Ensemble 4.1 are frequently praised by critics for the communicative powers of their music and the intoxicating atmosphere that they create on stage.
In addition to original masterworks by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon, Ensemble 4.1 are devoted to discovering rarely played compositions from the Romantic and Modern periods.
The beginnings of the group were overseen and fostered by the renowned Goethe Institute, who assisted with the initial concerts and worldwide tours. Since its inception in 2013, the Ensemble 4.1 has already crisscrossed the globe and performed recitals in China, Pakistan, Austria, Germany, Algeria, Canada and the USA, in cities such as Berlin, Istanbul, New York City, Toronto, Ottawa, Karachi, Shanghai and Chengdu. They have appeared with great success at festivals in Denmark and on Malta, as well as at the Kotor Festival in Montenegro.
After studying together and winning positions in highly regarded German orchestras and universities, five young musicians decided to get together and celebrate their longstanding friendship with their love for chambermusic: Ensemble 4.1 was born!
Concerts in Germany and abroad followed shortly afterwards, and the ensemble repeatedly performed on invitation by the Goethe Institute and the German Embassies. The intense communication and special atmosphere created in concert soon became a distinct sign of the Ensemble 4.1.
Besides the masterworks of the genre, namely by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven, the Ensemble 4.1 concentrates on rediscovering seldomly or never performed repertoire of the 19th and 20th century. Composers such as Walter Gieseking, Hermann Zilcher, David Stephen and Theodor Verhey thus became accessible favorites to excited audiences everywhere.
Thomas Hoppe is a collaborative pianist and plays with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Tabea Zimmermann and Antje Weithaas. He is pianist of the ATOS Trio and holds a position at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.
Jörg Schneider is Principal Oboe at Jena Philharmonic. He won numerous awards at international competitions in Schwerin, Marseille and Osaka as well as a stipend at Deutsche Musikwettbewerb.
Alexander Glücksmann is Principal Clarinet at the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and was Academist at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Fritz Pahlmann is Principal Horn at Staatskapelle Weimar. Before that, he was with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the Gurzenich Orchestra in Cologne.
Christoph Knitt was bassonist at the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki before becoming Principal Bassoon at the Kammerakademie Potsdam.
Excerpt list of works Ensemble 4.1
Ludwig van Beethoven: Quintet Es-Dur op.16
Wolfgang Amadé Mozart: Quintet Es-Dur KV 452
Wolfgang Amadé Mozart: Piano Quartet Nr.1 g-moll KV 478 (arr. Emerson)
Adolph von Lauer: Quintet F-Dur (1816)
Friedrich Wilhelm Grund: Piano Quintet
Franz Danzi: Quintet d-moll op.41
Friedrich Witt: Quintet Es-Dur op.5
Eduard von Lannoy: Quintet Es-Dur op.2
Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet Es-Dur op.44 (arr. Christian Hommel)
Gustav Holst: Piano Quintet a-moll op.3
Gabriel Faure: Piano Quartet c-moll op.15 (arr. Turrill)
Theodor Verhey: Piano Quintet op.20
Walter Gieseking: Quintet B-Dur
David Stephen: Quintet d-moll (1897)
Heinrich von Herzogenberg: Quintet op.43
Ernst Pauer: Quintet op.44
Ferdinand Thieriot: Quintet a-moll op.80
Hermann Zilcher: Quintet fis-moll op.juv.30 (1899)
Fritz Spindler: Piano Quintet op.360
Fritz Volbach: Piano Quintet op.24
Johannes Meinardus Coenen: Piano Quintet (1900)
Jörg Widmann: Piano Quintet (2006)
Eliott Carter: Quintet for piano and winds
Heinz Holliger: Quintett for Piano and Winds
Paul Dessau: Quintet (1978)
Lennox Berkeley: Piano Quintet op.90
Avner Dorman: Jerusalem Mix
Photos: Top: Felix Broede; Others: Frank Jerke
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- "Superb Ensemble 4.1"
- Victoria International Arts Festival
- The only "Piano Windtet" of its kind: Ensemble 4.1!
- FOUR wind soloists from top German Orchestras and ONE unmistakable pianist Thomas Hoppe devote themselves to this still undiscovered wonderful musical genre.
- Ensemble 4.1, "the Easy-Rider of Viennese Classic"
- (DWZ / May 8,2016)
- Press reviews for the first CD, "ensemble 4.1 - origins": "absolutely exhilarating", "taste combines with perfect balance", "aligns itself with the most memorable performances of the work."
- The NDR chose the CD to be part of the "10 most noteworthy CDs of the chamber music year 2015". A nomination for the "International Classical Music Award (ICMA) 2016" followed soon afterwards.