vision string quartet

Vision String Quartet sitting on a vintage sofa with instruments in front of them

Jakob Encke, violin
Daniel Stoll, violin
Leonard Disselhorst, cello
Sander Stuart, viola

Founded in 2012, the vision string quartet has quickly become established in the international string quartet scene. With their unique ability to "transform" between the classical string quartet repertoire, their own compositions and arrangements in the fields of jazz, pop and rock, the four young musicians from Berlin are currently turning the classical concert world on its head.

The concert formats of the vision string quartets are versatile: The string quartet, which also sees itself as a band, plays in the classical concert halls such as the Elbphilharmonie, Kammermusiksaal of the Berlin Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Tonhalle Düsseldorf and soon the Wigmore Hall London. They participate in ballet collaborations under John Neumeier, play concerts in light and video design of Folkert Uhde in the Berlin Radial System or the Elbphilharmonie and play on the other hand "dark concerts" in complete darkness.

At the beginning of 2016, the quartet won the 1st Prize and all special prizes at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Competition in Berlin. The success at the Concours de Genève in November 2016, which looks spectacular with the first prize and all four special prizes, made big waves. In 2018, the ensemble was awarded the chamber music prize of the Jürgen Ponto Foundation, one of the most highly endowed music prizes. 

The four musicians will study chamber music at the Artemis Quartet in Berlin and at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía Madrid with Günter Pichler, the principal of the Alban Berg Quartet. Heime Müller, Eberhardt Feltz and Gerhard Schulz were further impulses. The chamber music partners of the vision string quartets include Jörg Widmann and Eckart Runge.

Recent highlights include the debut concerts at the Louvre Paris, the Luxembourg Philharmonic and the Lucerne Festival. The vision string quartet at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Schwetzinger SWR Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, Mozart Festival Würzburg, MDR Musiksommer, the Thüringer Bachwochen and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern are also guest performers. 

In August 2018, the vision string quartet performed in the Great Hall of the Elbphilharmonie, as part of the SHMF. In the season 2018/19 the debuts in the Kölner Philharmonie, the Philharmonie Essen, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and in the Robert Schumann-Saal Düsseldorf in 2020 as well as in the Coronation Hall of the Aachen City Hall are on the calendar of the musicians. In addition, several foreign tours are planned, within Europe and two to Asia and one to the United States of America.