Aris in May: “Of anniversary celebrations and rehearsal rooms”

After the stresses and strains of touring in recent weeks and months, the musicians of the Aris Quartet had a relatively quiet month of May. But as they say: after the concert is before the concert - so more than just the odd hour or two was spent individually and collectively in the rehearsal room, as the next concerts in June and July are already just around the corner!

There was also a special anniversary to celebrate: 15 years of the Aris Quartet! On May 27, 2009, the ensemble gave its very first performance at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt - in the meantime, it has performed over 850 more concerts and with the same line-up! Congratulations on this achievement and here's to many more successful years!

Aris in March: "On streaming statistics and standing Americans"

It was an eventful March for the musicians of the Aris Quartet:

It started right away on March 1st with a world premiere by the Austrian-American composer Lukas Ligeti in Stuttgart's Liederhalle. Ligeti dedicated the 4th string quartet entitled "Neostasis" to the Aris Quartet.


On March 8th, International Women's Day, the Aris Quartet broke new ground and released the very first "e-single" in its 15-year history with music by Fanny Hensel with Deutsche Grammophon (Universal Music).

A new format for new times - and extremely successful, as evidenced by the tens of thousands of streaming views in the first few weeks. For those who also want something for the eye, the DG has conveniently also published the matching video - take a look and enjoy the music of the composer, who is unfortunately only rarely performed.


On March 14, the ensemble once again traveled to North America. From North Carolina to Utah, the musicians were celebrated by euphoric US audiences with standing ovations - a particular highlight was their Canadian debut in the "Salle Pollack Hall" in Montreal. An important part of the quartet's work is always working with talented young musicians - this time in master classes at Weber State University and the University of Utah.

Fortunately, there was enough time for one or two excursions into the impressive natural surroundings - and the musicians were able to spend Easter tired but happy with their families.

New e-single released by Deutsche Grammophon

On March 8, 2024, the first e-single and the first e-video of the Aris Quartet will be released by Deutsche Grammophon.

In keeping with International Women's Day, the first movement of Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel's String Quartet in E flat major is released as a "Musical Moment".


The recording is available on all popular streaming portals.


World premiere of the 4th string quartet by Lukas Ligeti

On March 1, 2024, the Aris Quartet premiered the 4th string quartet "Neostasis" by Lukas Ligeti at the Liederhalle Stuttgart.

The work was commissioned by the Aris Quartet and made possible by the generous support of the Wilfried & Martha Ensinger Foundation.


Following numerous world premieres in recent years - for example by Misato Mochizuki, Kit Armstrong, Pierre-Dominique Ponnelle, Gerald Resch, John Woolrich and Konstantia Gourzi - the Aris Quartet once again demonstrates its great commitment to contemporary music, which was already awarded the prestigious Mamlok Prize in 2022.

The Aris Quartett and Lukas Ligeti after the world premiere in Stuttgart. (picture Elke Walter)
The Aris Quartett and Lukas Ligeti after the world premiere in Stuttgart. (picture Elke Walter)

New release on Deutsche Grammophon

The multi-prize-winning Aris Quartet joins the Rising Stars series on STAGE+ with a programme of music by the siblings Felix Mendelssohn and Fanny Hensel. First comes Hensel's sparkling Quartet in E flat of 1834 – a work that likely languished unperformed until it was finally published in 1989 and revealed as an important work of musical romanticism. Mendelssohn, meanwhile, composed his dramatic final quartet in 1847 in response to his sister's sudden death – and died himself only a few months later. To complete the programme, the Aris Quartet perform a sparkling string quartet arrangement of Mendelssohn's Song without Words Op. 102 No. 3.


Exclusively on STAGE+

A furious start to 2023

In the 14 years of our existence, we have rarely had such an intense, fulfilling and packed start to the new year:

We started with the legendary chamber music week at Schloss Elmau with the great Tabea Zimmermann (viola), followed by performances with Daniel Müller-Schott (cello) and Kit Armstrong (piano) - including the world premiere of Armstrong's new piano quintet at the Alte Oper Frankfurt. Special quartet highlights were, of course, our concerts at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Konserthuset Stockholm and our debut at the Philharmonie Cologne.

