vision string quartet
Jakob Encke, violin
Daniel Stoll, violin
Sander Stuart, viola
Leonard Disselhorst, cello
"…amazingly vivacious, vivid and electrifying… the hot-blooded guys from
vision string quartet seem to be completely fearless”
- Der Tagesspiegel
Founded in 2012 and based in Berlin, vision string quartet has already established itself as one of the finest young string quartets of its generation. With a unique versatility that focuses on the classical string quartet repertoire alongside their own compositions and arrangements of other disparate genres, the four young musicians are on a mission to re-address with integrity how classical music is presented and perceived by both new and traditional audiences. Their distinctive characteristics of performing all their concerts completely from memory and standing up lend its performances an added intimacy and intensity which has been widely praised.
2016 was a year of remarkable achievement for the quartet as they achieved not only first prize in two major competitions but all the audience and special prizes, too. Adding to their successes at Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Competition in Berlin at the beginning of the year and at the International Concours de Génève at the end of the year, they were also awarded the prestigious Würth Prize in November 2016, only a month after they had received the audience prize at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival. In 2018 they were awarded the prestigious chamber music prize of the Jürgen Ponto Foundation.
The young quartet experiments with innovative concert formats which they have brought to leading classical concert halls such as the Gewandhaus Leipzig, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Konzerthaus Berlin and Philharmonie Luxembourg as well as to prestigious festivals including the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Heidelberg Frühling and the Lucerne Festival. They have hosted concerts in complete darkness, have collaborated on projects with renowned ballet dancer and choreographer John Neumeier and worked together with lighting designers to bring further creative dimensions to their performances.
The 2019/20 season includes the quartet’s debut tours to both the USA and Japan. The Japanese tour includes performances in Kyoto, Oji and Musashino where the program of Haydn and Bacewicz alongside their own compositions will be televised by NHK. Their debut U.S. tour sees performances at New York’s Frick Collection and in Washington D.C., Toronto, Chicago, Montreal and Princeton. European engagements take them to the Berlin Philharmonie, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Società del Quartetto in Milan, Wigmore Hall and their first Norwegian appearances in Oslo, Bergen and Bodø. In May 2020 they become artist-in-residence at the Bodensee Festival at Lake Constance, which will see them perform seven concerts in varying programs including Bacewicz, Beethoven, Ravel, Schumann, Barber, Mendelssohn and their own compositions.
The quartet studied in Berlin under the Artemis Quartet and Günter Pichler of the Alban Berg Quartet at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. In addition, they have received tuition from teachers such as Heime Müller, Eberhardt Feltz and Gerhard Schulz, as well as participating in masterclasses at the Jeunesses Musicales, ProQuartet in France and the Foundation Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz where they were scholarship holders.
Chamber music partners include Jörg Widmann, Eckart Runge from the Artemis Quartet, Haiou Zhang, Edicson Ruiz, Avi Avital, Nils Mönkemeyer and the Quatuor les Dissonances.
2019 / 2020
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