Cuarteto SolTango’s unique ensemble of violin, cello, bandoneon and piano brings the music of the Golden Age of Tango to life by combining traditional orchestral sound with the true spirit of chamber music.
Since it was founded in 2008, the quartet has regularly been invited to perform at important classical events such as the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Heidelberg Spring, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam and the Bayerischer Rundfunk studio concerts. The growing discography (Tango Extreme – 2008; Cristal – 2015) has been warmly received by the classical market and the international tango scene alike. Reviews and interviews have been published in the Rondo, The Strad and the Tangodanza magazines, among others.
The SolTango Quartet plays its chosen music as if born to it
The Cuarteto SolTango is about to release their new album “Sin Palabras” in early 2019.
The ensemble performs artful instrumentations of founder Martin Klett, who has made a name for himself as a versatile, international prize-winning pianist. Dutch cellist Karel Bredenhorst, also a founding member, brings his experience as a versatile chamber musician and from experimental crossover-projects. Violinist Thomas Reif was appointed concertmaster of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra at the age of 26, and has been awarded various international prizes. Norwegian Andreas Rokseth, on the bandoneon, graduated as the best bandoneonist in the history of the Codarts University in Rotterdam. He has thrilled audiences at the Buenos Aires Festival y Mundial.
Cuarteto SolTango has wowed audiences live on stage at tango shows and international tango festivals in Düsseldorf, Ghent, Amsterdam, Oldenburg, Leipzig and more. They have performed with world-renowned dance couples from Europe and Buenos Aires such as Michelle & Joachim, Alejandra & Mariano and Gastón & Moira.
With a complete mastery of stylistic traditions, they effortlessly bridge the gap between ‘old tango’ and ‘tango nuevo’ a la Piazzolla.
05 05 2018
20:00 | Donaueschingen (D)
14 05 2018
WDR 3 “Tonart”
Interview Thomas Reif & Martin Klett
15 – 18 05 2018
19 05 2018
18:00 | Wuppertal (D)
Musik auf dem Cronenberg
18 07 2018
20:00 | Lütetsburg (D)
Musikalischer Sommer in Ostfriesland
28 12 2018
20:00 | Rosenheim (D)
Album Release Konzert
12 01 2019
20:00 | Offenburg (D), Oberrheinhalle
Album Release Concert
13 01 2019
17:00 | Karlsruhe (D), Hemingway Lounge
Album Release Concert
19 01 2019
20:00 | Lünen (D), Hansesaal
Album Release Concert
20 01 2019
17:00 | Satrup (D), Bernstorff-Forum
Album Release Concert
26 01 2019
20:00 | Fürstenfeldbruck (D), Forum Fürstenfeld
Album Release Concert
German violinist Thomas Reif was a prize winner at national and international competitions, most recently at the Queen Elisabeth Competiton in Brussels, the International Mozart Competitions of Salzburg and Augsburg and the International Brahms Competition. As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras throughout Germany, Austria and BeNeLux, including the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the National Orchestra of Belgium and the Münchener Rundfunkorchester. 2018 he will give his debut with the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn at numerous prestigious concert halls such as Konzerthaus Berlin and Liederhalle Stuttgart.
A passionate chamber musician, Thomas regularly appears at festivals such as Festspiele MecklenburgVorpommern, Verbier Festival Academy, Classique Puplinge, Festivo Chiemgau and Harriet and friends. He has played with Clemens Hagen, Lukas Hagen, Herbert Schuch, Harriet Krigh and many more. As cofounder of the ensemble c4 he interprets early baroque music in new and daring ways. With the same chamber musical energy, he leads chamber orchestras without conductor. He works as guest concert master with the Vienna, Munich and Kurpfalz Chamber Orchestras and the Hamburg Camerata, performing with conductors such as Alexander Liebreich, Stefan Vladar and Johannes Schlaefli on internationally renowned stages of Berlin, Munich and Tokyo.
Thomas studied with Harald Herzl, Tanja Becker-Bender and Stephan Picard and has received further artistic ideas during masterclasses with Midori, Igor Ozim, Ferenc Rados, Gerhard Schulz, Vadim Gluzman and many more. He plays a violin by Tomaso Balestrieri from 1760. *** www.thomasreif.net
The dutch cellist Karel Bredenhorst performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. His most recent concerts have taken him from Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Austria, Switzerland and Estonia up to Brazil, USA and Nepal. Karel is founder and artistic director of the Cervo Chamber Music Festival, a member of Duo Verzaro and plays regularly with Cello8ctet Amsterdam.
