Galatea Quartet

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Formed in 2005, the Galatea Quartet consists of siblings Sarah and Julien Kilchenmann, Yuka Tsuboi and Hugo Bollschweiler. The quartet’s studies in Zurich with Stephan Görner of the Carmina Quartet and in Berlin with the Artemis Quartet were the basis of its formative early years. The group’s members soon became fellows of the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) and maintain a fruitful relationship with its founder Hatto Beyerle to this day. Recognition came early on with competition prizes in Geneva (2006), Osaka (2008), Bordeaux (2010) and Florence (2010).  The quartet embarked on concert tours spanning Europe, Japan, Argentina, Canada and India and have been guests at some of the most important festivals.

The ensemble’s debut album ‘Bloch: Landscapes’ was released in 2011 by Sony Classical featuring works of the Swiss-American composer Ernest Bloch. The increased exposure led to international acclaim for the Galatea Quartet: in 2012 the ECHO Prize for Best Chamber Music Album (20th /21st century) was bestowed upon the group, shortly followed by the Kulturförderpreis of the Canton of Zurich in 2013. Besides the standard classical repertoire, entering new territory with innovative genre-crossing concepts plays an important role for the quartet, as evidenced by collaborations with Isabel Mundry and Helmut Lachenmann. Premieres of works by Martin Derungs, Hans-Ulrich Lehmann, Heinz Marti, Peter Wettstein, Martin Schlumpf and Rodolphe Schacher attest to a deep commitment to contemporary Swiss composers. Crossover projects are a staple, having lead to collaborations with Finnish jazz pianist Iiro Rantala, American composer Laurie Altman, Jon Lord (Deep Purple), Tina Turner, as well as a performance series of the Pink Floyd adaptation “To the Dark Side of the Moon”.