There is only little time to take a deep breath: already in February we are going on our first US tour, with concerts in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and many more! 


Keep your fingers crossed for us, stay tuned and have a look at our Instagram channel!


Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Foto @danieldittus
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Foto @danieldittus

Aris Quartett on BBC TV

It was a very special honour to be guests on the BBC TV 4 programme "New Generation Artists Presents" this spring.

The show was broadcast from the historic Coal Exchange in Cardiff/Wales on May 01st.


You can hear the last two movements of Felix Mendelssohn's famous String Quartet in F minor op.80.

Listen to our performance here!

Aris Quartet awarded

                        Ursula Mamlok im März 2009, Foto © Simon Pauly

The Aris Quartet receives the Dwight and Ursula Mamlok Foundation Award for Interpretation of Contemporary Music 2022.

We are very pleased about this great appreciation, since we attach great importance to the collaboration with living composers and the integration of new music in the context of the classical string quartet repertoire!

The award ceremony will take place at the Konzerthaus Berlin on June 27, 2022 at 19:30.

→ For more information, please visit the homepage of the Dwight and Ursula Mamlok Foundation.

Wigmore Hall debut

We are very excited to finally make our debut at the Wigmore Hall London on October 11th!


The concert will be broadcast live at 01.00 pm by BBC Radio 3, with works by Schulhoff, Kurtág and Mendelssohn 


You are welcome to watch the concert live in the video stream!


Aris Quartett live in television!


On June 18th 2021 we were guests in the German TV show "Bühne Frei! - You can listen to our concert with works by Felix Mendelssohn, Ludwig van Beethoven and Erwin Schulhoff now!

We hope you enjoy it!


Nomination for the Opus Klassik Award


We are pleased to be nominated for the Opus Klassik Award in two categories:

· Ensemble/Orchestra of the year
· Chamber Music up to (and incl.) 19th century

Recording: Johannes Brahms
string quartet op. 51 no. 1
clarinet quintet op. 115 (with Thorsten Johanns)

Label: Genuin Classics
Ref.number: GEN20704
In cooperation with BBC Radio 3 and Deutschlandfunk


The recording is available in stores and online (like on Amazon or JPC)
Furthermore the recording is available on all common streaming platforms, such as Spotify, AppleMusic, Deezer a.o.

New CD release "Attacca"

One of the most brilliant works in the quartet literature, an exciting new composition based on it, and a virtuoso award-winning ensemble: the Aris Quartet's GENUIN CD Attacca bursts with energy from the very first moment.

Highly acclaimed with awards such as "Echo Rising Stars" 2019/2020, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, and "BBC New Generations Artists" 2018-2020, the Aris Quartet juxtaposes Beethoven's "Russian" Quartet Op. 59, No. 1, with Gerald Resch's String Quartet No. 3.

Gerald Resch's intention was to build a kind of "adjacent property" to Beethoven. The Aris Quartet vividly brings out both the connections and differences with its nuanced playing.


The CD will be available from May 07, 2021, for example on or 


Watch our video trailer on YouTube!
Watch our video trailer on YouTube!

The Aris Quartett live at the Philharmonie de Paris

We would like to inform you about our upcoming streaming concert:


Philharmonie de Paris

March 1st 2021

Works of Schulhoff, Haydn, Mochizuki, Beethoven


Here you can watch the stream!


The Aris Quartett at the Konserthuset Stockholm

We would like to inform you about our upcoming streaming concert:


Konserthuset Stockholm

Saturday, February 20th 2021, 04.00 pm

Works of Schulhoff, Mochizuki and Mendelssohn


The concert can be rewatched here!


