Winner of 2013 Usedomer Musikpreis, Berlin Counterpoint’s strong musical ideals, well-thought-out programming and, above all, joy of communicating through music to all audiences, have established the Berlin-based sextet as one of the premier ensembles of its kind.
Between them, the six musicians hold passports from Romania, Germany, Slovenia, England, the United States, and Turkey. Each nationality brings an inherently different way to approach music, and Berlin Counterpoint takes all these influences to develop a style all its own, representative of the modern, energetic, and creative Berlin where they met. Their sparkling sound, homogeneous virtuosity, and adventurous yet thoughtful interpretations are very much owed to this meeting of different cultural and musical backgrounds.
Berlin Counterpoint’s ever-growing repertoire spans from baroque to contemporary music, including traditional works for wind quintet and piano, as well as members’ own arrangements and new works commissioned from young composers. The group performs in varying configurations – from duo to sextet – and is open to collaborations with guest artists.
Since its conception in 2007, Berlin Counterpoint has received great acclaim for its appearances at many prestigious venues such as the Sociedad Filarmónica de Bilbao, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Palau de la Música Valencia, and the Kammermusiksaal of the BerlinPhilharmonic. Its highly praised debut album was not only extremely well received by the audiences and critics, but also brought them a nomination for Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
Aaron Dan, flute
Sacha Rattle, clarinet
Viola Wilmsen, oboe
Andrej Žust, horn
Heidi Mockert, bassoon
Zeynep Özsuca, piano
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Francis Poulenc, Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet, Op. 100
I. Allegro vivace
II. Divertissement: Andantino
Ludwig van Beethoven, Quintet in E-flat for Piano and Winds, Op. 16
I. Grave – Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andante cantabile
III. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo
Guillaume Connesson, Techno Parade
Samuel Barber, Summer Music, Op. 31
Richard Strauss, Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op.28
2018/19 Program Offerings
- Fun, Mockery and Schadenfreude
Strauss, Beethoven, Ligeti, and Poulenc
- Turning Point
Thuille, Debussy, Connesson, Mozart, and Wagner
- Sound Signs
Handel, Barber, Poulenc, Farrenc, and Höller
- Foreign Lands: People. Music. Stories
Bernstein, Rimsky-Korsakov, Juon, Glinka, and Dunajewski
Current & Recent Programs
- Lecture/Concert or Pre-Concert Talk: / "The Till Eulenspiegel In All Of Us"
Berlin Counterpoint examines the Till Eulenspiegel in all of us in this enlightening 60-minute lecture and demonstration!
- Lecture/Concert or Pre-Concert Talk: "The Sound Of Freedom"
Berlin Counterpoint examines how to new music freed composers like Wagner, Debussy, Berg, to experiment with polytonality within a contemporary landscape.
- Children's Concert: Panic and the Magical Tone
Berlin Counterpoint's six musicians set off to search for Pan's magical sound while teaching the basics of wind instruments to students.
- Conservatory Level Master Classes
Berlin Counterpoint offers a chance for students to work on chamber or solo music in-depth, as well as workshops on blending and the art of breathing.
- Composers' workshop
Composition departments can take advantage of Berlin Counterpoint's willingness to act as a "guinea pig" for young composers to workshop their music for winds and piano.