"Rising Stars' Tour



The Armida Quartet has already defined itself among the leading string quartets of its generation with a remarkable career trajectory in recent years. The Quartet was chosen by four major German concert halls as part of the “Rising Stars” scheme of the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO). The four musicians began their European tour in October 2016 in London’s Barbican Centre and continue in 2017 in the concert halls of Vienna’s Konzerthaus (January 30th), the recently-opened Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg (February 4th), the Auditori in Barcelona (April 20th), Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw (May 17th), the Conservatoire in Brussels (June 6th) and Cologne’s Philharmonie (June 18th). The Quartet will additionally release a new album in early 2017 with quartets by Haussmann, Scarlatti, Bach, Goldberg, Mozart and Beethoven (CAvi).


The Armida Quartet’s first prize triumph at the 2012 International ARD Competition in Munich thrust the group onto the international scene. Between 2014 and 2016 the New Generation Artist Scheme of London’s BBC Radio 3 supported the ensemble. They perform regularly in Germany, Europe and Asia. The nomination as “Rising Stars” by the Elbphilharmonie, Cologne Philharmonie, Dortmund Konzerthaus and Festpielhaus Baden-Baden sees the group building a presence in the most prestigious halls in Europe. An additional component of the ECHO programme is the commissioning and world premiere of a new quartet by Serbian composer Marko Nikodijevic, whose work „tiefenrausch“ was premiered by the Armida Quartet in London in October.


The Armida Quartet has released four albums in as many years. The courageous debut album features string quartets by Ligeti, Kurtág and Bartók (CAvi, Oktober 2013). It was immediately awarded a prize from the German Record Critics’ Award (Best of the Year list 1/2014). Two more albums followed with works from Mozart (CAvi, Juli 2015), Beethoven and Schostakovich (CAvi, September 2016) as well as a recording of piano quintets by Dvořák and Scharwenka with the pianist Ewa Kupiec (Solaris, Juni 2015).


The Armida Quartett – Martin Funda, Johanna Staemmler, Teresa Schwamm and Peter-Philipp Staemmler – is based in Berlin, Germany, and celebrates its 10th anniversary this season. The origin of the ensemble’s name comes from one of the most successful operas of Joseph Haydn, the so-called “Father of the String Quartet.” The Quartet has founded its own concert series in its hometown of Berlin, “Mozart Exploded“. Their series combines the Quartet’s vision of playing the entire Mozart string quartet repertoire with the most modern and daring works for this instrumentation.



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