The Aris Quartet at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

ECHO – this is the name of the network set up by Europe's leading concert halls, a cooperation that aims to work on joint initiatives and a mutual exchange of ideas. Every year the 22 members nominate six outstanding young artists and send them off on a large-scale tour.


The current »Rising Stars« appear at the Elbphilharmonie every year in the space of a week. Concerts cannot be given in front of a large audience this time round, but everyone can still enjoy the festival: the concerts are being transferred to the internet, and can be watched as a stream, starting on Tuesday 26 January at 20.30 with the Aris Quartett.

Each stream starts with a short talk from the artist, followed by the actual concert.


You can rewatch the concert stream here!

New CD release

Two years after their last CD, the Aris Quartett focuses on Johannes Brahms with their fifth production.

Included are two key works of the chamber music literature of the 19th century: The String Quartet in C minor, dating from the early period of maturity, is characterized by how the composer dealt with personal losses and how he overcame great doubts. The Clarinet Quintet is one of Brahms' last works ever. A swan song to his oeuvre, perhaps even to Romanticism in general.

Chamber music partner of the quartet is the clarinettist Thorsten Johanns.


The recording is a co-production of Deutschlandfunk and BBC Radio 3 and will be released by Genuin Classics.

The CD will be available from October 02, 2020, for example on oder



Important concert debuts in spring

Foto c) Elke Walter
Foto c) Elke Walter

In the coming weeks we are looking forward to some special concert debuts at home and abroad:


- March 12th: Barcelona, L Áuditori

- March 13th: Hamburg, Laeiszhalle 

- March 19th: Paris, Auditorium d´Louvre

- March 26th: Vienna, Musikverein 

- April 22nd: Bremen, "Die Glocke" 

- April 28th: Basel, "Paul Sacher Foundation"

- May 18th: London, Wigmore Hall


UPDATE: Due to corona virus many concerts have been cancelled. Please check out our concert calendar for more information!

Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award Winner 2020

The Aris Quartett is this year's winner of the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award of 30.000 £

The Award is given to recipients for the purpose of advancing their musical careers across a wide range of projects.The Trust also offers advice and practical support alongside the financial endowments to the selected musicians.
We are deeply honored, very happy and thankful for this huge appreciation!!" (C. Vinzens, violist)


Aris Quartett and Daniel Müller-Schott


It was a pleasure to perform Schubert with cellist Daniel Müller- Schott in Elmau, Frankfurt and Fürth last month.

Looking forward for many concerts to follow!

BBC Music Magazine


Proud to be part of the latest Cover CD of the BBC Music Magazine-

we hope you enjoy our performance of Mozart's String Quartet in B flat, K458 "Hunt"!

Aris Quartett named ECHO Rising Star

International recognition for the Frankfurt ensemble


The European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) has selected the Aris Quartett as Rising Stars for the 2020/2021 concert season.

Having already been named BBC New Generation Artists, the Rising Stars distinction represents a further international honor for their remarkable artistic achievements. The recommendation for selecting the Aris Quartet as Rising Stars came from the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the Konzerthaus Dortmund.

The European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) brings together many of Europe’s major concert halls into an active network, one of whose tasks is to support young musicians at the international elite level. The selected artists are given the opportunity to perform in Europe’s leading concert halls.

The ECHO Rising Stars program has existed since 1995 and has helped launch the international careers of many stars over the years. “The focus of the program is on musical excellence; the artists presented as part of the program are the best in their fields and are hand-picked by the Artistic Directors of our member concert halls,” says Andrew Manning, the Secretary General of the European Concert Hall Organisation. During their tours, the Rising Stars are involved in numerous cultural projects in the cities and regions of the ECHO network. 

Aris Quartett - BBC Proms

We are really looking forward to perform at "BBC Proms - The World's greatest classical music festival" for our first time. The concert will take place on August 12th and will be broadcasted by BBC Radio 3 - you are very welcome to join us, live in concert as well as on radio..!

BR Klassik - "Meine Musik"

Turn on the radio on Saturday the 2nd of February at 11:05 and listen to an interview (in German) with Katharina and Caspar.. klick >here< and have fun!

