Berlin Counterpoint, although a relatively new ensemble, is
already turning heads in the musical world. Through their strong musical
ideals, well-thought-out programming and above all their intense desire to
communicate through music, the six ensemble members are breaking through in the
professional world. Their goal is not only to make classical music accessible
to all audiences, but also to show how important this language is in the world
today. The members have been performing worldwide as individuals, but joined
together to find something more fulfilling, where the importance truly lies in
the joy inherent in the music, and in communicating that joy to their audiences.
Between them, these six young musicians based in Berlin hold passports from Romania, Germany, Slovenia, England, the United States and Turkey. Berlin Counterpoint takes cues from all of these musical backgrounds to develop a style all its own. The reference to Berlin in the ensemble's name is not just due to the coincidence of their meeting there, but to the fact that Berlin is one of the few places where such a meeting of creative minds from such various backgrounds is not only likely, but extremely fruitful. It is the modern, multicultural, energetic and creative Berlin they represent, and with it, a new and modern Germany. Their sparkling sound, homogeneous virtuosity and adventurous yet thoughtful interpretations owe much to their adopted home.
In May 2013 the ensemble started their own concert series in the Villa Elisabeth in Berlin, where they put on four concerts a year. This gives Berlin Counterpoint the flexibility to further explore and expand their repertoire as they want, and continue to strengthen their audience base in Berlin.
Berlin Counterpoint's ever-growing repertoire, spanning from baroque era to contemporary music, includes traditional works and arrangements for wind quintet and piano, as well as members' own compositions and other new works commissioned from young composers. The group performs in varying constellations, from duo to sextet, and is open to collaborations with guest artists.
Since its creation 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, the Istanbul Music
Festival and the Chamber Music Hall of
the Berlin Philharmonic.
In the 2013/2014 season, they made their Debut at the Kulturkreis Göppingen, the Musikverein Bamberg, the Zeughauskonzerte Neuss; future concerts include the Beethoven Orchestra concert series in Bonn, and the BASF in Ludwigshafen.
On September 28, 2013, Berlin Counterpoint was awarded the Usedom Music Prize, through the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation, presented to them after their concert in the Usedom Music Festival.