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Acclaimed Polish string quartet makes Athens debut

Apollon Musagète Quartet (Photo by Marco Borggreve)

On Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. at Hodgson Concert Hall, the Apollon Musagète Quartet makes its Athens debut.

This Polish ensemble praised for “an enormous dynamic range, an unusual malleability of phrasing, and a wide palette of color” (Cleveland Classical) will play string quartets by friends Brahms and Dvořák. Puccini’s sweet elegy “Chrysanthemums” is a palate cleanser.

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.

Recent engagements have taken the quartet to the Auditori Barcelona, Konzerthaus and Philharmonie Berlin, Edinburgh International Festival, the Chopin and his Europe Festival in Warsaw, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall New York, Louvre Paris, Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele and to the Tonhalle Zurich.

Apollon Musagète Quartet collaborates with renowned chamber musicians such as Martin Fröst, Nils Mönkemeyer, István Várdai and Jörg Widmann. They appeared in several symphonic series with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic and Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

The quartet welcomes collaborations that integrate chamber music into other performing art forms and were part of projects such as a staged concert by the Berlin-based performance group Nico and the Navigators, a ballet production at the National Theatre in Nuremberg and a world tour with the pop singer Tori Amos. Their own compositions “Multitude for String Quartet” and “A Multitude of Shades,” both published by the Viennese publisher Doblinger, are often included in the quartet’s concert repertoire.

Audience members may enjoy a free pre-performance talk by Theresa Chafin in Ramsey Concert Hall from 1:15-1:45 p.m.

This performance is supported by Kenny Garbee-Bussure.

Three ways to get tickets

  1. Purchase tickets online at
  2. Call the Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  3. Visit the UGA Performing Arts Center box office, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (five-minute parking is available in the drop off circle at the Performing Arts Center for purchasing or picking up tickets.)

Single tickets begin at $25, and UGA student tickets are just $10. Parking is free.

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