Merry X-mas

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all of you! We wish you a joyful time with your family and friends! 

Our first recording was released four years ago!

Our first recording was released four years ago, now we have already four...

Brace yourself - Christmas is coming...

New collaboration abroad

We are happy to share the new collaboration with agency Marianne Schmocker Artists International - representing the Aris Quartett in the United States of America, Canada and Mexico.

We are so looking forward to cross the ocean soon...

Photo (c): Michael Reh

Nomination for ICMA 2019



The Aris Quartett has been nominated for ICMA 2019 with its latest recording. Final results will be published in January 2019 - stay tuned..

Release of our latest CD recording

Our latest CD - including the 8th string quartet by Shostakovich and 'The death and maiden' by Schubert - has been released by GENUIN Classics in cooperation with Deutschlandfunk in September 2018.

The recording has received the Pizzicato Supersonic Award.

You can listen to it on Spotify our buy it online , on Amazon, Ebay and many others...

Aris Quartett wird BBC "New Generation Artists"


Aris Quartet was named BBC "New Generation Artists", an honor that brings with it recordings, international radio broadcasts and appearances in Britain's most prominent venues and festivals.


Photo: (c) Michael Reh

Aris Quartett invited to Arte TV-Show "Stars of tomorrow" and "RBB-Musiksalon"


The Aris Quartet was invited to the popular Arte TV-Show "Stars of tomorrow- presented by Rolando Villazón"  and the renowned radio broadcast "Musiksalon" of the RBB KulturRadio.


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Aris Quartett presented in German TV

In it's cultural magazine "Aspekte" the German Television ZDF accompanied the Aris Quartett to one of it's most special concert venues...

The portrait with the titel "Aris Quartett: The fantastic four"  has been aired on 07. Juli 2017 


You can still watch it here in the ZDF mediathek.


New CD will be released in September 2017


 Our new recording with works of  Ludwig van Beethoven will be released by GENUIN Classics in September 2017.




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Release of DVD-Production "Maximum Reger"

It has been a great pleasure to be part of the DVD- production "Maximum Reger" of Fugue State Films.
This exhaustive boxed-set establishes Max Reger as one of the early 20th century's greatest composers.

More than 15 hours of content over 6 DVDs includes three feature-length documentaries, plus filmed performances
of 12 hours of Reger's best music for orchestra, organ,
voice, violin, piano and chamber ensemble.

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Aris Quartet awarded with first prize of the "Irene Steels Wilsing - Foundation"


 The Aris Quartet have been awarded first prize at the international competition of the "Irene Steels Wilsing - Foundation in Berlin.

Photo: (c) Daniel Delang

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New partnerships with renowned concert artists´ agencies:

We are honored to announce some new partnerships with renowned concert artists´ agencies:


- exclusive for Germany:

Künstlersekretariat Sudbrack

- exclusive for Austria

Artphonia Konzertagentur

- PR-Agency for Germany

Pro Artaviva




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5 prizes at the International ARD Music Competition 2016 in Munich

The Aris Quartet just won 5 prizes at the International  ARD Music Competition 2016 in Munich.

They have been awarded with a second prize as well as the audience prize, the special prize of the french chamber music organisation ProQuartet, the prize of the music label GenuinClassics and the "Osnabrücker Musikpreis".

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New CD will be released in October


 Our new CD with works of Alexander Zemlinsky and Béla Bartók will be released by Telos Music Records in October 2016.


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The Aris Quartett awarded with "Jürgen-Ponto Foundation" Music Prize

The Aris Quartett has been awarded wih the Music Prize of the "Jürgen-Ponto Foundation".

The prize includes a prize money of 60.000 Euro as well as concert invitations to prestigious Music Festivals.

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Winner of the 7th Joseph Joachim competition 2016 in Weimar/Germany


 The Aris Quartet won the 7th International Joseph Joachim competition 2016 in Weimar, Germany.

