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Latvian Vineta Sareika replaces Natalia Prishepenko as Artemis Quartet first violinist

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The Berlin-based Artemis Quartet has announced a change of personnel ahead of its 2012–13 season. First violinist Natalia Prishepenko is leaving the group after 18 years to focus on other musical activities and her family. Her replacement is Vineta Sareika, a Latvian violinist who was a prize winner at the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. She joins existing members Gregor Sigl (second violin), Friedemann Weigle (viola) and Eckart Runge (cello).

The Artemis Quartet, which was founded in 1989, has its first concert in its new line-up at the Wigmore Hall in London on 9 September 2012.