Vineta Sareika

Vineta Sareika 

A native of Jurmala (Latvia), Vineta Sareika began her violin studies at the age of 5. She studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris with Gérard Poulet and at the Queen Elisabeth Music College with Augustin Dumay. Sareika has attended the master classes of, among others, Ida Haendel, Ivry Gitlis, Zakhar Bron, Mauricio Fuks and Franz Helmerson.

Since becoming laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2009, Sareika has been invited to perform as a soloist by renowned orchestras such as the Belgian National Orchestra, London Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic and London Chamber Orchestra. She has worked with conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Paul Goodwin, Gilbert Varga and Gérard Korsten, and performs regularly in Europe, Asia, Australia and in the United States.

Vineta Sareika was a founding member of the Trio Dali, which has won several prizes in competitions in Osaka, New York, Vienna and Frankfurt. The recordings of Trio Dali devoted to Ravel and Schubert were highly acclaimed by critics. Together with her colleagues, Sareika has given master classes in Sydney and Melbourne, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and the Royal Academy of Music in London.

In 2011, Sareika was appointed principal concertmaster of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic. She also appears regularly as guest concertmaster with orchestras in Belgium and has collaborated with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Donald Runnicles, Kurt Masur, Jaap van Zweden and Hervé Niquet. Sareika plays a Antonio Stradivari violin (1683), generously on loan to her from he Ruggieri Foundation.

Vineta Sareika joined the Artemis Quartet in 2012.

Suyoen Kim

Suyoen Kim 

Violinist Suyoen Kim was born in Münster in 1987, and received her first violin lessons when she was five years old. At the age of nine – the youngest conservatory student in Germany at the time – she enrolled at the Musikhochschule Münster, learning with Professor Helge Slaatto.

After receiving her degree, she continued her studies with Professor Ana Chumachenco, graduating from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München with a Masters in 2010, and from the Kronberg Academy in 2012.

While still studying towards her first degree, Suyoen Kim won first prize at the 2006 Hannover International Violin Competition. In 2009, she won fourth prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition in Brussels.

Suyoen Kim performs regularly as a soloist with renowned orchestras and conductors as well as with numerous chamber music partners. The Artemis Quartet will be the first chamber music ensemble in which she holds a permanent position.

Since the beginning of 2018, Suyoen Kim is First Concert Master of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

She plays a 1702 instrument by Stradivarius, “Lord Newlands”, which is kindly sponsored by the Nippon Music Foundation.

Harriet Krijgh

Harriet Krijgh 

Twenty-seven-year-old Harriet Krijgh is one of today’s most exciting and promising young cellists. Her grace and expressiveness touch her audiences as soon as she is on the concert platform.

Harriet Krijgh was born in the Netherlands in 1991. She studied with Lilia Schulz-Bayrova and Jontscho Bayrov at the Music and Arts University of the city of Vienna and at the Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson.

Krijgh played in the most important venues of the world including Vienna’s Musikverein and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She has performed with orchestras such as London Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Bamberger Symphoniker, ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She is also regular guest at international festivals such as Rheingau Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Heidelberger Frühling and Schubertiade Hohenems.

Krijgh has an exclusive recording relationship with Deutsche Grammophon since April 2018 and anticipates her first release of works by Vivaldi under the yellow label in 2019. Her discography also comprises of six discs, all released by Capriccio in the last six years, featuring music by Kabalewski, Haydn, Brahms, Rachmaninov as well as several French composers. Krijgh is winner of numerous competitions. In 2015/2016 she was chosen "Rising Star" of by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO).

As a passionate chamer musician Krijgh is Artistic Director of the music festival “Harriet & Friends” since 2012, which takes place annually in the summer and winter at Burg Feistritz/Austria.

She performs on a rare Domenico Montagnana cello (Venice, 1723), whose scroll was made by Stradivarius, which is on loan to her by the Prokopp Foundation.

From May 2019 Harriet is a permanent member of the Artemis Quartet.

Gregor Sigl

Gregor Sigl 

Violinist and violist Gregor Sigl received early instruction in music from his mother starting at the age of five and continued his musical education at the "Albert Greiner Music School" in Augsburg.

When only ten years old, he enrolled at the renowned "Mozarteum" Salzburg, in the class of Prof. Jürgen Geise. In the following years, Sigl won First and Second Prizes at Germany's nationwide music competition "Jugend Musiziert", receiving commendation in the violin solo and string quartet categories.

In 1991 he was awarded a scholarship to study with American violinist Lynn Blakeslee at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
In 1993 Sigl was accepted to the international masterclass of Latvian violinist Philippe Hirshhorn at the Utrecht Conservatory.

From 1997 to 1999 he completed his studies with violinists Arjen Beintema, Viktor Liberman, Herman Krebbers, Alexander Kerr and Charles André Linale.

From 1997 to 2007 Sigl has regularly been invited as a guest-concertmaster and musical director with orchestras such as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, the Camerata Salzburg and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Franz Welser-Möst, Sir Roger Norrington, Vassily Sinaisky, Sakari Oramo, Leonidas Kavakos, Daniel Harding, Zoltan Kocsis, Adam Fischer, Peter Eötvös, Trevor Pinnock, Michael Gielen, Sir Charles Mackerras and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Sigl holds professorships at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, as well as the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels.

As a member of the Berlin based Artemis Quartet, he performs at all the most important concert venues in Europe, the US, Japan, South America, Australia and at numerous international music festivals. The Artemis Quartet records exclusively for Erato - Warner Classics.

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