Cuarteto SolTango epitomizes the new generation of authentic tango, combining the luscious sound of a traditional orquesta with the verve that only chamber music can offer.
Together, the four musicians interpret a wide diversity of classic tango styles of Lucio Demare, Osvaldo Fresedo and Aníbal Troilo right up to the Tango Nuevo of Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Pugliese in alluring arrangements by Martin Klett.
Soon after it was founded in 2008, the quartet was invited to perform at the music festivals of Schleswig-Holstein and Oberstdorf, thereby launching their appearances in a series of outstanding classical venues. Since then, the four have played at a number of international festivals – most recently at the innovative Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam and Heidelberg Spring. During the season 2017/18, SolTango returned to the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival and performs at the Studio Concert series at the Bavarian Broadcast in Munich.
The SolTango Quartet plays its chosen music as if born to it
The Cuarteto SolTango released its debut CD “Tango Extreme” in 2011.
Two years later, they recorded the album “Cristal”, collaborating with the German National Broadcast and the chamber music label CAvI. Rave reviews by the Rondo and The Strad magazines illustrate their great success. The next album will be recorded 2018.
Cuarteto SolTango was part of the Blue Tango show in conjunction with the International Tango Festival Düsseldorf and the show Terra Tango at the Ghent Festival of Flanders. The four virtuosos have been acclaimed by dancers at international tango festivals in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Oldenburg and Leipzig, including appearances with prestigious dance couples 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
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