Friday, February 4, 2022
Aaron Dan (Flute), Olivier Stankiewicz (Oboe), Sacha Rattle (Clarinet), Joost Bosdijk (Bassoon), Lionel Speciale (Horn), Zeynep Özsuca (Piano)
“Berlin Counterpoint was “fully present”, performing with alert senses and virtuosic verve.” – Die Glocke
Winner of 2013 Usedomer Musikpreis, Berlin Counterpoint has rapidly established itself in Europe as well as other parts of the world. Through their strong musical ideals, well-thought-out programming and above all, their intense desire to communicate through music, they are considered one of the premier ensembles of its kind. 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 six musicians of Berlin Counterpoint, who also perform worldwide as individuals, hold passports from Romania, France, the Netherlands, Britain, the United States and Turkey; Berlin Counterpoint’s sparkling sound, homogeneous virtuosity and adventurous yet thoughtful interpretations are very much owed to this meeting of different cultural and musical backgrounds. Berlin Counterpoint’s ever-growing repertoire, spanning from baroque era to contemporary music, includes traditional works for wind quintet and piano, as well as members’ own arrangements and other new works commissioned from young composers.
Since its conception 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, Istanbul Music Festival, Palau de la Música Valencia, and the Kammermusiksaal of the Berlin Philharmonic as well as tours to Brazil, Mexico and USA. Its highly praised debut CD (2013 Genuin Label) was not only extremely well received by the audiences and critics, but also brought them a nomination for Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts