Martin Funda &Johanna Staemmler, violins | Teresa Schwamm-Biskamp, viola | Peter-Philipp Staemmler, cello
With their spectacular triumph at the International ARD Competition in Munich in 2012, where they won the First Prize, the Audience Prize and six further prizes, the young string quartet from Berlin embarked on a unique musical career. The BBC featured them from 2014 to 2016 as part of its “New Generation Artists” series, and in the 2016/17 season they were part of the “Rising Stars” series. They have studied with former members of the Artemis Quartett and Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet). The quartet has enjoyed great success at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Berlin, and the Wigmore Hall in London. Working with chamber partners as Thomas Hampson, Martin Fröst, Tabea Zimmermann or Jörg Widmann is an inspiration for the Armida Quartet. The quartet gives masterclasses in Germany and abroad, and they are active in social programs and youth projects, including Rhapsody in School and Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now.