Chamber ensembles

  • Berliner Brahms Trio

    Founded in Weimar in 1970, the trio first took on the name »Brahms-Trio Weimar« on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the death of Johannes Brahms. Since 1987, the ensemble has consisted of Gunther Anger (piano), Thorsten Rosenbusch (violin) und Michael Nellessen (violoncello) and has been performing under the name “Berliner Brahms Trio.” Thorsten Rosenbusch is first concertmaster of the Staatskapelle Berlin, Michael Nellessen assistant solo cellist.

    The Berliner Brahms Trio has performed concerts in numerous musical venues and music festivals at home and abroad. Tours have led the ensemble to a host of countries including Finland, Switzerland, Italy, France, Syria, Austria and Hungary. Broadcast recordings and live recordings of concerts across the country and the world document the high level of playing consistently attributed to the ensemble in press reports.

    Thorsten Rosenbusch, violin
    Michael Nellessen, violoncello
    Gunther Anger, piano

  • Tilia Quartett

    Its place of origin, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, provides the Tilia Quartet with its namesake: in Latin, »tilia« means »linden tree«. Eva Römisch, Andreas Jetzsch, Wolfgang Hinzpeter and Johanna Helm, four young musicians of the Staatskapelle Berlin, make up this string quartet, which was formed in 2003.  
    Born near Stuttgart and multiple prizewinner of the »Jugend musiziert« competition, Eva Römisch came to Berlin to study violin with Uwe-Martin Haiberg. She was accepted as a member of the Staatskapelle in 2002 – before even finishing her graduate recital.  
    After visiting the Spezialschule für Musik in Berlin and the State Music Conservatory in Bozen, Italy, violinist Andreas Jetzsch studied with Joachim Scholz and Michael Mücke in his native Berlin and was prizewinner at the »Musica senza frontier« competition in 1995. He has been a member of the Staatskapelle since 2002.  
    Born in Hamburg, Wolfgang Hinzpeter studied viola in Hannover with Hatto Beyerle, switching over to the Staatskapelle in 1999 following his first engagement with the Rheinoper (Duisburg Symphony). He has also been a member of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra since 1998.  
    Cellist Johanna Helm was born in Bremen. After the pre-studies with Ulf Tischbirek in Lübeck, she completed her studies at the Berlin University of the Arts with Jens Peter Maintz, she holds a scholarship of the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation, the Jütting Foundation, the Ad infinitum Foundation and is a member of the Berlin Staatskapelle since 2011.  
    The Tilia Quartet has already given numerous highly publicized concerts both in Berlin and abroad in addition to invited appearances at international festivals.

    Eva Römisch, Andreas Jentzsch – Violin (alternating)  
    Wolfgang Hinzpeter - Viola  
    Johanna Helm - Violoncello 

  • Bläserquintett Staatskapelle Berlin

    Years of intensive collaboration have lent the Brass Quintet of the Staatskapelle Berlin an extraordinary homogeneity in terms of sound and musicality. The musicians making up the ensemble – all first solo brass players in the Berliner Staatskapelle – have proven their first-rate instrumental capabilities in numerous concerts, both at home and abroad.  
    Their vital musicianship and programming, quite often exceptional for its zest for the new in the face of a brass quintet repertoire frequently perceived as confined, has brought them much acclaim. In addition to numerous debut performances of successful works, the musicians also consistently premiere new works, such as those they commissioned by Detlev Glanert and Frank Raschke.  
    The members of the Brass Quintet of the Staatskapelle Berlin also participate in numerous additional ensembles including the Berlin Brass Soloists, the variazione ensemble and the 14 Berlin Flutists.  
    They are in demand as soloists and chamber music partners and have given numerous guest performances with such artists as Daniel Barenboim throughout Europe, the USA, Japan and Israel. Particular attention is due their work with young musicians at international courses, including the West-Eastern Divan Workshop with Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said as well as their teaching activities at various German music academies.  
    For more than a decade now, the quintet has dedicated its time to giving regular concerts within the scope of the Chamber Music Series of the Staatskapelle at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, allowing the public a glimpse of their extraordinary breadth of repertoire. In the autumn of 2009 Mathias Baier joined the quintett in the place of Ingo Reuter.  
    Thomas Beyer, flute  
    Gregor Witt, oboe  
    Heiner Schindler, clarinet  
    Axel Grüner, French horn  
    Mathias Baier, bassoon

