Heidelberg and the Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg.

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. Moreover, the musicians focus on concert repertoire of the 20th and 21st century and recently recorded works by Panufnik and Palester.

Pawel Zalejski plays a violin by the Amati brothers from 1615 and Piotr Skweres a cello by Gennaro Gagliano dated 1741. The instruments that have kindly been provided by the MERITO String Instruments Trust. Furthermore, the quartet thanks the Thomastik Infeld for the generous support and the enterprise Stoffwerk for the exclusive and custom-made concert clothes.

Saturday 30 June 2018

9. Main Evening Concert

Date 30 June 2018
Time 8:00 pm
Location Bantry House
Admission €47/€37/€27/€13

8. Crespo Series

Date 30 June 2018
Time 4:00 pm
Location St. Brendan’s Church
Admission €18/€13/€9
Sunday 1 July 2018

18. Main Evening Concert

Date 1 July 2018
Time 8:00 pm
Location Bantry House
Admission €47/€37/€27/€13
Monday 2 July 2018

25. Masterclass

Date 2 July 2018
Time 3:00 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission Free
Wednesday 4 July 2018

41. Masterclass

Date 4 July 2018
Time 11:30 am
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission Free

43. Masterclass

Date 4 July 2018
Time 3:00 pm
Location The Maritime Hotel
Admission Free
Thursday 5 July 2018

56. Main Evening Concert

Date 5 July 2018
Time 8:00 pm
Location Bantry House
Admission €47/€37/€27/€13

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