The young musicians has been awarded First Prize as well as all four special prizes of the competition!


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Aris Quartett will perform in Portugal at HARMOS Festival


The Aris Quartett will perform at this years HARMOS Festival in Portugal.

We are looking forward to some special concerts, for example in the famous concert hall of Porto, the Casa da Música.



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Aris Quartett will be part of DVD-Production "Max Reger: the Last Giant"


We are excited to be part of the DVD-Production "Max Reger: the Last Giant" this year.

There will be a full biographical documentary of the great composer with lots of filmed perfomances and recordings.

The DVD will be released by Fugue State Films in 2016.

You can find more Information here!

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Aris Quartett in Class: Aktuell


A huge article with many interesting informations abut us and our latest recording was published in the music magazine Class: aktuell

The Article is not online anymore - but in case you are interested we are happy to send you a print version of the magazine... 




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Goethe-Institut cooperation – Aris Quartett will visit Angola in July 2016


 In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut the Aris Quartett will visit Luanda in Angola in July 2016.

We will work and make music there with the young angolan orchestra "KAPOSOKA".

We are really looking forward to this exciting experience!

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Aris Quartett portrait video will be released in November 2015


A portrait video of the Aris Quartett will be released in November 2015.

We would like to thank the "Freunde der Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz e.V." for their support!


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New member - Violoncello from Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume


 Our cellist Lukas Sieber now plays a violoncello of the famous french violin maker Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume from 1866 by courtesy of the "Anna-Ruths foundation". 


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Aris Quartett debut CD release

The debut CD of the Aris Quartett with works of Jospeh Haydn, Max Reger and Paul Hindemith will be released by Telos Music Records in december 2015.

You can order this CD here!

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Live Performance on ABC Classic FM


 You can follow the perfomances of the Aris Quartet at the "7th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competiton" on ABC Classic FM.


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Aris Quartett members will study in Madrid and Berlin this year

The Aris Quartett will study with the Artemis Quartett in Berlin as well as with Prof. Günter Pichler  (Alban Berg Quartett) at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia de Madrid this year.

We are excited and grateful to learn from these great musicians!

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Caspar Vinzens - Winner First and Audience Price at"Szymon-Goldberg-Award"

We congratulate our colleague Caspar Vinzens, violist and member of the Aris Quartett, on winning First Price and Audience Price at the international "Szymon-Goldberg-Award" 2015 in Meissen (Germany).

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Scholarship Award of "Deutscher Musikrat" at German Music Competition 2015

We are happy to announnce that the Aris Quartett has been awarded a scholarship of the "Deutscher Musikrat" at the German Music Competition 2015 in Lübeck.

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Aris Quartett will perform at Reggio Emilia with Jörg Widmann i

The Aris Quartett will perform at this years "Festival quartetto d´archi" in Reggio Emilia (Italy) with the famous clarinetist and composer Jörg Widmann. The concert will take place in June 11th with works of Mendelssohn, Widmann and Mozart.

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Welcome to a very special new member

This week we would like to welcome a very special new member of the Aris Quartett:

Our primaria Anna Katharina Wildermuth plays a violin of the famous italian violin maker Pietro Antonio Landolfi from 1760 now by courtesy of a private sponsor.


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New tour dates available

After an exciting tour last november, we are happy to inform you that 3 new tour periods with the wonderful clarinetist Thorsten Johanns are available now.

If you are interested, please contact our agency, the "Künstlersekretariat Sudbrack" . 

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"7th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition" 

We are happy to announce that we will be participating in this year's "Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition". After two qualifying rounds we are one of of 8 string quartets worldwide invited to fly to the final rounds in Australia in July - we are looking forward to be there and are excited to compete in Melbourne!

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Aris Quartett won the international August Everding Competition

The Aris Quartett won the international August Everding Competition. In the final round, in the Allerheiligen-Hofkirche of the Munich Residenz, the musicians prevailed over the Abel Quartett and the Goldmund Quartett ... 

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