TIM VOGLER | Violin
FRANK REINECKE | Violin
STEFAN FEHLANDT | Viola
STEPHAN FORCK | Violoncello
The Vogler Quartet, still featuring the four original members, was founded in 1985. Since its foundation, it has secured a place for itself among the top chamber music ensembles, thanks to its great individual and joint skills, and has been a guest on nearly all the world's major concert platforms. It was the quartet's sensational success at the 1986 string quartet competition in Evian, France, where they won several prizes, that set the four musicians on the path to a great international career. In 2015 the Quartet returns to the UK performing at a chamber music week-end at Dillington House.
The Vogler Quartet's repertoire covers both the classical works for string quartet from Haydn to Bartók and the Second Viennese School, as well as lesser-known and brand-new works, giving them an unusual range. Modern compositions have been written for them by Ian Wilson, Gerald Barry, Frank Michael Beyer, Jörg Widmann, Mauricio Kagel, Erhard Grosskopf and others.
The Quartet's versatility and openness is also reflected in their regular cooperation with other well-known musicians, where their spectrum ranges from a quintet featuring a piano, clarinet, viola or cello, to works scored for an octet. Out of these groupings have come a CD released in 2008 with the clarinettist Chen Halevi and the pianist Jascha Nemtsov with works of the “New Jewish School”, and a glamorous cooperation with Ute Lemper in 2012. The CD “Paris Days & Berlin Nights” on Steinway & Sons with Ute Lemper received a nomination for the 2013 Grammy Awards.
In the next few years, the Vogler Quartet will be adding to their already extensive discography a complete recording of the Dvorak quartets, of which the first double album was released in September 2012 on CPO and received great critical acclaim.
The Vogler Quartet has a number of regular commitments: they have their own recital series at the Konzerthaus Berlin, they appear at the annual festival “Music in Drumcliffe” in the Irish town Sligo, and are responsible for the artistic direction of the “Kammermusiktage Homburg/Saar”. In addition, they run the children's music festival in Kassel “Nordhessische Kindermusiktage”, which has won several prizes, and do a good deal of teaching work in master classes and workshops for professional quartets both in Europe and overseas. From 2007 to 2012 the members of the Vogler Quartet were appointed professors for chamber music at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule as successors to the Melos Quartet.