The Akademos Quartet was founded in 1997 by graduates of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. Since its inception, the Quartet has been praised for its members' technical maturity, brilliance, and professionalism as well as for their novelty, vigor, and enthusiasm. Its current members are Anna Rechlewicz (violin), Joanna Cogiel (violin), Aleksandra Batog (viola) and Danuta Sobik-Ptok (cello).
In its 10-year-long career, the ensemble has given over three hundred concerts in Poland and abroad, performed at national and international festivals and music competitions, and won numerous prizes and distinctions. They have performed in musical centers of Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Slovakia, Romania, the United Kingdom, Italy, and the United States.
The ensemble won first prize at the 16th Concorso Internationale di Esecuzione Musicale "Provincia di Caltanisetta Musica da Camera" in Italy, third prize at the Ludwig van Beethoven International Competition in Hradec, Czech Republic, a Radio Katowice special prize for the best performance of a Silesian composer's work, and the PWM (Polish Music Publishing) prize at the National String Quartets Competition in Katowice. They are also the recipients of a scholarship presented by the Ministry of Culture and Art, and a prize from the President of the City of Bytom for special achievement in the field of culture.
The Akademos Quartet has taken part in dozens of music festivals: the Warszawska Jesien (Warsaw Autumn), Dni Muzyki Kompozytorow Krakowskich (Krakow Composers' Music Days), Hudobna Jar in Presov, Slovakia , Festival di Mezza Estate Provincia di Verona, the Central European Festival Zilina, the Bachfest in Leipzig, and the Osterfestival Bayreuth, among many others. The ensemble's repertoire encompasses more than one hundred compositions, including masterworks of chamber music from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and classics of the twentieth century. The quartet maintains a strong interest in contemporary music, having actively commissioned new works, and has numerous world premieres of contemporary pieces to its credit. Moreover, the ensemble often participates in interdisciplinary projects, cooperating with the Slaski Teatr Tanca (Silesian Dance Theatre) and Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej (New Music Orchestra).
The Akademos Quartet engages in artistic projects throughout the province of Silesia. Since 1997 until 2005, the ensemble hosts and is the principal performer of a cycle of chamber concerts taking place in the palace of the former district council (now a branch of the Upper Silesia Museum in Bytom). In 2006, this enterprise took the shape of a cycle called "Salony muzyczne Slaska" ("The Music Salons of Silesia") and is now delivering chamber music masterworks in the most beautiful interiors of palaces and museums in the province of Silesia. The 2006/2007 season of "The Music Salons of Silesia" was inaugurated with a new project entitled "Not for Elise," with its aim of introducing the complete Beethoven quartets juxtaposed with exceptional works of the twentieth century.
During the summer season, the Quartet is the main performer at the monographic Chamber Music Masterworks Festivals. The 2006 edition dealt with the presentation of chamber music masterworks by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whereas in 2007 the ensemble is offering the most outstanding trios and quartets by Ludwig van Beethoven.