Formed in 2014, the Cologne Guitar Quartet is an international ensemble based in Germany. From four different countries (Germany, Israel, Portugal, and Greece), these diverse artists were all members of Prof. Aussel’s class at the prestigious Hochschule für Musik Köln in Germany.
The quartet was granted with several 1st prizes in various competitions such as „Brigitte-Kempen chamber music competition”, “Karlsruhe competition for the Interpretation of contemporary music", “IMKA international internet competition”, 2nd prize in "Wuppertaler chamber music" competiton", as well as "Live Music Now" Scholarship from the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation.
Their repertoire ranges from early and classical music combined with folkloric repertoire from different countries, to modern music by living composers. The Cologne Guitar Quartet is also working on widening the repertoire for guitar quartet by making new arrangements of orchestral and chamber music works. They are collaborating with composers such as Feliu Gasull Sergej Maingardt, Dariya Maminova, Vincent Michalke, Francisco Goldschmidt and Lucia Kilger.
Recognized for their captivating and virtuosic performances, the quartet was invited to perform in various festivals such as "speGTRa" in Aachen, "Les Musicales" in Redon (France), "Zeitgenuss" in Karlsruhe and “Felicja Blumental” in Israel. Their upcoming season includes concert tours in China, Portugal, Greece and Germany. Their debut album “Phasma” has been published in April 2018.
The Cologne Guitar Quartet has recently completed their chamber music master studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. They were mentored by such prominent musicians such as Roberto Aussel, David Smeyers, Hans-Werner Huppertz, Paulo Alvarez, Ansgar Krause, Cuarteto Casals and Kelemen Quartet.