The Ensemble Mediterrain is a chamber music group founded 2002 in Berlin whose main goal is to promote the music of the Mediterranean cultural area. This is successfully achieved for example combining this music with well-known works by composers of Central European countries.
HISTORYThe artistic career of the group includes appearances in concert halls and festivals of major importance in countries such as Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and South Korea. From the Konzerthaus in Berlin to the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, from the Teatro Oriente in Santiago de Chile to Sarajevos’s International Festival, from the Theatro Municipal in São Paulo to the Salle Gaveau in Paris, both audience and press were unanimous considering their performances of the highest level.
PROGRAMS AND INSTRUMENTATIONThe Ensemble Mediterrain is composed of guest musicians coming from renowned leading German orchestras: Berliner Philharmoniker, Dresdner Philharmonie, Münchner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Staatskapelle Berlin, Museumsorchester Frankfurt, Komische Oper Berlin, SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, among others.
As flexible and varied as the instrumentation - it ranges from a trio to a chamber orchestra - are also the programs. The Ensemble Mediterrain has already performed around 200 works and besides composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Debussy, Stravinsky or Schoenberg, the Ensemble Mediterrain is very devoted to contemporary music. This is reflected in the close and intensive cooperation with contemporary composers of different countries and a total of 9 dedicated and/or commissioned compositions.
RECORDINGSThe first CD was released in 2006 with original works dedicated to the Ensemble Mediterrain by four young Portuguese composers. This recording was published by Austrian label CCR - Classic Concert Concert. In 2009, the German label DreyerGaido released another CD this time with Beethoven's Septet op.20 and the world premiere of a version for chamber ensemble of the famous "Suite Española" Op.47 by Isaac Albéniz.
The concerts of the Ensemble Mediterrain are regularly broadcasted by Deutschlandradio Kultur (Germany), Antena 2 (Portugal), Rádio USM (Chile), ORF (Austria), Rádio Clásica - RNE (Spain), Catalunya Musica (Spain) and EBU (European Broadcasting Union).