Born in Heidelberg, Eckart Runge studied with Edmond Baert in Brussels, David Geringas in Lübeck and the Alban Berg Quartett in Vienna. Further artistic inspirations include  Alfred Brendel, Boris Pergamenschikow, Walter Levin und György Kurtag. Several Awards in international solo-competitions, such as the Premio Stradivari in Cremona, the German National Music Competition and the Concours International de Musique de Genève, initiated his active career as recitalist and soloist.

Celebrating the 30th season as cellist and founder of the renowned Artemis Quartet, he performs in major concert  series and festivals worldwide. The quartet’s albums (Warner/Erato) have been  granted numerous awards, such as the ‘ECHO-Klassik’ and the ‘Diapason d’Or’.

Diverging from conventional concert performances, Runge’s true passion is presenting programs that converge varied art forms, such as tango, jazz, cinema, rock and pop.

Runge established the Runge & Ammon Duo with pianist Jacques Ammon in 1996, with the intention of reaching out to a younger and wider audience that could enjoy chamber music presented in a new, contemporary way. The duo has performed both in major concert halls and in clubs across Europe, the USA, South-America and Asia.

As professor at the Arts University of Berlin (UdK) and at the ‘Chapelle de la Reine Elisabeth’ in Brussels, Runge passes on his experience to students from across the world.

Eckart’s vision of being an artist goes far beyond performing and teaching. He supports Yehudi Menuhin’s ‘Live Music Now’, ‘Jeunesses Musicales Germany’, as well as youth orchestras in Chile and refugee projects in Germany. In 2011, he co-founded the ‘Irene4Strings’ Foundation, the only European foundation supporting young string quartets.

Runge plays a beautiful cello made by the brothers Hieronymus and Antonio Amati in Cremona 1595, a generous loan of ‘Meritosit Vienna’.