As a chamber musician Karel performs regularly at numerous festivals such as the Amsterdam Cellobiënnale, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana Siena, the Southwell Music Festival, the Orlando Festival, the Styrian Chamber Music festival, IMS Prussia Cove and the Schleswig- Holstein Festival. In these concerts Karel performed together with musicians such as Midori, Gustav Rivinius, David Geringas, Jean Sulem, Johannes Erkes, Hartmut Rohde and Ian Fountain.
Karel studied in Holland with Monique Bartels and with Paul Uyterlinde before he graduated the soloist class at the Musikhochschule with Prof. Troels Svane with distinction. During his studies, Karel was frequently coached by mastercellists such as Gustav Rivinius, Gary Hoffman, Miklos Perenyi, Steven Isserlis, Anner Bylsma and David Geringas. Today, Karel himself teaches his own masterclasses at the European Summer Music Academy Kosovo and the Southwell Music Festival.
With his former string quartet En-Accord, Karel won several prizes and was coached by members of legendary quartets such as Bartók Quartet, Amadeus Quartet, Juilliard Quartet, Brandis Quartet and Borodin Quartet. Karel plays a cello by Paul Blanchard built in 1902, Lyon. *** www.cellist.nl
Andreas Rokseth is a highly virtuoso bandoneon player and a listening musician. Having played the bandoneon in the Orquesta Típica Tangueros del Norte since he was ten years old, he was lucky to gain concert experience and become a good chamber musician at an early age. He quickly fell in love with Argentinian Tango music, an expression that has internalised itself in him during extensive study trips and tours through Argentina, where he took lessons with some of the greatest names of bandoneon today. In Europe, he has studied with Kåre Simonsen, Per Arne Glorvigen and Pablo Mainetti. At the age of 17, he won the 1st prize at the International Bandoneon Competition Klingenthal (Germany) and graduated from his master studies at Codarts University of the Arts as the first bandoneon player ever to get highest grades in his final masters performance.
One of the projects he has put most of his energy into during the latest years is his duo Julie & Andreas, where he combines his tango instrument with the harp. In this line-up he explores new chamber musical sounds as well as new roles for the bandoneon, bringing the instrument into new styles such as Celtic music, Scandinavian folk music and classical music. The duo was very well received by the Argentine audience when they performed at the Buenos Aires Festival y Mundial.
As well as being an performer, Andreas also composes new music for the bandoneon. In his latest compositions he has been exploring how to fuse the rich tango tradition of the instrument with Irish folk music. He also has a strong voice as a tango arranger, with an elegant taste and instinctual feel for the genre. *** www.andreasrokseth.com
Martin Klett has made a name for himself as a solo pianist and chamber musician, with appearances at a number of important music venues. Ever since winning the International Johannes Brahms Competition as a soloist and the German National Music Competition with clarinetist Sebastian Manz, Klett has become a welcome guest at prestigious music festivals such as Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein, Heidelberg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, as well as performances throughout Europe and Asia.
As a valued chamber musician, Klett regularly performs with ARD and ECHO prize winners, leaders from major orchestras and renowned professors. He has also been invited to perform with such artists as Sabine Meyer, Peter Buck, Amarcord and the Schumann Quartet. His activities have resulted in a number of broadcast and CD recordings, among others two three albums with clarinetist Sebastian Manz and chamber music recordings with cellists Mark Schumann and Charles-Antoine Duflot.
Born in 1987, Martin Klett started taking piano lessons at the age of six and has been particularly influenced and inspired by Prof. Konrad Elser during his studies at the Musikhochschule Lübeck. Further tutelage under Elisabeth Leonskaja, Leon Fleisher, Pascal Devoyon, Gerhard Schulz and Walter Levin has rounded out his artistic development. Crowning an impressive array of prizes and distinctions, Klett has been awarded a fellowship from the German National Music Competition, promoting his recognition as a soloist.
A passionate pedagogue, he tutors students at the Musikhochschule Leipzig in piano studies. *** www.martinklett.com