- Djanay Tulenova (violin I)
- Zarina Imayakova (violin II)
- Liliya Nigamedzyanova (viola I)
- Avri Levitan (instructor and Musethica expert, viola II)
- Melchior Saux (cello)
- Dechopol "Top" Kowintaweewat (violin I)
- Haruno Sato (violin II)
- Julian Sawhill (viola I)
- Are Sandbakken (instructor and Musethica expert, viola II)
- Zizai Ning (cello)
Formed in 2018 in Vienna and with members of three nationalities; Kazakhstan, Russia and France, the Artel Quartet represents unified diversity through one musical language. Named after the traditional Russian associations of workers, craftsmen and artisans working collectively in absolute equality, the Artel Quartet reunites four musicians from widely different backgrounds and aims to promote a cultural dialogue between East and West. With a lively and passionate approach to music, a broad and original repertoire, the quartet is one of the rising European string quartets. Studying in Vienna in the class of Johannes Meissl and working regularly with Oliver Wille and Ebehard Feltz, the Artel Quartet aims to develop personalities through the deepest traditions of chamber music playing. The quartet is the guest of prestigious venues and made its debut this year at the ORF Radiokulturhaus with a series of live-streamed concerts, and have been invited to the Chopin Festival, the ISA Festival, Junge Talent in Haydn Haus, the Academia Perosi, as well as performing in Russia, Luxembourg, France, Germany and Italy. Eager to expand artistically, the Artel Quartet works in close relation with composers and directors as well as on new performances. Taking part in events and masterclasses all over the world, the Artel Quartet had the opportunity to work with musicians such as Günter Pichler, the Quatuor Ebène, the Jerusalem Quartet, Alastair Tait, Isabelle Charisius, Reinhard Latzko, Tim Vogler, Michael Vogler, Volker Jacobsen, Konstantin Heidrich, Wolfgang Redik, Are Sandbakken and Avri Levitan.
Finding a direction in life is not an easy task while at the same time trying to master so-called simple things like playing in tune – but for the four members of the Zorá Quartet it became clear early on that string quartet was the way to go. In 2019 their "chamber music guru" Merry Peckham brought them together and after a night of deep conversations about Haydn, Mendelssohn and other life-and-death matters, the rest is quartet history.
Zorá is based in New York, but at the moment they are participating in the European ECMAster programme, taking their master degrees while performing and receiving instruction in Oslo, Vienna and Paris. At the same time, they are Artists-in-Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium and part of Le Dimore del Quartetto in Italy. All signs point to Zorá having a great career ahead of them, and their music has received praise such as "melting sound and affecting impetuosity" in the New York Times. The Zorá Quartet consists of Dechopol «Top» Kowintaweewat and Haruno Sato (violins), Julian Sawhill (viola) and Zizai Ning (cello). Together they represent the countries the USA, Thailand, Japan, Morocco and China.