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Vogler String Quartet


Formed in East Berlin in 1985 and still with its original members, the Vogler Quartet quickly established itself as one of the finest quartets of its generation. Mastering a repertoire of over two hundred works from all periods and musical styles, they are widely recognized for their uncommon musical intelligence, homogeneous sound, insightful interpretations and unconventional programming. They now pursue an international schedule of concerts and master classes in prestigious venues all over the world.  In 2008, the Vogler Quartet returned to North America for their seventh tour in as many years, which included recitals at Carnegie Hall and in Washington, D.C. 

In 1993, the Vogler Quartet instituted its own concert series at the Konzerthaus in Berlin; because of its great popularity, they now offer a parallel series in Neubrandenburg. The quartet founded the Vogler Spring Festival in Sligo, Ireland in 1999, which brings together international artists for chamber music and workshops every spring.  Ongoing collaborations are important to the quartet and have included artists such as Philippe Cassard, Angela Cheng, David Geringas, Markus Groh, Isabelle van Keulen, Daniel Mueller-Schott, Ian Parker, Alfredo Perl, Menahem Pressler, Jan Vogler, Antje Weithaas, Jörg Widmann, baritone Dietrich Henschel, and the Artemis, Pellegrini and Petersen quartets.

The Vogler Quartet is also strongly committed to the performance of contemporary music.  They performed Morton Feldman's five-hour second string quartet with tremendous success at the MusikBiennale in Berlin in 1999. At EXPO 2000, all of Wolfgang Rihm's string quartets were performed by the Vogler and Arditti Quartets. The Vogler Quartet regularly commissions and premieres new works, recently including quartets by Frank Michael Beyer (2004), Jörg Widmann (2005) and Mauricio Kagel (2007).

Trained at the Hanns Eisler Music Institute in Berlin, the Vogler Quartet first attained recognition in 1986 after winning First Prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. Shortly thereafter, BMG/RCA produced the first of many recordings for the quartet, later followed by Nimbus Records, Col Legno and CPO.  Since 2005, they have recorded for Profil/Edition Günter Hännsler and in April 2008, released a CD of works by composers from the "New Jewish School" with clarinetist Chen Halevi and pianist Jasha Nemtsov.

In 2007, the Vogler Quartet assumed the prestigious Chamber Music Residency at the Stuttgart Conservatory, a position previously held by the Melos Quartet.

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 Vogler String Quartet