Martin Funda • Johanna Staemmler, violins
Teresa Schwamm, viola
Peter-Philipp Staemmler, cello
The Armida Quartet was founded in the summer of 2006 in Berlin and has worked closely with the members of the Artemis Quartet. In September 2012 the Armida Quartet achieved first prize and the Audience Award at the 61st ARD International Music Competition in Munich, where it was also awarded the special prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned composition Lost Prayers by Erkki-Sven Tüür and five additional special prizes. In 2011 the Armida Quartet won first prize and Audience Award at the 66th Concours de Geneve, as well as the Dr. Glatt Special Prize for the interpretation of György Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 1 ‘Metamorphoses nocturnes’. The four young musicians regularly receive invitations to renowned festivals including the Schleswig-Holstein, the Rheingau, the Davos and the Heidelberger Frühling. The quartet’s début recording with works by Béla Bartók, György Ligeti and György Kurtág was released by the CAvi-music label in October 2013.
Photo: Felix Broede