The Vogler Quartet hails from Berlin, Germany. The quartet recently made a recording of Beethoven's "String Quartet Opus 59, No. 3," which the musicians will discuss and demonstrate during the Wittenberg event, which is free and open to the public.
The four musicians (unchanged since 1985) studied at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin with Professor Eberhard Feltz. The Vogler Quartet won the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France, in 1986, and it was also awarded the critics' prize and a special prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary work. The group's members were subsequently invited to study with the renowned LaSalle Quartet in Basel, Switzerland, and at the University of Cincinnati.
In 1999, the Vogler Quartet was designated "Quartet in Residence" in County Sligo/Ireland, a pilot project in which the members pioneered a dynamic model of musical development by working closely with local music groups, schools and educational institutions in the key areas of performance, musical education and instrumental tuition. They worked as program advisers for the Sligo Music Series and founded the annual Vogler Spring Festival.
The Vogler Quartet has mastered a repertoire of more than 200 works from all periods of music and has collaborated with such distinguished musicians as David Geringas, Daniel Mueller-Schott, Isabelle van Keulen, Michael Collins, Philippe Cassard and Alfredo Perl. Recordings by the Vogler Quartet include works by Bartok, Beethoven, Berg, Debussy, Janacek, Ravel and Shostakovich and the complete string quartets of Brahms and Schumann.
Quartet members now combine an extensive schedule of recitals in major music venues throughout the world, including a 15-year-old concert series in their hometown of Berlin, with a busy teaching career, which includes master classes and individual lessons. Members of the Vogler Quartet have been teaching study courses for string quartets at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Germany, since April 2007, succeeding the Melos Quartet.
Written By: Ryan Maurer
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