Biography

Foto: Andreas Kessler

MALION QUARTETT




Alexander Jussow, Violin I

Jelena Galić, Violin II

Lilya Tymchyshyn, Viola

Bettina Kessler, Cello

Biography

The Malion Quartet is comprised of four passionate chamber musicians, each of whom, even before the foundation of the quartet, performed at a number of renowned chamber music festivals, including Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau Musikfestival, Rencontres Musicales d‘Evian, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Musikfest Stuttgart, Mozartfest Würzburg, and Konzerthaus Berlin. 

Shortly after the quartet was founded in 2018, they became scholarship holders in the Foundation Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz, as well as winning the Competition of the Polytechnic Society in Frankfurt. In 2019 the members of the young ensemble were taken on as scholarship holders in the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA). In the same year, they became prizewinners in the PE-Förderungen Competition, and in 2020 they were the only string quartet to be taken on by the foundation. 

The young ensemble‘s busy concert schedule has included concerts in the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Cologne Philharmonic Hall, Holzhausenschlösschen, Solitude Palace in Stuttgart and Cité de la Musique, Paris, as part of the String Quartet Biennale 2022. Special artistic collaborations include working together with the composer Jörg Widmann as part of „Kosmos Widmann“ in the Heidelberger Frühling Festival 2021, as well as with the director Daniel Pfluger on the innovative concert programme “re:solution” at the Podium Festival Esslingen.

In 2021, the quartet also received grants from the German Music Council and the Society of Friends and Patrons of the HfMDK Frankfurt to organize their first festival in March 2022 in Frankfurt, as well as to produce a film on the occasion of the Beethoven year 2020. In addition, the ensemble was given the honour of being sponsored by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, where they are scholarship holders. 

The quartet has received essential musical guidance, provided by the state foundation Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz, from Prof. Eberhard Feltz, Prof. Hariolf Schlichtig and Prof. Günter Pichler, as well as working intensively with members of the Alban Berg Quartet, Artemis Quartet, and Cuarteto Casals. They receive regular lessons from Prof. Tim Vogler and Prof. Oliver Wille.