Julia Fischer Quartet

Chamber Music and Orchestras

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


The current season marks eleven years of Julia Fischer appearing with her own string quartet. The Julia Fischer Quartet unites Ms Fischer with three renowned musicians, each a soloist in their own right: violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, violist Nils Mönkemeyer and cellist Benjamin Nyffenegger. These four artists have enjoyed performing chamber music jointly and in different configurations for years. The idea to establish a string quartet was born in 2010 when the four musicians played through varied repertoire during Julia Fischer’s festival at Lake Starnberg. The four musicians felt an immediate connection, each of them contributing to the quartet’s sound in equal measure and responding to each other’s every musical impulse.  This year the Julia Fischer Quartet enjoys an extensive tour, performing in venues across the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Czechia and Spain.

Alexander Sitkovetsky was born in Moscow into a prominent family of musicians and performed his first concert when he was just eight years old. He became a student at the Menuhin School the same year and considers Lord Menuhin his inspiration, mentor and musical partner. Sitkovetsky gave concerts with him during his school years as both duo partners and as soloist/conductor. It was participating at the Yehudi Menuhin Competition that Alexander Sitkovetsky and Julia Fischer first met at a tender age. Today he performs as soloist with major orchestras worldwide and is a frequent guest of many festivals and chamber venues.  He has recorded CDs under the Angel/EMI, Decca, Bis and Orfeo labels, including the 2008 recording of Bach’s Double concerto with Julia Fischer.  Alexander also founded the eponymously named Sitkovetsky Trio with Wu Qian and Isang Enders. “He is moved by a passion of music-making one finds only very rarely.” (Julia Fischer)

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