Daniel Rubenstein, violin
Sophie Ackermann, violin
Vincent Hepp, viola
Clément Holvoet, viola
Johannes Burghoff, cello
Catherine Lebrun, cello
Founded in 2002, the Ensemble Mendelssohn is composed of chamber musicians who graduated with the highest Honors in renowned institutions such as the Queen-Elisabeth Music Chapel (Belgium), the Buchmann-Mehta Music School (Tel-Aviv) and the Indiana University (Bloomington-USA) and distinguished themselves as Prize Winners of National and International competitions,
The Ensemble Mendelssohn's repertoire centers around the rich but often unexplored string quintets and sextets literature, with or without piano - string quintet 2 violas, string quintet 2 cellos, string sextet and piano quintet - collaborating also with guest musicians in an extended repertoire.
Besides famous works of the repertoire, the Ensemble Mendelssohn also performs works rarely played. An Important part of the Ensemble Mendelssohn activities is the development of the repertoire for quintets and sextets among nowadays composers, leading to regular collaboration with renown composers or composers of the new generation, in order to promote these forms of chamber music in today's music.
Collaboration with nowadays composers led to the creation of quintets and sextets by Jean-Pierre Deleuze, Stéphane Orlando, Hajime Fukagawa, Anna Segal, Ola Gjeilo, Michel Light, Guillaume Auvray, Jacqueline Fontyn, Haofu Zhang etc.
In recent years, the Ensemble Mendelssohn performed in Japan in venues such as Kobe Uhara Hall, Nara Akishino Ongakudo Hall, Tokyo Nippori Sunny Hall, Yokohama Lilis Hall, in Turkey in Istanbul Kadıköy Süreyya Series and Albert Long Hall, Izmir Adnan Saygun, in Cyprus, as well as the Festival de l'Eté Mosan, Festival Mozart, Festival Loop, Festival Musicorum, Concerts de Midi de Liège, Théâtre Royal de Liège, Festival Musical en Savoie etc.
The Ensemble Mendelssohn discography include a Live recording of Tchaïkovsky's Souvenir of Florence, Dvorak's first Piano Quintet and Lysight 3 Croquis for string quintet (Premiere recording). CD publication includes a monography Israeli composer Anna Segal (World Premiere recordings) with harpist Rachel Talitman, clarinetist Jean-Marc Fessard and oboe player Adrien Eble published by Harp&Co. With clarinetist Aysegül Kirmanoglu, the Ensemble Mendelssohn recorded works for clarinet and strings by Mozart, including his clarinet quintet K581, to be published by Le Chant de Linos in 2021.
Upcoming projects includes bringing out an unknown aspect of the repertoire for string quintets 2 violas by Beethoven, including a complete cycle of period transcriptions for the 250th anniversary of his birth. Another project around the concept of the memory will see the creation of several new works for piano quintets, performance scheduled in 2021-22.