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About

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 active chamber musicians who distinguished themselves as Prize Winners of National and International competitions, each of them having finished their studies 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).

 

The Ensemble Mendelssohn's repertoire centres around the rich but often unexplored string quintets and sextets litterature, with or without piano, collaborating with guests musicians in an extended repertoire with instruments such as clarinet, harp, etc. Besides famous works of the repertoire, the Ensemble Mendelssohn also performs works rarely played and is collaborating with nowadays composers in order to promote these forms of chamber music in today's music.

In recent years, the Ensemble Mendelssohn performed among others 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, in Belgium at the Festival de l'Eté Mosan, Festival Loop, Concerts de Midi de Liège etc.

Collaboration with nowadays composers led to the creations of work by Jean-Pierre Deleuze, Stéphane Orlando, Hajime Fukagawa, Anna Segal, Ola Gjeilo, Michel Light, Guillaume Auvray, written for piano quintet, string quintet, string sextet, but also for quartet for 2 violins, cello & piano, string quintet with harp and clarinet, string quintet with harp and oboe, string quintet 2 cellos with electronics etc.

 

The Ensemble Mendelssohn released 2 CD's including in Live Tchaïkovsky's Souvenir of Florence, Dvorak's first Piano Quintet and Lysight 3 Croquis for string quintet (Premiere recording), and also some works of Israeli composer Anna Segal (World Premiere recordings) with harpist Rachel Talitman, clarinetist Jean-Marc Fessard and oboe player Adrien Eble. With clarinetist Aysegül Kirmanoglu, the Ensemble Mendelssohn just recorded works for clarinet and strings by Mozart, to be released in 2019 (Le Chant de Linos). 

Futur projects include the complete string quintets by Beethoven, including a complete cyle of period transcriptions, for the 250th anniversary of his birth. in addition, the Ensemble Mendelssohn will Premiere piano quintets by Jaqueline Fontyn and Haofu Zhang.