The Cologne Guitar Quartet is an international ensemble formed in 2014 and based in Germany. The quartet performs and explores in various music styles from classical music, traditional, world-music, to contemporary music, experimental and electronic. They strive to bring this diversity to their audience.
The Cologne Guitar Quartet was granted with several first prizes in various competitions such as „Brigitte-Kempen chamber music competition”, “Karlsruhe competition for the Interpretation of contemporary music", as well as "Live Music Now" Scholarship from the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. The ensemble was recently selected by the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen to receive a three years scholarship.
Their repertoire ranges from classical music combined with folklore, to contemporary music by living composers. The Cologne Guitar Quartet is also working on widening the repertoire for the quartet by writing new compositions and making new arrangements of orchestral and chamber music works. Some of their recent arrangements include collaboration with guest musicians such as singers and percussionists. They premiered new compositions by prominent composers such as Feliu Gasull, Sergej Maingardt, Dariya Maminova, Yair Klartag, Vincent Michalke, Francisco Goldschmidt and Lucia Kilger.
In 2019 the quartet had launched diGIT project - new compositions for guitars, e-guitars & electronics. The first edition included five new compositions from uprising local composers and was premiered during WERFT festival, Cologne. diGIT VOL.II followed in 2021 saw further new compositions dedicated to the ensemble.
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. They have toured in various countries such as China, France, Italy, Serbia and Israel among others.
The quartet has published two albums: phasma; including contemporary music for classical guitar, and Routes; ranging from classical to world music.
The four members: Ptolemaios Armaos, Tobias Juchem, Henrique Almeida and Tal Botvinik were all students of Prof. Roberto Aussel at the prestigious music university of Cologne in Germany. They have completed master studies in chamber music under Hans-Werner Huppertz and were additionally mentored by musicians such as David Smeyers, Paulo Álvares, Ansgar Krause, Cuarteto Casals and Kelemen Quartet etc.