  • Lindenbrass- The Brass Ensemble of Staatskapelle Berlin

  • Trio Apollon

    Matthias Glander, Felix Schwartz and Wolfgang Kühnl, who came together to form the extraordinary Trio Apollon, drew continual inspiration from their regular collaboration with artists like Daniel Barenboim, Yefim Bronfman and Yo-Yo Ma in developing their own individual sound and unique playing style.  
    They have conquered the hearts of their listeners in appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and venues in London and Paris. Their singular, »highly Romantic instrumentation« (clarinet, viola and piano), as Robert Schumann once described it, never fails to surprise and enchant the listener.  
    The repertoire of the Trio Apollon spans across the Viennese classics through the German Romantics and all the way to the modern. Well-known contemporary composers have dedicated works to the Trio Apollon. In 2006, their CD entitled »Wasserspiele«, released on the Warner Classics label, received the Echo Classic as best chamber music recording.  
    Matthias Glander, clarinet  
    Felix Schwartz, viola  
    Wolfgang Kühnl, piano

  • Salonorchester »Unter’n Linden«

  • Salonorchester »Illusion«

  • Perkussive Spielvereinigung

    The Perkussive Spielvereinigung (lit. transl. »The Percussive PlayFederation«) was founded by Christian Langer and Dominic Oelze in 1996. Prior to that, Langer and Oelze had already played together during pre-conservatory studies at the Spezialschule für Musik in Halle, Germany, and the two studied together at the music conservatory of Leipzig, the Hochschule für Musik »Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy«, with Professors Karl Mehlig and Stephan Stopora. Oelze also studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Peter Sadlo. Since 1999, Langer has been engaged with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Oelze with the Staatskapelle Berlin.  
    While the Perkussive Spielvereinigung is structured first and foremost as a percussion duo, the ensemble is also at times augmented with further musicians, dancers, photographers and stage designs to accommodate the specific program concept at hand, and its regular concerts are dedicated to performances of contemporary ensemble and solo literature as well as to improvisations. Oelze and Langer also teach at the music conservatory of Dresden, the Hochschule für Musik »Carl Maria von Weber«.

  • Ensemble Variazione

    The history of the ensemble variazione, consisting of members of the Staatskapelle Berlin, reaches all the way back to the 1980s, when a group with continuously changing instrumentation dedicated to the most challenging works of the chamber music literature was formed under the name »New Chamber Music Reunification Berlin«.  
    Tailored around the demands of the repertoire, the core group made up of string quartet members and solo brass was supplemented with other musicians as the need arose. The consciously open, varying instrumentation of the ensemble, covering nearly all possible combinations of strings, brass and piano, made it possible to rehearse and perform a large portion of the chamber music literature.  
    The ensemble variazione typically gives one chamber concert per season in which musicians present not only pre-Classical and Classical works but also works of the Romantic and contemporary periods.

  • Preußens Hofmusik

    »Preußens Hofmusik«: German for »Prussian Court Music«, this is the name under which musicians from the Staatskapelle, a respected institution that has cultivated a long, nearly 450-year-old tradition, came together some years ago. Directed by violinist Stephan Mai, one of the founding members of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the ensemble is dedicated primarily to the performance of repertoire from Berlin and Potsdam at the time of Prussian king Friedrich II and also plays works from other European musical centers dating back to the same period. The particular focus of the ensemble rests on composers who resided in cities of the Prussian royal seat, such as the highly gifted sons of Johann Sebastian Bach, Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel, and the Graun brothers, whose original compositions had a great impact on the musical life of Berlin around the mid-19th century. However, the symphonies and concertos of composers of the First Viennese School, Haydn and Mozart, as well as the compositions from the Baroque can be heard regularly as well.  
    While the members of »Prussian Court Music« play on modern instruments, their musical interpretations are informed by historical performance practice. The instrumentation of the ensemble varies according to the demands of the repertoire, and the group makes four concert appearances per season at Rotes Rathaus. In addition to these appearances, the musicians have also performed at the reopening of the Berlin Bode Museum and were heard in concert at the »Preußischer Landtag« Berlin parliamentary building and the Hotel Adlon. Their first recording, which includes works by the Bach family, Johann Gottlieb Graun and Joseph Haydn, was released on the Berlin Classics label in the summer of 2006.