For the past thirty years, Eckart Runge has been the cellist of the internationally renowned Artemis Quartet, which performs in major music centers and festivals worldwide. The ensemble has created its own concert series at the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Konzerthaus and Prinzregententheater Munich.

The quartet was founded in 1989 at the Musikhochschule Lübeck. Its mentors include Walter Levin, Alfred Brendel, the Alban Berg Quartet, and the Juilliard and Emerson Quartet. First prizes at the ARD competition in Munich and the Premio Borciani in Reggio Emilia marked the beginning of their international career. In 2003, the Artemis Quartet was awarded an honorary membership at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn.

The quartet has been recording exclusively for Warner/ERATO since 2005. Many of the ensemble’s releases under this label have been granted awards such as the ‘ECHO-Klassik’ and the ‘Diapason d’Or’.

Performing contemporary music has always been an important part of the ensemble’s philosophy, believing it is imperative to remain sensitive to new endeavours in established music. Mauricio Sotelo (2004), Jörg Widmann (2006), and Thomas Larcher (2008) have all created works especially for the Artemis Quartet. In 2014, Daniel Schnyder’s concerto for string quartet and orchestra was premiered by the ensemble in Frankfurt. The quartet started its own competition for a new piece in 2015. The winning piece was Eduard Demetz’s 2nd string quartet ‘Broken Islands’, which was successfully performed throughout Europe.