Within a short time of its founding more than 20 years ago, the Philharmonia Quartet secured its reputation as a standard-setting chamber ensemble, esteemed throughout the world. Made up exclusively of members of the Berliner Philharmoniker the ensemble boasts a varied and innovative repertoire now encompassing more than 100 works. The Quartet thrives on an inexhaustible artistic exploration of the classics – including those of the 20th century – as well as on its commitment to less frequently heard string quartets, by composers such as Hindemith, Reger, Schulhoff and Szymanowski. The Philharmonia Quartet is a welcome guest in the international musical capitals. At a concert in Buenos Aires in summer 2001, it was awarded the Argentine music critics’ prize. The Quartet’s recordings, too, are consistently well received: for example, its 2002 release of Britten’s Quartets Nos. 2 and 3 won the 2003 Echo Klassik award. As part of the Philharmonic chamber concerts, the Philharmonia Quartet presented a series in the 2003/04 season comprising the complete Beethoven String Quartets; and during the 2005/06 and 2006/07 seasons it performed the complete Shostakovich cycle.