Julia Fischer Quartet

Chamber Music and Orchestras

Julia Fischer (Violin)
Alexander Sitkovetsky (Violin)
Nils Mönkemeyer (Viola)
Benjamin Nyffenegger (Cello)

Biography

2017-18 marks the seventh season of Julia Fischer appearing with her own quartet. The Julia Fischer Quartet unites Ms. Fischer with three renowned musicians, each soloists in their own right: violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, violinist Nils Mönkemeyer and cellist Benjamin Nyffenegger. These four artists have performed chamber music jointly in different configurations for multiple years. The idea to establish a string quartet was born in 2010, when all four musicians acquired a broad repertoire during Julia Fischer’s festival at Lake Starnberg. Personalities met who saw eye to eye and whose contributions were on an equal footing as much as they were of utmost responsiveness to the other musicians’ ideas. This season the Julia Fischer Quartet performs at Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zürich, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Prinzregententheater Munich and Gewandhaus Leipzig amongst others.

Alexander Sitkovetsky was born in Moscow into a prominent family of musicians. He performed his first concert when he was just eight years old. He became a student at the Menuhin School the same year and henceforth experienced Lord Menuhin as his inspiring patron and musical partner. Sitkovetsky gave concerts with him during all his school years, including Bach’s Double Concerto, Bartók’s Duos and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto under Menuhin’s baton. Incidentally he met with Julia Fischer at the Yehudi Menuhin Competition 1995, where they both participated at the age of eleven. Today Alexander Sitkovetsky performs as soloist with major European orchestras. He recorded CDs under the Angel/EMI, Decca and Orfeo labels, including the 2008 recording of Bach’s Double concerto with Julia Fischer. “He is moved by a passion of music-making one finds very rarely only.” (Julia Fischer)

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