Farewell and New Challenges

After thirty years in the Artemis Quartet and four wonderful line-ups in professional playing, the time now is right for me to move on to a new chapter in my artistic and private life. Therefore I took the decision to step back from my position as the quartet’s cellist after the 2018/19 season, to pursue new artistic and personal challenges. I would like to dedicate my availability to my other cherished musical projects, as well as to my family.

The privilege to play, work and share such a long precious time of my life with so many wonderful colleagues, partners, audiences, and the greatest repertoire ever, makes me deeply grateful.

Shortly after my decision, my colleague Anthea Kreston also announced to resign as second violin.
Fortunately the Artemis Quartet, took the decision to take on this challenge and is about to regroup wonderfully, which will be announced shortly.
As the numerous previous Artemis’ changes, have always proven, I am deeply convinced of another successful chapter in the quartet’s history, adding new qualities and yet maintaining the ensemble’s character . 

I am looking very much forward to this fair-well season as well as the time to follow, hoping to seeing all, to whom I feel so attached throughout my three decades in the Artemis Quartet, very soon again!

Debut in the Elbphilharmonie 

Sharing the stage of the big hall with his piano partner Jacques Ammon, the emergent saxophonist Asya Fateyewa and Danish accordionist Andreas Borregaard, Eckart Runge will take part in the renowned ‘Hamburg Musikfest’. Other guests at this remarkable marathon of chamber music on September 23rd include Menachem Pressler, Raphael Wallfish and Anita Lasker-Wallfish.

CD recording with Quartetto di Cremona

Eckart Runge will team up with one of the most distinguished Italian string quartets in September 2018 to record the famous String Quintet in C major D.956 by Franz Schubert. The album will be released in early 2019 under the label ‘Audite!’.