The Tilia Quartet of the Staatskapelle Berlin performed at the invitation of the HIMS Academy on January 14, 2023 at the TAO Art Gallery on the occasion of the Mumbai Gallery Week. Works by Schubert, Mendelssohn and Mozart were performed in front of an enthusiastic audience and a full house.
With an attractive program of well-known and popular string quartets by the classics Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, the Tilia Quartet from Berlin will give its first guest performance in Mumbai on January 14, 2023.
The Tilia Quartet takes its name from its “ancestral home”, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden (tilia-Linde). Here, four musicians from the Staatskapelle Berlin joined together to form the string quartet:
Eva Römisch, born near Stuttgart, came to Berlin to study violin with Uwe-Martin Haiberg and Ulf Wallin. Even before her concert exam, she became a member of the Staatskapelle in 2002. After attending the Special School of Music in Berlin and the State Conservatory of Music in Bolzano/Italy, violinist Andreas Jentzsch studied in his native city of Berlin with Joachim Scholz and Michael Mücke and was a prize-winner in the “Musica senza frontiere” competition (1995). He has been a member of the Staatskapelle since 2002. Wolfgang Hinzpeter, a native of Hamburg, studied viola in Hanover with Hatto Beyerle and joined the Staatskapelle in 1999 after his first engagement at the Rhine Opera (Duisburg Symphony Orchestra). He has also been a member of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra since 1998. The Berlin cellist Rebekka Markowski is a student of Heinrich Schiff and studied in Vienna and Zagreb. She won numerous international competitions, was a scholarship holder of the Karajan Academy, among others, and has been deputy principal cellist of the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin since 2015.
In addition to regular appearances in the concert series of the Berlin Staatskapelle and the Berlin Philharmonie, the Tilia Quartet has given numerous highly acclaimed concerts in Germany and abroad and has been invited to international festivals. The Deutschlandfunk, for example, stated, “The Tilia Quartet astounds with Verdi’s string quartet…so much fullness and such great subtlety,” the Husumer Nachrichten praised “the excellent playing of the Tilia Quartet,” and the Neue Merker from Vienna stated “it is hardly possible to play in an even purer, fresher, more balanced way!”
The internationally acclaimed string quartet of the Staatskapelle Berlin performed works by Joseph Haydn, Leos Janacek and Franz Schubert in a festive concert. We are delighted that the musicians were herewith making up for the concert that was cancelled in March 2020 due to Corona.
String Quartet of the Staatskapelle Berlin – The four string section leaders of the Berlin Staatskapelle achieve a remarkable fusion of the great orchestral tradition and the intimate world of chamber music. Violinists Jiyoon Lee and Krzysztof Specjal, violist Yulia Deyneka, and cellist Claudius Popp first performed together as a quartet in 2017, presenting a series of concerts with the complete Schubert quartets in Berlin’s new Pierre Boulez Saal. The idea to form a permanent string quartet came the Staatskapelle’s musical director Daniel Barenboim.
“The Staatskapelle ensemble gave its second concert at this special venue. The programme included string quartets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (KV 464 in A major) and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (D major, op. 44.1). The invitation was issued on Saturday, 25 September 2021, at 6:00 pm, in the Tambach Castle Church. After the wonderful concert, visitors had the opportunity to experience the exhibition “Missing Landscapes” in the west wing of the castle, with the artists present.”
W.A.Mozart, Darius Milhaud, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Astor Piazzolla, Hanns Eisler
Excerpt from the article “Musikalischer Frühlingshauch” (Musical Breeze of Spring)
The wind ensemble of the Staatskapelle Berlin enchanted the audience in Tambach with exquisite works from Mozart to Piazolla.
Tambach – The concerts at the HIMS Academy Hafenpreppach build wonderfully on each other: Last summer there was Mozart and his time, in winter Beethoven’s and Schubert’s epoch, now in the beginning of spring we arrive at the 20s and 30s of the last century. And these selections were not chosen at random, as a connection to the Staatskapelle Berlin can always be established, even if – as in the case of Astor Piazolla, which closed the afternoon – only by the fact that the current chief conductor Daniel Barenboim has a lot to do with Brazil. Yes – and a bit of Mozart was also allowed, which is quite appropriate with the instrumentation of flute (Thomas Beyer), oboe (Gregor Witt), clarinet (Heiner Schindler), horn (Axel Grüner) and bassoon (Mathias Baier).
The HIMS Academy invites to the pre-Christmas concert on November 30 in the chapel of the castle. The musicians will play works by Felix-Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Ludwig von Beethoven.
Excerpt from the article “Denkgesang und Liebeskummer (Thinking song and heartbreak)
Tambach – The second concert of the HIMS Academy founded in summer 2019 at Hafenpreppach Castle could not take place open air in the cool late autumn. Since the conversion of the Orangery into a concert hall is just entering the final building permit phase, an adequate “replacement” was sought and found in the Tambach Castle Church, which Count zu Ortenburg had made possible. Under the motto “From the salon to the concert hall”, one returned to the castle, so to speak – in contrast to the 18th and 19th centuries, however, with an event for the general public that was not reserved for the nobility alone.
With a concert by the wind octet of the Staatskapelle Berlin, the HIMS Academy in Hafenpreppach Castle makes its first public appearance as an organizer. The orangery of the baroque castle is to become a chamber music hall. The orangery of the baroque castle is to become a chamber music hall.
Excerpt from the article “Gassenmusik im Schlosshof” (Alley music in the castle courtyard)
“Classic makes happy” promises a new concert series that will make classical music lovers click their tongues. What is happening in this historic setting is unheard of: Hafenpreppach Castle, built around 300 years ago under Prince-Bishop Johann Philipp von Greiffenclau, is experiencing an unexpected renaissance. Last used for decades as a children’s home and then for private purposes, the castle is currently being given back its princely splendour under the two new owners (since 2016), in terms of building fabric, use and courtly culture.