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Berlin Counterpoint

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Praised by Sir Simon Rattle as "a real shot in the arm to the chamber music scene," Berlin Counterpoint has developed a musical style abounding with creativity, energy, and virtuosity.

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Berlin Counterpoint has made a name for itself within a short time. Their music is characterized by the cultural diversity of each individual member. Without dissolving this diversity, the musicians succeed in creating a harmonious virtuosity, which – thanks to clever interpretations, a joy in experimenting and a refreshing sound – always reinvents itself and appeals to a broad public. The playfulness of the six musicians picks up and invites the listeners to discover. The young musicians can offer passports from Romania, Germany, England, Slovenia, the USA, and Turkey. They are passionate cross-country skiers, who primarily speak a common language: the language of music. In these they bring all their different traditions, to create a unique style. The fact that Berlin appears in the ensemble name is due not only to the chance of their encounter there. Berlin is one of the few cities where it is not only likely that such creative minds will find themselves, but where such a meeting can also be fruitful.

The six instrumentalists represent modern, multicultural, energetic and creative Berlin. Their brilliant sound, their thoroughly virtuosic, risky, yet always well-thought-out interpretations have a lot to do with their election home. The constantly growing repertoire of Berlin Counterpoint unites the music from the Baroque to today and comprises arrangements for woodwind quintet and piano, their own compositions, as well as commissions. In concert, they play various compositions from the Solostück to the Sextet. They also expand their formation with guests.

Since its founding in 2007, Berlin Counterpoint has given highly acclaimed concerts at venues such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Sociedad Filarmonica de Bilbao, the Palau de la Musica Valencia, and the Istanbul Festival. In the last few seasons, the ensemble debuted at the Rheingau Festival and the Brandenburg Music Summer, at the Summerwinds Festival Kulturkreis Göppingen, the Bamberg Music Association, the Zeughauskonzerte Neuss, the Grünwalder Concerts, the Beethovenorchester Bonn, and BASF in Ludwigshafen. Lunch concerts in the Berlin Philharmonic, a trip to the March Music Days in Ruse, and a return invitation to the Körber Foundation rounds off some of their lively concert activities.

Their first CD with works by Barber, Connesson, Strauss, Beethoven and Poulenc was released by Genuin in 2014 to glowing reviews.

Aaron Dan, flute
Sacha Rattle, clarinet
Viola Wilmsen, oboe
Andrey State, Horn
Heidi Mockert, bassoon
Zeynep Özsuca, piano

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