The Vogler Quartet, still featuring the four original members, has been founded in 1985. In 35 years since its foundation, it has secured a place for itself among the top chamber music ensembles, thanks to its great individual and joint skills, and has been a guest on nearly all the world‘s major concert platforms. It was the quartet‘s sensational success at the 1986 string quartet competition in Evian, France, where they won several prizes, that set the four musicians on the path to a great international career.
The Vogler Quartet‘s repertoire covers both the classical literature for string quartet from Haydn to Bartók and the Second Viennese School, as well as lesser-known and
brand-new works, giving them an unusual range. Modern compositions have been written for them by Ian Wilson, Gerald Barry, Frank Michael Beyer, Jörg Widmann, Mauricio Kagel, Erhard Grosskopf and others.
The Quartet‘s versatility and openness is also reflected in their regular cooperation with other wellknown musicians, where their spectrum ranges from a quintet featuring a piano, clarinet, viola or cello, to works scored for an octet. One example is the CD they released in 2008 together with the clarinettist Chen Halevi and the pianist Jascha Nemtsov with works of the “New Jewish School”, another one the glamorous cooperation with Ute Lemper in 2012. The CD “Paris Days & Berlin Nights” on Steinway & Sons with Ute Lemper got a nomination for the 2013 Grammy Awards.
In the next few years, the Vogler Quartet will be adding to their already extensive
discography a complete recording of the Dvorak quartets for cpo, three CDs are already available. To mark the 30th anniversary of the quartet, a book entitled "A World on Sixteen Strings - Discussions with the Vogler Quartet" was published in early 2015.
The Vogler Quartet has a number of regular commitments: they have their own recital
series at the Konzerthaus Berlin, they appear at the annual „Sligo international Chamber Music Festival” in Ireland, and they are responsible for the artistic direction of the “Internationale Kammermusiktage Homburg”. In addition, they run the children‘s music festival in Kassel “Nordhessische Kindermusiktage”, which has won several prizes.
The Vogler's teach in master classes and workshops for professional quartets both in Europe and overseas.
From 2007 to 2012 the members of the Vogler Quartet were appointed professors for chamber music at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule as successors to the Melos Quartet.
Since then they are holding professorships in the Colleges/Hochschulen Frankfurt Main, Leipzig, Stuttgart and Berlin.
For the Beethoven anniversary 2020, the Vogler Quartet plays Beethoven cycles in the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Holzhausenschlösschen in Frankfurt.
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