Martin Funda, violin
Martin Funda is a founding member and leader of the Armida Quartet, whose place on the international music scene was established at the 2012 ARD International Music Competition, where they were awarded First Prize, the audience prize and 6 further special prizes.
Beginning as a young student of Prof. Anne-Kathrin Lindig at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar, he went on to study with Prof. Nora Chastain at the Universität der Künste (University of the Arts) in Berlin. Additional musical inspiration has come from Antje Weithaas, Norbert Brainin, Kolja Blacher, Donald Weilerstein, Tabea Zimmermann, Günter Pichler, Natalia Prischepenko and the Artemis Quartet.
Martin’s desire for a diverse musical career was undoubtedly influenced by his upbringing; the son of an orchestral musician and a music teacher, he instinctively combines intensive work with the Armida Quartet with a passion for teaching and mentoring larger ensembles.
He taught at the University of the Arts Berlin from 2012–2016 as the Artemis Quartet’s assistant and now continues to inspire students, drawing from his experience as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician, in preparing them for entrance exams, auditions, competitions and concerts.
Martin first gained orchestral experience in the European Youth Orchestra and Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and went on to play regularly as a substitute in the Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin and Kammerorchester Berlin whilst studying.
He currently works as guest leader and musical director of various orchestras and ensembles in Germany.
The Armida Quartet was also BBC New Generation Artists and nominated as European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) Rising Stars for the 2016–2017 season. They regularly perform worldwide in prestigious concert series and at international festivals.
They have released several highly acclaimed recordings and their debut CD was featured as the Quarterly Critics’ Choice (“Bestenliste”” by the German Record Critics’ Award Association.
Since 2015, the Armida Quartet has been the artistic consultants for the new edition of the complete Mozart String Quartets by the publisher G. Henle. This edition will be presented in a new complete recording of the works in the coming years.